August 31, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jubilee Campaign issued a promotion of the new series on the Global Catholic Network EWTN, called “The Suffering Church.” The program will be anchored by Lord David Alton, and will air September 2010. See original Announcement, August 10, 2010:
JUBILEE CAMPAIGN, USA
The production of “The Suffering Church” series on EWTN was an incredible undertaking for Jubilee Campaign. Our staff worked day and night to coordinate with over 18 participants in bringing together this coherent program on the persecuted church. We hope and pray the series will enlighten you and inspire you to take action and to educate others.
The series will air in September on Sundays at 11:00 PM and Tuesdays at 5:30 AM. More information can be found at EWTN’s program website. For channel information, please go to www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.
We also ask for your prayers for the persecuted as you watch the series. We have asked some of the panelists to submit devotions for their country of interest and will be sharing those with you for the next few weeks. Today’s devotion is on China from Bob Fu, President of the China Aid Association. We hope it will guide you in your prayers for those persecuted in China.
in HIS grace,
Devotional for China Church
Bob Fu, President, China Aid Association
Just as Jesus Christ commissioned lowly fishermen to lead the first Christian churches and commissioned highly educated Paul (formerly Saul) to share His truth with the multitudes so many years ago, God continues to use all kinds of people to do extraordinary things for His Kingdom. The Christian church in China which operates independent of government controls is under repression and persecution by the government, yet behind the closed doors of these “house churches” are teachers, businessmen, farmers, and intellectuals who worshiping God who has freed them for Himself. A growing team of Chinese human rights lawyers are standing firm in their Christian brothers’ defense, even amidst heavy persecution by the Chinese government. When caught teaching the good news of Jesus Christ or defending those who do, the pastors and lawyers may be required to leave their jobs behind like the early disciples, to be arrested like Paul, or even to be tortured or killed like many faithful martyrs throughout the history of the Church. Yet the number of believers in China continues to grow to His glory; it is our duty and privilege to stand with and for them in the Body of Christ.
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. -Hebrews 13:3
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. -2 Corinthians 5:20
Please pray for strength under persecution for the house churches and human rights lawyers in China, please pray that the Chinese government will recognize and abide by their laws that protect freedom of religion, and please pray for renewed boldness and passion in the Western church for their suffering brothers.
China Aid Contacts
Rachel Ritchie, English Media Director
Cell: (432) 553-1080 | Office: 1+ (888) 889-7757 | Other: (432) 689-6985
Email: [email protected]