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Christian World News - January 20, 2017

Christian World News anchor George Thomas reports from China on the country’s growing and increasingly influential Christian population. Read Transcript


George: HELLO,

EVERYONE, WELCOME TO THIS

VERY SPECIAL EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS,

REPORTING FROM BEIJING,

CHINA.

FOR YEARS THE BIG STORY

OUT OF THIS NATION HAS

BEEN THE ECONOMIC MIRACLE.

BUT THE OTHER UNTOLD

STORY, ESPECIALLY IN THE

WESTERN AREA, HAS BEEN THE

EXPLOSION OF CHRISTIANITY.

AND MANY WE HAVE SPOKEN TO

SAY PRAYER HAS BEEN THE

KEY.

CBN NEWS TRAVELLED TO THE

NORTHEAST PART OF THE

COUNTRY WHERE AN UNUSUAL

24-HOUR PRAYER GATHERING

IS HAPPENING, UNITING MORE

THAN 600 CHURCHES, ALL

PRAYING FOR NOT JUST

CHINA, BUT THE REST OF THE

WORLD.

> FOR YEARS THE CHINESE

GOVERNMENT TRIED TO SNUFF

OUT CHRISTIANITY.

IN THE LATE 1940s, SOME

500,000 CHINESE CHRISTIANS

WERE KILLED BECAUSE OF

THEIR FAITH.

*

George: NOW, DECADES

LATER, IN WHAT IS

OFFICIALLY STILL AN

ATHEIST

NATION...CHRISTIANITY IS

NOW THE FASTEST GROWING

RELIGION.

Through Translator:

WE HAD A DREAM THAT SOME

DAY WE WOULD BUILD A

CHURCH FOCUSED ON PRAYER

FOR CHINA AND THE WORLD.

George: HABING AND

HER HUSBAND ARE WITNESSES

TO THIS PROFOUND MOVE OF

GOD ACROSS CHINA.

IN 2000, THE CHRISTIAN

COUPLE HAD A DREAM, TO

TURN THIS PIECE OF LAND IN

A CORNER OF NORTHEAST

CHINA INTO A PLACE OF

PRAYER.

Through Translator:

MY TEARS FELL LIKE THE

RAIN AND I STARTED

PRAYING.

GOD GAVE US A VISION TO

HELP BRING CHURCHES ACROSS

CHINA TOGETHER FOR

NON-STOP PRAYER.

George: NINE YEARS

LATER, WITH CONSTRUCTION

ON THE PROPERTY ALMOST

COMPLETE, THE COUPLE SENT

OUT E-MAILS AND TEXT

MESSAGES TO FRIENDS AND

PASTORS, INVITING THEM FOR

A PRAYER MEETING.

Through Translator:

WE DIDN'T KNOW WHO WOULD

SHOW UP OR HOW MANY.

I WAS PRAYING THAT PEOPLE

FROM AT LEAST SEVEN

CHURCHES WOULD SHOW UP,

AND TO MY AMAZEMENT,

PEOPLE FROM 70 CHURCHES

JOINED US THAT DAY.

George: THIS IS VIDEO

OF THAT FIRST PRAYER

MEETING.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

WE WERE OVERWHELMED AT THE

RESPONSE.

IT WAS TOTALLY BEYOND OUR

EXPECTATIONS.

George: THE PRAYER

CENTER STARTED JUNE 2009,

AND SINCE THEN 617

CHURCHES FROM ACROSS CHINA

HAVE SIGNED UP TO PRAY 24

HOURS A DAY.

Through Translator:

WE HAVE THREE MAIN

OBJECTIVES: FIRST, THAT

THIS WILL BE A PLACE WHERE

PEOPLE CAN MAKE PEACE WITH

EACH OTHER.

SECOND, THAT GOD WILL USE

THIS PLACE FOR CHURCHES TO

REPENT AND COMPROMISE WITH

EACH OTHER.

AND, THIRD, THAT THIS WILL

BE A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE

CAN MAKE PEACE WITH GOD.

George: CHRISTIANS

FROM OVER 100 COUNTRIES

HAVE ALSO VISITED THE

PRAYER CENTER.

