This is a great article on the situation in China by Tyler Masters
Expelled from China
After the closing prayer on Easter Sunday, police raided a local Chinese church in the city of Harbin. They interrogated the members and took the church leadership into custody. A sister church experienced the same type of invasion shortly thereafter.
Among those arrested were two Chinese pastors and two foreign missionaries. My friends, Jake Taube and John Walz, were the key suspects in the investigation. The questioning lasted for several days requiring all of them to make regular and lengthy visits to the local police station. They told the truth about who they were and what they were doing.
After several days of wondering what would be the final verdict, Jake and John were told that they have ten days to leave the country. Although the Chinese pastors were released, they are mourning the imminent departure of their close friends and mentors.
Over the past several years the Lord has used all of these men greatly in China. Currently four healthy churches, which did not exist before Jake’s arrival, are now strong and growing. I am always amazed, but never surprised, by how the Lord uses these men in China.
Please pray for them as they make this transition. Jake and John need wisdom in knowing what step to take next, and the believers in China need encouragement knowing that the Lord will use this experience for His honor and glory. China needs more men like this who have the courage and determination to preach the gospel at any cost. Will you take their place? Will you have a part in sending others to continue the work?
Check out http://www.projectchina.org to learn more about the ministry and how you can help during this time.
Also check out this article by John Walz
Harbin Church Update: New Direction
The decision to deport us has been finalized and we have ten days to leave. Our families are blessed to be kicked out for Jesus’ sake. Our time in Harbin has been profitable in our training towards training men and church planting in cultures outside of own. We are near language independence, confidence in preaching, and capable of hosting bible studies. Being deported from China doesn’t mean we cannot plant churches in other Chinese speaking countries, Taiwan for starters.
Concerning our approach to ministry, there are some things we could change, but boldness to train men and start churches openly isn’t one of them. We’ve seen the results of faithful, bold, and wise preaching of the Gospel. No one on our team sees our expulsion as a failure, but the result of faithfulness to Jesus Christ and the example of biblical missions. I am thankful for their reminders and encouragement through the whole ordeal.
We will spend these last days with the pastors and interns, encouraging them to press on. Jake will make it clear to them he’s not “leaving” them, but will use whatever means necessary to stay connected with them.
After this week is over we may fly to Taiwan to survey five different cities each with populations over 1.5 people. According to statics there are less than 3% Christian population in Taiwan’s 23 million people, that’s a lower percentage than mainland China. During our time there we will finish our last semester of language study and Lord willing begin a new work of church planting and men training there, all the while looking for ways to renter China on a permanent basis.
I know that it may seem strange to you that we are as open as we are. I have had long conversations with the guys. I am excited about their attitude and that of the Chinese. We want the world to know the gospel. Not trying to get in trouble but knowing that we were called to take up a cross and prepare to die.
Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;