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The Church Alive in China Today

11. April 2012

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In September, 18 members and friends of the Reformed Presbyter-ian Church departed on a custom tour to visit mainland China. There were 6 from Kansas, 8 from Pennsylvania, and 1 each from New York, Illinois, Iowa and California. The group had two goals: to visit the major attractions of China and to seek the former Covenanter missions in southern China.

Chan Tsz King, one of the early converts to Christianity at the RP Mission, said at his conversion in 1909, “I have been a seeker all my life; I have studied Chinese philosophy, history and religion. When I learned that God sent His Son to bear my sins, that satisfied my seeking of the truth.”

The Reformed Presbyterian Church supported missions in China from 1898 to 1949. Forty-four ministers, evangelists, teachers, doctors and nurses served in the southern China mission field. Along with the churches, five institutions were founded, including the School for Girls, the School for Boys, the Reformed Presbyterian Orphanage, the Glen Memorial Hospital, and the Reformed Presbyterian School of Theology.

In 1949 the Communist government under Mao Zedong (or Tse-tung) closed all religious institutions including Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, Buddhist temples and Confucian shrines. In 1980 the government under Deng Xia ping began to give people human rights and to allow the practice of religion under government control.

We visited the former church in Deqing, formerly known as Tak Hing. ...

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