EVERY DAY WE RECEIVE

GUESTS FROM AROUND THE

WORLD.

IT IS SO EXCITING TO SEE

PEOPLE PRAY.

George: THESE

INTERCESSORS KNOW GOD IS

DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL IN

CHINA.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

George: WHEN THE

COMMUNISTS TOOK POWER IN

THE 1940s, THERE WERE

ROUGHLY FOUR MILLION

CHRISTIANS IN CHINA.

TODAY WELL OVER

100 MILLION ARE FOLLOWERS

OF JESUS CHRIST, AND IF

CURRENT GROWTH RATES

REMAIN, EXPERTS SAY IN

LESS THAN TWO DECADES

CHINA WILL BECOME THE

WORLD'S MOST POPULOUS

CHRISTIAN NATION.

IN RETURN, HE SAYS GOD

WILL USE CHINA TO BE A

BLESSING TO THE NATION.

*

Through Translator: I

BELIEVE OUR LIVES AS

CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE A

BLESSING TO OTHERS.

GOD SAID TO ABRAHAM, I

WILL BLESS YOU, I WILL

MAKE YOUR NAME GREAT, AND

YOU WILL BE BLESSING.

George: TIA AND

OTHERS BELIEVE PRAYER

INITIATIVES LIKE THIS HAVE

BEEN KEY TO CHURCH GROWTH

IN CHINA.

Through Translator:

24-HOUR NON-STOP PRAYING

IS NOT AN EASY TASK TO

ACCOMPLISH.

BUT IT IS A HAPPY THING

FOR US TO DO, TO ENJOY 24

HOURS OF GOD'S PRESENCE IN

PRAYER.

Through Translator:

THROUGH PRAYER, OUR MINDS

ARE BROADENED.

PRAYERS INSPIRE US TO LOVE

EACH OTHER.

George: IN 2011, A

NEW SEMINARY AND CHRISTIAN

SCHOOL WERE ESTABLISHED ON

THE GROUNDS OF THE CHURCH

PROPERTY, TO CHANGE CHINA

FOR JESUS CHRIST.

FOR HABING AND HER

HUSBAND, THIS PLACE IS A

GOD-GIVEN DREAM COME TRUE,

TO UNITE CHURCHES IN CHINA

AND HELP BRING NEWS OF

CHRIST'S LOVE TO THE ENDS

OF THE EARTH.

George: CHINA SAYS IT

HAS A HUGE DRUG PROBLEM.

BETWEEN FOUR MILLION AND

14 MILLION ARE ADDICTS.

BUT ONE GROUP HAS FOUND AN

UNUSUAL SOLUTION TO

FIGHTING THE DRUG

EPIDEMIC.

IN THE SOUTHWEST PART OF

HUNAN PROVINCE, NEAR THE

BORDER OF CHINA AND

MYANMAR, LIES A UNIQUE

DRUG REHABILITATION

PROGRAM THAT IS MIXING

PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY TO

CHANGE THE DESTINY OF

ADDICTS.

WE RELY ONLY ON GOD, ON

HIS MIGHTY POWER TO CHANGE

LIVES.

George: CHUNG HELPED

START THE CENTER IN 2007.

WE NEVER USE MEDICATION

OR OTHER EXTREME METHODS.

INSTEAD, WE FOLLOW A

SIMPLE ROUTINE EVERY DAY.

George: A ROUTINE OF

PRAYER.

WE PRAY THAT YOU WILL

USE OUR BROTHER, HELP HIM

TO STAND FIRM.

WE PRAY HE CAN SEE YOUR

MIGHTY POWERS HERE.

MAKE HIM REALIZE HIS PAST

MISTAKES AND SINS AND

REPENT TO YOU FOR A SECOND

CHANCE, SO HE CAN BE MADE

NEW FOR JESUS.

George: THERE IS

WORSHIP...

*

*

George: THERE ARE

BIBLE CLASSES --

LET'S ALL READ TOGETHER

THIS OF COURSE: "I AM NOT

ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL

BECAUSE IT IS THE POWER

GOD FOR THE SALVATION OF

EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES.

