Local newspaper reports on what happened in China.
John and Alisha Walz were deported from China following interrogations concerning church planting which is illegal in the country. The couple are missionaries from a local church who went to China in the hopes of encouraging a love for Christ.
John and Alisha Walz were deported from China following interrogations concerning church planting which is illegal in the country.
Planting churches is accomplished by going to a place that does not have a local new testament church and reaching out to people with the Gospel. This small act can draw in crowds, and can even encourage some people to become Christian ministers.
“We knew it was illegal to plant churches in China, “John said. “We also knew that obeying the Lord is a better thing to do.”
On Easter of this year, the church John was visiting in Harbin, China and several other churches were celebrating a resurrection morning service when the Harbin Police busted in – video taping, photographing, and detaining several people including John and another missionary named Jake Taube, who had been training men in this city for the last seven years and calls this area of China home.
“We didn’t know at first what was going to happen and were pretty much on house arrest,” he said. “We waited for a few days for a phone call, and when it came we ran around town to do some paperwork and finally went to the visa office. That is when they canceled my visa and gave me a deportation visa.”
The missionaries had 10 days to leave China, which meant literally leaving home as these people had appliances, furniture, clothes, and other items. Most of these were donated to the churches to be given to those in need. The majority of the 10 days though were spent training the interns and pastors and encouraging them to continue serving the Lord.
The couple flew back to the States where they have since tried to schedule times with churches to share the interesting tale and struggle of the Chinese Christian people, in order to help raise support for their cause.
John and Alisha have worked hard and accomplished much, but for this couple it is only the beginning of their service to the Lord. They have decided to try and get back into China or Taiwan to continue to plant churches and train ministers.
“Christ is worthy of any affliction or trial,” John said. “We have an overwhelming joy in our hearts because our joy does not come from man.”
More information concerning the mission trip can be found at chinachurchplant.com.