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God In The Chinese Written Characters, Part 1

God In The Chinese Written Characters, Part 1

December 7, 2010 | Da Yong —

God is present even in countries that officially deny His existence. Through nature God reveals Himself to us all, Romans 1, Ps. 19. He often reveals Himself in other ways as well. The written language of China is one of the oldest continually used systems the world has. Characters dating back not just hundreds but thousands of years. Characters that clearly show us that in ancient China people knew God.

I want to share with you a few Chinese characters that will really get your attention. If you have Chinese friends who are not Believers you can use these as a tool to share God and who He is.

Well, here they are; The word for create in Chinese is .  When we break the character down into two parts we discover that the first part means to talk and the second to walk. When God created man He did not create man as an infant but as a completely grown man capable of walking and talking.

Another character that reveals the creation of man in the written Chinese language is the Chinese character for first. This character is made up of three parts, the first stroke to the character means alive, it is added to another character that means dust. This combination is than placed over the character for man and together it becomes the character for the Chinese word first. Sound familiar? If not read Genesis 2:7

Well, you might be thinking maybe this is just coincidence. Keep reading it only gets more convincing!  When God created man and gave man a companion they were placed in the garden and were to enjoy all the blessings of Eden. They were told not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were forbidden to eat the fruit this tree produced. The Chinese character for forbidden is made up of two characters. Those characters are the character for God and for tree

You might be thinking well we know that most ancient cultures like the Chinese and Egyptians have creation stories. Don’t come to a conclusion just yet. In the garden the devil presented himself secretly to Eve and deceived her. The Chinese character for devil is made up of four characters.

Eve desired or coveted that which she could not have. Is it just by chance that the Chinese character for covet/desire is made up of two trees and a woman?

The truths found in these characters are not coincidental. We have used these characters in China to point Chinese people towards God and to help them understand that He does exist and that He wants to have a right relationship with them. There are many more characters that have biblical meanings, stay tuned for part 2 of God in the Chinese written language!

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Little-Known Facts About Missions and China

Little-Known Facts About Missions and China

November 29, 2010 | Da Yong —

Many of us have a lot of misunderstandings about missions work in China let alone China itself.  We probably all think of Hudson Taylor when we hear China and Missions.  But, what about these facts, do you know that…

The first recorded missionary to China was a man named Olepen (Alopen) a Nestorian Christian and a heretic.  He arrived in Chang ‘an, present day Xi’an, in the year 635.  He was welcomed by the emperor and Christianity grew until two centuries later Emperor Wu Tsung persecuted Christians and the church.

John of Monte Corvino, a Franciscan missionary, bought young boys from non-Christian parents and after baptizing them and training them sent them out as ministers in 1294.  He worked in China for 11 years and baptized more than 6,000 people.

Today we can call our travel agent and book a flight for Shanghai or Beijing in a matter of minutes and the flights to China usually last about 15 hours, not bad for traveling half way around the world.  A hundred years or more ago, travel to China took enormous amounts of patience and even more courage!  From England to China it took travelers at least 6 months by boat.  Many people never made it to China because they often got sick and died on their way there.

It was a capital offense to print evangelistic and Christian literature in the early 1800’s.  It was even forbidden for foreigners to learn Chinese! Chinese Tutors of foreigners often carried poison to swallow in case they were caught to avoid torture by the Chinese officials.

Robert Morrison was the first protestant missionary to China in 1807.  His pioneering work produced a 6 volume Chinese dictionary and a translation of the Bible.  These two accomplishments opened the door for other protestant missionaries to share the Gospel across China!

Early Protestant missionaries served as international diplomats because they were fluent in Chinese.  They played key roles in much of the international issues China and the Western powers were dealing with.  William A.P. Martin was responsible for writing a clause in the Treaty of Tianjin, which, allowed missionaries to enter the interior of China.  This treaty opened the door for Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission to win thousands to Christ in the unreached parts of China.  Today English is everywhere in China!  In fact by law children must begin learning English in kindergarten.  It is required that every child spend 3 hours a week learning English in school.

Early Catholic missions focused on converting the elite class of China.  Matteo Ricci arrived in Beijing in 1601 and made immediate inroads with the literati because of his fluency in classical and spoken Chinese.  Protestant missionaries did the exact opposite.  They reached out to the poor masses in the 19th and 20th centuries.