FIRST FOR THE JEW AND THEN

FOR THE GENTILE."

*

George: FELLOWSHIP...

*

[APPLAUSE]

George: ...AND THEY

SERVE ONE ANOTHER.

THOSE WHO COME HERE FOR

HELP MUST SEE THE EVIDENCE

OF CHRIST'S POWER TO HEAL.

WE HAVE TO BE AN EXAMPLE

SO THAT OTHERS CAN

EXPERIENCE GOD'S LOVE.

George: HE SAYS IT IS

ALL ABOUT CREATING A SAFE

PLACE FOR STRUGGLING

PEOPLE.

THE RESULTS, HE SAYS,

SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

Through Translator:

SO FAR 60% OF OUR ADDICTS

HAVE OVERCAME THEIR DRUG

PROBLEMS.

THOSE WHO HAVE RELAPSED

END UP COMING BACK TO THE

CENTER AND GOD TOUCHES

THEM.

WE ARE THANKFUL BECAUSE WE

KNOW EVERY SUCCESS IS FROM

HIM.

George: GAO IS PROOF

THAT PRAYER WORKS.

I WAS ADDICTED TO

HEROIN, AND I TRIED TO

QUIT BUT FAILED.

I ENTERED A CORRECTION

CENTER, BUT I NEVER

MANAGED TO COME CLEAN AND

GRADUATE.

I LOST ALL HOPE.

George: THAT CHANGED

IN 2010 WHEN HIS MOTHER

BEGGED HIM TO TRY THE

GOSPEL REHAB CENTER.

HE WAS A GOOD BOY, BUT

WAS LED ASTRAY.

I KNEW IF ANY PLACE COULD

HELP HIM, IT WAS A CENTER.

SO I PLEADED WITH HIM TO

GO.

George: GAO AGREED.

THE CENTER REQUIRES THAT

EACH ADDICT SPEND AT LEAST

A YEAR.

IN THE BEGINNING, I WAS

EASILY IRRITATED.

I REFUSED TO LISTEN TO THE

STAFF AND I WOULD INSULT

THEM.

I DIDN'T WANT TO PRAY OR

READ THE BIBLE.

George: BUT THE STAFF

WOULDN'T GIVE UP.

THEY KEPT PRAYING AND

BELIEVING THAT GOD WOULD

TOUCH HIM, LIKE HE HAD

TOUCHED SO MANY OTHERS WHO

HAD COME BEFORE HIM.

Through Translator:

WE ARE NOT TRAINED DOCTORS

OR DRUG ADDICT

SPECIALISTS.

WE SIMPLY RELY ON FAITH

AND PRAYER.

George: GAO SAYS IT

TOOK SOME TIME, BUT

EVENTUALLY HE HAD A

REVELATION OF CHRIS CHRIST'S

LOVE AND FORGIVENESS.

I KNOW GOD WILL RESTORE

THOSE YEARS THAT WERE

WASTED.

UNDOUBTEDLY, GOD HAS DONE

A MIRACULOUS WORK ON ME.

George: GAO NOW WORKS

AS A COUNSELLOR HERE.

HE ALSO LOVES PLAYING

DRUMS DURING WORSHIP.

AND THE MIRACLE CONTINUES

AS HE TRAVELS AND SHARES

HIS TESTIMONY WITH OTHERS

OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A

LIFE IS TOUCHED BY GOD.

Through Translator: I

BELIEVE THAT IF I REPENT

SINCERELY AND ACCEPT JESUS

AS MY SAVIOR AND LORD, I

WILL BE FORGIVEN AND

WELCOMED INTO HIS KINGDOM.

NOW I KNOW THAT JESUS IS

THE HOPE OF DRUG ABUSERS.

George: THE FOLKS AT

THE CHRISTIAN REHAB CENTER

ARE PREPARING TO RECEIVE

MORE PATIENTS.

