Even with China’s draconian ‘Zero-Covid’ strategy and current lockdowns, essentially creating the largest prison in the world, the underground house church continues to grow.
As people in Shanghai deal with fences around their homes and Beijing enters into the first week of extreme anti-Covid measures, the BTJ missionaries in western China are preparing for a week of Gospel outreach.
In the provinces of Gansu, Guangxi, Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai, Tibet, and Xinjiang – BTJ evangelists are taking full advantage of the Communist holidays, which started on May 1st. “We are praying for more opportunities this year than the previous two years,” one Chinese pastor reported from the area.
BTJ just sent financial support this week for the evangelists who are preaching in western China during the pandemic. Even though the restrictions have increased, the opportunities for evangelism in rural areas have also increased and caused a massive demand in support. The pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and led many to ask if there is a Great Power.
China’s economic growth of the past two decades has come to a screeching halt in many of the more rural areas of China, creating a desire to find deeper meaning in life than the atheistic teachings of the Communist Party.
Amazingly, the church in China has not been shrinking during the pandemic, but exploding. There is a greater need for evangelists now, than ever before.