Funding has FINALLY started flowing again to the BTJ evangelists who are preaching the Gospel and planting churches, this after months of institutional opposition.
Many believers are not aware that the biggest challenge hitting Christians in closed countries right now is not Islam, Communism, tyrannical governments, or even COVID-19. The biggest threat to Christian missions is new banking regulations.
Raising money for missions used to be the main challenge that so many churches focused on, but today even if you raise money, there are fewer and fewer ways to get it to the believers in closed nations who need it.
China has been cracking down on banks to shore up control. Bank account holders in China demand to know who sent the money, where the money is going, and why it was received. Banks no longer allow large cash withdraws without first reporting to the government.
China is not alone – every bank in the world has followed. Banks in India are perhaps the worst offenders. The BTJ team in India cannot receive humanitarian aid for legally registered NGOs to help in poor areas. As a result, NGOs in India are shutting down one-by-one.
Earlier this year, BTJ sent a wire transfer to our partners in the Middle East, and within hours the bank called the BTJ missionary into their office and demanded to know – not only who sent the money – but how the sender got the money to send in the first place!
However, because of the continuous prayers of BTJ partners, BTJ is finding new creative ways to fund the mission work in closed countries. BTJ evangelists in China were finally able to get the funding that they needed to do their work and it is no doubt the result of prayer.
Currently, BTJ is financially supporting 250 evangelists in Western China and they are working in the 15 most unreached cities.
To learn more about how you can help support these workers, please click here.