HERE IS WHY: NEW NUMBERS

JUST RELEASED FROM THE

CHINA NATIONAL NARCOTICS'

AGENCY, THEY ESTIMATE

THERE ARE NOW IN THIS

COUNTRY CLOSE TO

14 MILLION DRUG ADDICTS.

OUR CAMERAS WERE THERE ON

A RECENT AFTERNOON, WHEN

THE CENTER OPENED ITS

DOORS TO A NEW ARRIVAL.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

George: IN A PROVINCE

KNOWN FOR HIGH DRUG

ADDICTION RATES...

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

George: ...THE GOSPEL

REHAB CENTER WORKS TO MAKE

A DIFFERENCE ONE LIFE AT A

TIME.

George: OUR NEXT

STORY MAY COME AS A

SURPRISE TO MANY OF OUR

VIEWERS.

THERE ARE ABOUT 250

LICENSED CHRISTIAN

BOOKSTORES OPERATING TODAY

IN CHINA, NOT ONLY

BRINGING THE WORD OF GOD

TO THE MASSES, BUT

BRINGING A SPIRIT OF

ENCOURAGEMENT.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

THIS IS A BUDDING

INDUSTRY, JUST LIKE THE

FIRST LIGHT OF DAWN.

George: IN THE

WORLD'S MOST POPULOUS

NATION...

THERE IS STILL A LOT OF

DARKNESS HERE THAT IS

SUPPRESSING THE LIGHT.

George:

...TECHNICALLY STILL

COMMUNIST AND OFFICIALLY

ATHEIST...

Through Translator:

WE HAVE SEEN GOD OPEN THE

DOORS, AND HE WANTS US TO

BE A LIGHT.

George: ...COMES THE

STORY OF A MISSION TO

REACH CHINA'S MASSES WITH

GOD'S WORD.

Through Translator:

GOD WANTS US TO BE LIKE

THE LIGHT OF DAWN.

AS THE LIGHT GROWS

BRIGHTER, THE DARKNESS

WILL RECEDE.

George: JOSEPH TWEE

IS A PIONEER OF SORTS.

IN 2004, HE OPENED ONE OF

CHINA'S FIRST LEGALLY

REGISTERED CHRISTIAN

BOOKSTORES.

Through Translator:

LIFE WAS VERY DIFFICULT

WHEN WE FIRST STARTED.

THE BOOKSTORE WAS

PRACTICALLY SUSTAINED WITH

MONEY FROM MANY SECRET

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

THE LORD.

George: TWEE SAYS

CHRISTIAN BOOKS WERE

SCARCE, AND ANYONE CAUGHT

WITH A BIBLE WENT TO

PRISON.

STILL, MISSIONARIES

SMUGGLED BIBLES AND OTHER

CHRISTIAN LITERATURE INTO

THE COUNTRY, PUTTING

THEMSELVES AT GREAT RISK.

Through Translator:

CHRISTIANS USED TO COME TO

MY BOOKSTORE IN THOSE

EARLY DAYS, ASKING ALL

KINDS OF QUESTIONS, LIKE,

DO YOU HAVE THIS BOOK?

DO YOU HAVE THAT BOOK?

DO YOU HAVE BOOKS WRITTEN

BY THESE AUTHORS?

THEN THEAFTER HEARING SEVERAL

NOs, THEY WOULD SAY,

WHAT KIND OF BOOKSTORE IS

THIS?

George: GOVERNMENT

ATTITUDES BEGAN TO SHIFT

ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, WHEN

AUTHORITIES NOTICEDED HOW

MANY CHINESE PEOPLE WERE

TURNING TO CHRIST.

THIS LED TO LESS

RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLISHING

COMPANIES.

IT ALSO GAVE BIRTH TO A

SMALL INDUSTRY OF WHICH

SHU JISHING WAS EXCITED TO

JOIN.

IN 2002 HE OPENED THE

FIRST CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE

IN SHANGHAI, CALLED

"STAIRS TO HEAVEN."

WHEN WE OPENED, WE ONLY

HAD ONE BOOK IN EACH

SECTION OF THE SHELVES.

ALL TOGETHER 50 BOOKS,

EACH ON THE SHELF WITH A

GIFT PRODUCT ON EITHER

SIDE.

