It’s Just Different Here

China -1Matthew 9:37-38, Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;   Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

As most of you know, my daughter and I are in the country of China. We are visiting with a dear friend of ours who has served in this country for over 15 years now, and God is doing an amazing work through him. I will leave his name out for security purposes.

China and its 1.4 billion people are often referred to as an Atheistic country. The largest in the world. It is referred to as an atheistic country for good reason.  Unlike any other country that I have ever visited, including Communist Laos, China and the Chinese people seem to be an extremely non-religious people. Unless of course, you refer to “atheism” and/or “materialism” as a religion!

One of the most peculiar things about China, at least Beijing, is that you will find very little if any, signs of religious belief–of any kind–in the public sector. You see no temples or altars. No monks or priests. You see nobody bowing to a statue. And I surely saw no church here but the illegal one that I attended for a mid-week and Sunday service.

WHEN THE COMMUNISTS OVERRAN THIS COUNTRY IN 1949 THEY DID A THOROUGH JOB OF ERADICATING RELIGION, AT LEAST IN THE PUBLIC ARENA!

Beijing-1The City of Beijing is a city of some where between 18-20 million people (more people than Los Angles, Riverside and Orange Counties combined) and it appears to still be growing. It is the capital of China. Beijing is the center of political power (Shanghai is the center of economic power) for the country of China.

As with all major cities around the world, people from all over the country, as well as all over the world come to Beijing for the purpose of getting an education, a job, or simply a new start in life. According to an experienced missionary here, there are four IB missionaries and/or national pastors in the city of Beijing. That’s basically one for every 4-5 million people!

There’s a great need, not only in this city, but in this country, for more laborers to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Just reflecting on the great need here in China!

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