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China: “Be a Good Example”

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited and condensed for length)

Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops. — Luke 12:2-3

Pastor Enfu leads a church in China that is not a government-approved church. Recently, he told VOM Radio host Todd Nettleton about how the Chinese government spies on Christians. Read part of their conversation below.

Todd: I know that your government sometimes tells pastors that they have to put up cameras in their churches if they want to keep meeting. You know that the government can watch you anywhere you go. How does that affect you?

Pastor Enfu: When we preach, it’s almost like we have an additional audience. We are mindful of that. The government officials need to hear the gospel, too.

When you walk in the streets, there is a high definition video recorder. In the subway stations, you can see the receiver. Everything is recorded, even cell phones.

Todd: So they even hear what you say!

Pastor Enfu: Therefore, as pastors, we have to live our lives according to what we do as Christians. If we smile and everything is good in public, and at home we fight, the government is looking through the camera. They say, “He is a Christian pastor, he is nice in the church, but at home he is angry all the time.” So that is a bad testimony. I tell pastors, “Be a good example in public and private.”

Todd: I think that is an amazing response. I think for us as Americans, we would say, “The government is watching us all the time. That is terrible.” What I hear you saying is, “The government is watching all the time. That is an opportunity to be a witness.”

Pastor Enfu: Yes, definitely.

To Talk About
What would you do differently if you knew that cameras tracked you all the time?


What’s Going On in China?

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited and paraphrased for length and clarity)

Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio recently interviewed several Christians from China. “What is the latest from the church in China?” Todd asked one pastor.

“At the beginning,” the pastor answered, “The persecution really started in [one city] where they took down the crosses off the churches. Now the whole country is under persecution.

Todd: What is it about the church that is so threatening or so bothersome to the government?

Pastor: It is because of the growth of Christianity in China. The number of Christians we have now in China is more than 110 million. This is more than the number of members of the Communist Party in China. So they are kind of afraid that too many Christians will bother or affect politics.

Todd: How has this affected your church?

Pastor: They came with 40-50 police, and they will took away our stuff. All our church stuff, like chairs, computers, the projector, anything like that.

Todd: What did the people in the congregation do when 40 or 50 policemen came in?

Pastor: Some of the kids were kind of afraid and started crying; others took out their phones and started video-taping. Then they took all the phones away, and wallets and ID cards. The second time when they came, they had about 150-200 police.

Todd: As a pastor, how do you prepare the people in your congregation to face that situation and not to be overcome by fear?

Pastor: For our church, when the persecution started and I knew that it was possible that we would be persecuted, we invited some lawyers to come and give us some lessons. They taught us about the laws. What we are doing is legal. It is not illegal. Also, all the pastors in the church give sermons about how a real Christian will be persecuted. So when the church knows about the law and knows about the truth of the Bible, they will not be in great fear when they are taken away by the police.

I have been taken to prisons more than 20 times. I have been in prison for sometimes three months or days, or maybe only a couple of hours. There was a time where I was beaten and a few of my ribs were broken, and I had to lay in bed for about half a year. I can’t say that I don’t have any fear. I do have some fear about going to jail, but if it is the purpose of God that I have to go to jail then I will do what I have to do.

Todd: How can we pray for the Chinese church right now?

Pastor: I want you to pray that China can realize that Christianity is good. I also want you to pray for pastors or workers in the church. Pray that their faith is not to be affected by the persecution, but that they can stand strong and keep on doing what they are doing.


This Month

Parents and Teachers

“China’s Communist Party is putting itself in the place of God.” — Cole Richards, VOM president

The March 2020 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories about courageous Christians in China. The issue includes stories about an illegal online church, and Christians confined in camps where the government tries to make them into “new men” who follow Communist teachings, as well as suggestions for how to help and pray for Chinese Christians. You can share stories of Christians in China from this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.

Additional Related Resources
*Download Bold Believers in China and Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs from the Downloads section.

*Find a Torchlighters DVD and related resources about Eric Liddell (China) here.

*Click here to see a lesson plan for China.


Double Country Word Find

Print the puzzle below. Hidden in the puzzle are the names of seven countries where Christian activities are limited in some way. Each country’s name is hidden TWICE. Look for the following countries running vertically (up and down), horizontally (across), or diagonally (slanted): Iraq, China, Nigeria, North Korea, India, Vietnam, Algeria.

N O R T H K O R E A
V I E T N A M A Z Y
N I B C C I N D I A
I I E W H T G S H A
G C G T I I W I C L
E X D E N R N R H G
R E V F R A A A I E
I N D I A I M Q N R
A L G E R I A U A I
N O R T H K O R E A

Hidden Countries

The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians and monitors persecution in more than 50 countries. Find 10 of the countries hidden in the sentences below. Search for these countries: Libya, Oman, Iran, India, Mali, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Cuba, and Brunei.

Find out about more countries where VOM works here.

  1. Amy found a mouse in the bedroom and the kitchen.
  2. Kings and queens often live in fine palaces.
  3. A camel is a useful animal in the desert.
  4. The mother bear and her cub are hibernating.
  5. Members of the runners’ club run eight miles every day.
  6. People sometimes write prayers in diaries and journals.
  7. The family rode to the beach in a taxi.
  8. The taxi ran out of gas on the way to the beach.
  9. The campers ate chili by a campfire.
  10. The workers went to the drab hut and helped the owners paint it.

  1. n: Amy found a mouse in the bedroom and the kitchen.
  2. Nepal: Kings and queens often live in fine palaces.
  3. Mali: A camel is a useful animal in the desert.
  4. Cuba: The mother bear and her cub are hibernating.
  5. Members of the runners’ club run eight miles every day.
  6. India: People sometimes write prayers in diaries and journals.
  7. China: The family rode to the beach in a taxi.
  8. Iran: The taxi ran out of gas on the way to the beach.
  9. Libya: The campers ate chili by a campfire.
  10. Bhutan: The workers went to the drab hut and helped the owners paint it.