WE WOULD FEEL SO HAPPY

WHEN ONE BOOK WAS SOLD

OUT.

George: THAT SAME

YEAR, CHANG SHEN OPENED

HER SHOP IN THE PORT CITY

OF SHAMEN.

Through Translator:

WE KNEW BOOKSTORES COULD

BE A VERY GOOD PLATFORM TO

REACH PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU

GET TO KNOW PEOPLE'S

SPIRITUAL NEEDS.

George: YU GONG

STARTED SMALL IN THE

BASEMENT OF HIS HOUSE, AND

THEN IN 2002 OPENED WHAT

IS OFFICIALLY THE FIRST

CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE IN

BEIJING CALLED "STREAM

BOOKSTORE."

WE GOT THE NAME BY THE

SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS, IF A

TREE IS PLANTED BY THE

WATER, IT WILL NOT WITHER.

OUR SPIRITUAL RETURNS ARE

MANY.

George: THERE ARE

ABOUT 250 LICENSED

CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORES TODAY

OPERATING IN CHINA, BUT

MANY OF THEM QUICKLY

REALIZED IN ORDER TO

SURVIVE AND THRIVE, THEY

HAD TO CHANGE

TECHNOLOGICALLY.

MY MOTHER WOULD ASK ME,

YOU HAVE BEEN LOSING MONEY

SINCE THE START OF THE

COMPANY.

WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU

DOING?

BUT I KNEW I HAD TO DO IT,

DESPITE THE FINANCIAL

RISKS.

George: IN 2008, WONG

SHIPE STARTED THE FIRST

ONLINE CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE

IN CHINA.

IT WASN'T EASY, BUT WONG

PERSEVERED.

I PRAYED ABOUT IT FOR

EIGHT MONTHS.

THE MORE I PRAYED, THE

MORE I WAS SURE OF GOD'S

GUIDANCE.

I KNEW THE CHURCH AND THE

GOSPEL IN CHINA WERE

RAPIDLY CHANGING.

IT WAS THE RIGHT TIME FOR

PROMPTING THE WORD.

Through Translator:

IN BOOKSTORES, YOU GET TO

KNOW ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE

FROM DIFFERENT PLACES.

YOU CAN HELP PEOPLE

CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER,

MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND BLESS

EACH OTHER.

Through Translator:

WE'RE NOT IN THIS TO MAKE

MONEY.

WE DON'T HAVE A HIGH

INPUT, OUTPUT RATIO, BUT

THIS IS ABOUT INVESTMENT

INTO THE SOULS OF MEN.

George: STILL, THEY

SAY THE CHRISTIAN

PUBLISHING DOOR IS NOT

COMPLETELY OPEN, AND

SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES

REMAIN.

TWO YEARS AGO, CHINESE

AUTHORITIES DEALT A HUGE

BLOW TO CHRISTIAN

BOOKSTORE OWNERS, SEVERELY

RESTRICTING THE NUMBER OF

CHRISTIAN TITLE THAT COULD

BE PUBLISHED EACH YEAR.

IT DROPPED FROM 200 TITLES

A FEW YEARS AGO TO 80 LAST

YEAR.

AS OF THIS YEAR, THE

GOVERNMENT HAS ONLY ISSUED

20 TITLES.

Through Translator:

THE GOVERNMENT IS WORRIED

THAT GIVING US MORE

PUBLISHING TITLES COULD

GREATLY INCREASE THE

NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS AND

COULD SOMEHOW IMPACT THE

SOCIAL STABILITY OF OUR

COUNTRY.

HOWEVER, I THINK THE

AUTHORITIES KNOW THAT THE

GROWTH OF CHRISTIANITY

ACTUALLY MAKES OUR SOCIETY

BETTER AND EVENTUALLY THEY

WILL CHANGE THEIR

ATTITUDES.

*

George: DESPITE THESE

CHALLENGES, WONG AND

OTHERS PRESS ON, KNOWING

GOD IS MOVING IN CHINA.

AND ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS

TO REMAIN FAITHFUL.

Through Translator:

GOD WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD

US UP BY HIS GRACE.