China was the largest Protestant mission field from 1830 to 1949.  There were over 8,000 missionaries in China at its height, which was the 1920’s.  In spite of the Chinese government expelling missionaries in the 1950’s the church in China grew steadily until the 1980’s.

The official church of China is called the Three-Self Church.  The first self stands for self-governing.  As a communist government the officials certainly do not want outside influence to run a portion of the population.  Self-supporting is the second self and again no outside monetary influence that might cause an uprising of some kind.  The last self is self-propagating.  The Three-Self idea was actually the invention of a missionary named John Nevius who desired to plant indigenous churches!

The largest massacre of Protestant missionaries took place in China.  During the Boxer Rebellion, 188 adults as well as children were martyred.  John and Betty Stam were martyred in 1934.  In a note to the mission head-quarters he wrote that they were taken prisoner and finished the letter by quoting Phil. 1:20 whether life or death, Christ be glorified.

Are you willing to glorify Christ in life as well as death?  For more information about helping with the harvest in China contact the author of this article.

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The Reality of China’s One-Child Policy: A Forced Abortion at Eight Months

The Reality of China’s One-Child Policy: A Forced Abortion at Eight Months

Friday, October 22, 2010
By Patrick Goodenough

(CNSNews.com) – Critics of Beijing’s “one-child policy” say a televised clip showing a young mother enduring a forced abortion at eight months’ gestation calls for a worldwide response.

According to the report by al-Jazeera television, heavily pregnant Xiao Ai Ying was forced to undergo an abortion at a hospital in the southeastern coastal city of Xiamen because she and her husband, Luo Yan Qua, already have their permitted one child – a 10-year-old daughter.

“There were many men surrounding my wife,” Luo told a reporter outside. “They held her arms behind her back, pushed her head against the wall, kicked her stomach and I don’t know if they were trying to give her a miscarriage.”

The report said Xiao’s unborn baby was then given a lethal injection. She was filmed waiting to deliver the dead child.

“I have felt the baby moving round and round in my belly,” Xiao said. “Can you imagine how I feel now?”

Outside, Luo pondered the effect of the tragedy on their existing child.

“She’s been feeling my wife’s belly as it has grown larger and larger over the months,” he said. “My daughter says, ‘I will have a little brother soon.’ I don’t know how I can possibly explain to her what has happened.”

Introduced in the late 1970s, China’s birth limitation policy generally restricts couples to having one child. Exceptions are made in certain cases, including one that allows ethnic minorities or couples living in rural areas to have a second child if their firstborn is a girl.

The policy is enforced through large fines – known euphemistically as “social compensation fees” – threats of job loss or demotion and other punishments and disincentives. But human rights researchers have also recorded the use of even more troubling measures, including involuntary sterilization and forced abortion.

China’s communist government says the policy has been an essential factor in the country’s economic development, having successfully “prevented” 400 million births since 1979.

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and a leading critic of China’s one-child policy, called the video clip “heartbreaking.”

“This video is further evidence that China’s coercive family planning practices cause more violence against women than any other official policy on earth,” she said Thursday.

“Thousands of women are being dragged out of their homes, thrown into ‘family planning’ jail cells, strapped down to tables and forced to abort pregnancies that they want, even up to the ninth month,” she added. “Forced abortion and forced sterilization are China’s war on women.”

‘A baby brother she will never meet’

Chai Ling, a U.S.-based Chinese dissident and founder of an organization called All Girls Allowed, said the video clip showed “the heartrending personal tragedy caused by the brutal enforcement of China’s one-child policy.”

“We urge all people and leaders of the free world to view this video and hear the cries of the parents and this unborn child who was simply murdered,” Ling said in a statement. “How long will the world turn a blind eye to this inhumane policy?”

Al-Jazeera said it was unusual that the incident occurred in one of China’s most modern cities, saying that forced abortions sometimes occurred in “remote areas.”

Littlejohn disagreed that the incident was unusual. She and Ling both pointed to Chinese government-reported figures of more than 13 million abortions carried out each – more than 35,000 a day.

“How many of these are forced?” Littlejohn wondered.

She noted that the fines levied on couples who violate the policy could be 10 times as high as an annual salary in China. “Most people cannot afford to pay these fines. What’s left for them? Forced abortion or forced sterilization.”

