Churches around the world are canceling services due to the coronavirus. If you attend a church that is still meeting, but have seniors or young children in your family, you may be opting to stay at home for the time being instead of attending larger gatherings.
The good news: You can still worship God as a family in your home – unless you live in China.
For nations with Internet freedom, Christians staying home and enjoying fellowship through online services feels pretty easy. simple. free.
For nations without Internet freedom, like China, it is a bit more complicated.
“We had a WeChat group that we would join to listen to messages from our church,” one sister said in Wuhan, “but it has been shut down by the government.” Every time an online church service in Wuhan is started and broadcasted online, the government finds it, shuts it down, and blocks the users.
This week, Brother Yun was supposed to be in the USA on tour, but was blocked when travel bans were put in place preventing flights from Asia and Europe.
The travel ban has not stopped the message!
Brother Yun is going on-line and will be encouraging brave believers and sharing words of encouragement with a message of DO NOT FEAR (不要怕).
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The broadcast will be in both English and Chinese.
Online church services can be a great way for churches in Christian nations to enjoy teachings and praise and worship during times like a pandemic, but in China the coronavirus has been used as an excuse to take away even more freedoms of the Christian community.
There is good news: Chinese believers are fighting back and coming together on-line even though they are persecuted.
One such church defying the odds and risking everything to get the Word of God to the believers on lockdown in Wuhan. Wuhan Root and Fruit Christian Church (RFCC, 下上堂基督教会), which is located in Wuhan. Their first video was an online address by their senior pastor, Reverend Huang Lei, recorded on the morning of January 24. Their videos were posted on Chinese social media sites, but were quickly removed by the government. The church illegally obtained a VPN to get around the government firewall and started a YouTube channel on January 26, 2020.
Every week Wuhan Root and Fruit Christian Church are serving those that are lockdown and providing hope and joy to millions of believers through their illegal online services. Believers that are able to get a VPN and get around the nations firewall are able to log on to YouTube and watch, sing, and pray together.
Pastor Huang Lei encourages believers by sharing the Word and quoting Scriptures.
This coming week, Brother Yun will be joining online with those in Wuhan and sharing words of encouragement to the Chinese church and around the world with a message of DO NOT FEAR (不要怕).
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When you praying this week, whether attending church or enjoying service online, please remember your brothers and sisters in China.