*

Through Translator:

AND HOLD US UNTIL WE

COMPLETE THE GREAT VISION.

*

George: ONE OF THE

INTERESTING AND MOST

UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THE

PERIODUAL OPENNESS TAKING

PLACE TODAY IN CHINA IS

THE SLOW BUT EMERGING

CHRISTIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY.

WE HAD A CHANCE TO SIT

DOWN WITH SOME OF THE

RISING CHRISTIAN STARS.

SHI CHI WAS A ROCK SINGER

FOR 20 YEARS.

HE PERFORMED IN NIGHTCLUBS

AND OTHER VENUES AROUND

CHINA.

BUT THE FAME AND WEALTH,

HE SAYS, DID NOTHING TO

QUENCH THE EMPTINESS HE

FELT INSIDE.

Through Translator:

IT TOOK ME SOME TIME TO

ADMIT IT, BUT THE PLEASURE

WAS TEMPORARY.

IT DID NOT REACH DOWN INTO

MY SOUL.

George: HE TOLD US

HOW THAT ALL CHANGED IN A

SINGLE MOMENT AND

TRANSFORMED HIS SINGING

CAREER.

Through Translator: I

WAS READING THE BIBLE, AND

GOD SPOKE TO ME IN

JEREMIAH 1 VERSE 7-8.

George: THAT

SCRIPTURE WAS LIKE A

REVELATION.

HE SAYS HE KNEW THEN THAT

THE LORD WAS CALLING HIM

TO DO SOMETHING NEW WITH

HIS VOICE.

I REALIZED THAT THE

PAST 20 YEARS AS A ROCK

SINGER WASN'T A WASTE, AND

GOD WAS PREPARING ME TO

USE MUSIC TO SHARE HIS

FAITH.

*

George: SO INSTEAD OF

PLAYING IN NIGHT CLUBS, HE

STARTED OR ORGANIZING

CHRISTIAN CONCERTS AROUND

THE PUBLICLY, SOMETHING

THAT HAD NEVER BEEN DONE

BEFORE AND ON SUCH A LARGE

SCALE.

*

Through Translator:

WHEN I STEPPED OUT OF THE

ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS AND

COMMITTED MYSELF TO THE

CHURCH, AND TO USING MUSIC

TO DRAW PEOPLE TO CHRIST,

MY LIFE STATUS AND VALUES

CHANGED COMPLETELY.

George: AND THE LORD

REWARDED HIS OBEDIENCE.

Through Translator:

I'VE BEEN IN FULL-TIME

MUSIC MINISTRY FOR ALMOST

THREE YEARS NOW.

DURING THIS THREE YEARS,

AROUND TWO MILLION PEOPLE

HAVE COME FORWARD TO

ACCEPT CHRIST AT MY

CONCERTS -- YES, TWO

MILLION PEOPLE.

George: CHINA LOVES

MUSIC.

IN A FIRST OF ITS KIND

SURVEY RELEASED EARLIER

THIS YEAR, A STAGGERING

977 MILLION PEOPLE, ABOUT

75% OF CHINESE 1.3 BILLION

POPULATION, LISTEN TO

MUSIC REGULARLY.

SHI KNOWS HE HAS A CAPTIVE

AUDIENCE THAT IS OPEN TO

HEARING ABOUT GOD'S LOVE.

Through Translator:

EVERY TIME I STEP ON THAT

STAGE, I FEEL THE

RESPONSIBILITY TO SHARE

THE GOSPEL WITH

NON-BELIEVERS AND TELL

THEM ABOUT REPENTANCE AND

FORGIVENESS, AND SHARE HOW

MY BROKEN LIFE WAS

RESTORED AND RENEWED.

George: HE ADMITS

WHAT HE AND OTHER

CHRISTIAN MUSICIANS ARE

DOING TO SHARE THE GOSPEL

IN CHINA IS HUGE.

THIS IS, AFTER ALL, AN

ATHEIST COUNTRY, WHERE THE

GOVERNMENT OFTEN FROWNS ON

CHRISTIANITY.