“Our hearts are broken again,” said Ling, “For this family, for the suffering mother, father, and their innocent daughter, who is about to learn the cruel truth of the one-child policy through the fate of her baby brother whom she will never meet.”

Ling was a student leader during the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement before escaping to the U.S. via Hong Kong.

She founded All Girls Allowed over the summer. The organization says its mission is “to restore life, value, and dignity to girls and mothers, and to reveal the injustice of China’s one-child policy.”

In 2002, the Bush administration withheld federal funding for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), citing evidence that its work in China supported the coercive elements in the population-control policy.

The move was in line with U.S. legislation prohibiting funds for any agency that “supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”

UNFPA, which denied the claims, lost a total of $244 million in the ensuing years.

While campaigning for the presidency, Senator Barack Obama promised to restore the funding, a pledge he kept soon after taking office.

The head of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission announced last month that the 30 year-old policy would continue “in the coming decades.”

A two-minute Al-Jazeera videoclip (not graphic) can be seen here.

The Trials of the Third Church of China

The Trials of the Third Church of China

November 4, 2010 | Da Yong –

Little to no knowledge of the Bible

The growth explosion in the Third Church of China is causing a great deal of stress and trials.  Even though the TC is made up of intellectuals there is a great void in solid biblical teaching.  Remember that China has been essentially a spiritual vacuum for over 60 years.  China is officially atheistic to it’s core even though there is a State run church.  From schools to home Chinese learn from day one that there is no God.  There is no understanding of basic Bible stories let alone deep theological issues.  Kids in the USA have a greater understanding of the Bible than most TC Christians.  This causes many false teaching and cults to grow out of this lack of understanding of the harder theological issues.  One of the strongest cults in China is known as ”Lightning from the East” lead by a woman who says she is Jesus.

Lack of Full-Time Workers

Even though all these TC fellowships are popping up all over the urban centers of China there is a lack of leadership (pastoral and lay leaders) among them.  Member care is falling short because there are large numbers coming to the Lord and very few people to disciple, guide and ground these new Believers.  There is a real need for pastoral/lay leadership training to help build up and strengthen the new coverts and to keep out false doctrines, teachings and the cults.  It is unfortunate that many of the new Believers are not receiving the milk they need as ”baby Believers” and end up falling away.  One church that we helped plant was being lead by a pediatric heart surgeon.  This Brother was working 60 plus hours a week as a doctor, he is married and has a newborn.  On top of all of that he needed to be ministering to his flock.  In reality this Brother should be a lay leader not the pastor, but, there was no one else that could take his place.

Intellectuals and Continued Learning

The intellectuals that make up the TC fellowships pursue knowledge and wisdom continuously.  The Chinese have a real love for reading and expanding their knowledge on a wide variety of subjects.  In the past most Christian literature was written to the uneducated masses in the country-side.  These books are intellectually inferior to the TC Believers.  They find these books and materials too simplistic.  Some big cities in China now have Christian book store with a wide variety of Western Christian books translated into Chinese, but, the supply for the demand simply does not make the cut.  The need for more resources is staggering.  The Chinese Christians here in the West need to help meet this need by translating more Christian resources.

Living Daily for Christ

In our work among the Chinese we saw a real disconnect between “my Sunday life as a Christian and my weekly life as a citizen”.  The mentality was that they were two separate lives that did not merge together.  One brother explained as most Chinese look at their faith as a “hobby”, something they did on the weekends.  The TC Believers need relevant and practical training for every day life.  They need to understand that their faith is not a “hobby”, but, a radical life changing event that goes everywhere with them.  Whether it is the home, the
office, on the street or in church they exist for the glory of God and therefore they need to live their new life out in front of everyone.  The Chinese are faced with more and more social problems as the country as a whole gains wealth, power and influence.  Divorce, abortions, homosexuality, immorality and many more sin issues are coming to the surface and the TC Believers need to be grounded so they can resist these sins as well as help unbelievers out of these troubles to Christ.  Training the TC Believers is a huge task, but, it will be well worth the effort when we see the TC making a godly influence at all levels of life.

How Can You Help

Prayer of course is the first step in helping our fellow Brothers and Sisters in China.  Pray for the need for more full-time workers, literature and training materials to be translated and that their Biblical knowledge will be increased and deepened.  We are all called to SEND and to GO, so, which of these two are you doing?  There is no in between!  If you want to know more about how you can help send or go contact the author of this article.

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Da Yong
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