There have been some pretty amazing people who have joined the vision of the Chinese underground house church, known as Back to Jerusalem. Our small team of international project coordinators in America, Canada, Poland, the UK, the Netherlands, Brazil and South Korea come from all walks of life – from active and retired pastors, to construction workers and engineers, accountants, oil company contractors, IT specialists, program designers, office workers, gun shop owners, medical professionals, military specialists, small business owners and stay-at-home mothers.
Each person working with Back to Jerusalem brings a special amount of enthusiasm, but few bring more than BTJ UK’s board member, Pastor Phil, in Oxford!
Pastor Phil has been representing BTJ as a board member and trustee for several years, but as anyone who visits his home will quickly learn, his support for the vision goes beyond just providing council and studious oversight.
“Hope you don’t mind but… I took photos of the walls in your restroom,” Bethany says to Pastor Phil as she walks into the kitchen. Bethany is the Director of BTJ UK. Bethany had just taken photos of the wall decorations in Pastor Phil’s bathroom, consisting of articles, prayer points, mission maps, and BTJ newsletters. Below is a photo of the back wall of the room.
It is not just BTJ newsletters on Pastor Phil’s walls in the room of private leisure. There are words of encouragement, scriptures, and information on unreached people groups.
At times, Pastor Phil’s home serves as a B&B for Christian pilgrims visiting the historic and picturesque city of Oxford. No one will leave without hearing the BTJ vision. With little doubt, each visitor will spend time in the restroom and will find ample time to read an article or two on the wall at their leisure.
BTJ is a creative ministry finding new and innovative ways to get the Gospel into closed countries, but few people are as clever as Pastor Phil when sharing about the vision of the underground house church of China.