AND WHILE THE CHRISTIAN

MUSIC INDUSTRY HERE PALES

IN COMPARISON TO THE U.S.,

SHI BELIEVES THEY ARE

MAKING INROADS.

MUSIC WAS CREATED BY

GOT, BUT IT WAS STOLEN BY

THE DEVIL, AND HE USED IT

TO MISLEAD THE WORLD.

I WANT TO REDEEM IT WITH A

POSITIVE MESSAGE THAT

POINTS PEOPLE TO THE LOVE

OF GOD AND TOUCHES THEIR

SOUL.

George: AND BECAUSE

OF HIS EXAMPLE, MORE

ARTISTS NOW OPENLY

PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL

THROUGH SONG.

CHINA HAS SEEN AN

EXPLOSION OF SINGING

COMPETITIONS IN RECENT

YEARS.

CHRISTIANS, BY THE WAY,

HAVE PLAYED A PROMINENT

ROLE IN SEVERAL OF THE

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS.

*

George: AMONG THEM,

LI WEN CHI, A FINALIST IN

CHINA'S TELL VIVID VERSION

OF "THE VOICE" SINGING

COMPETITION.

AS AN 18-YEAR-OLD, SHE

SAYS SHE UNDERSTANDS THE

PRESSURE MANY OF HER PEERS

FACE IN THE FRANTIC CHASE

FOR WEALTH.

MANY PEOPLE TODAY IN

CHINA BELIEVE MAKING MONEY

SHOULD BE THEIR LIFE-LONG

GOAL, SO THEY SACRIFICE

EVERYTHING TO CHASE THAT

DREAM.

BUT THAT IS FRUITLESS.

I TRY TO USE MY MUSIC TO

ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO CHASE

AFTER GOD INSTEAD.

George: LI'S FATHER

IS ALSO HER BUSINESS

MANAGER.

*

* IT'S SO SWEET TO TRUST

IN JESUS *

George: HE SAYS IT IS

TRULY REMARKABLE THAT IN

CHINA TODAY HIS DAUGHTER

CAN GO ON NATIONAL

TELEVISION AND OPENLY SING

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.

Through Translator:

THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN

UNHEARD OF 30 YEARS AGO.

BUT NOW WE CAN SING

WORSHIP SONGS FREELY.

I KNOW GOD WILL CONTINUE

TO MAKE HIS VOICE HEARD

AROUND THE NATIONS.

George: JOSEPH CHUY

PASTORS A LOCAL CHURCH IN

BEIJING.

HE SAYS PROFESSIONAL

ARTISTS LIKE LI AND SHI

ARE INTRODUCING HIS

COUNTRY TO A GENRE OF

MUSIC THAT IS CREATING,

INSPIRING, AND GETTING

PEOPLE'S ATTENTION.

Through Translator:

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS ALSO

INFLUENCING OTHER

RELIGIONS.

IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO

BUDDHIST MUSIC, THEY ARE

DULL AND BORING, BUT

NOWADAYS, THEIR SONGS ARE

NEW, AND THEY ADOPTED A

POWER FROM CHRISTIAN MUSIC

TO CREATE NEW BUDDHIST

SONGS.

George: THIS IS MUSIC

TO SHI'S EARS, SO IN

BETWEEN WRITING NEW SONGS

AND HOLDING CHRISTIAN

CONCERTS, HE SPENDS HIS

TIME TRYING TO GET OTHER

ARTISTS TO STEP OUT AND

SHARE THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

I BELIEVE THERE ARE A

LARGE NUMBER OF MUSICIANS

WHO ARE AFRAID, FOR

WHATEVER REASON, TO OPENLY

THINK ABOUT CHRIST.

*

[SINGING IN FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

I'M PRAYING THAT MORE

PEOPLE WILL BE BOLD SO

MORE PEOPLE CAN HEAR ABOUT

HIS LOVE.

George: THAT'S IT FOR

OUR SPECIAL EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS"

FROM BEIJING, CHINA.

I HOPE YOU'VE ENJOYED A

LOOK AT THE GROWTH OF

CHRISTIANITY IN THIS GREAT

NATION.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL

OF US HERE,

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