Exodus 14 describes how the Lord told the people of Israel, who had only just left Egypt and were being chased by an angry Egyptian army, to camp "by the sea" (v2). That left them with Pharaoh and his determined army behind them and the sea in front of them. It was not a good situation for those who did not walk in faith.
Christmas was a chance to share the real meaning of the season for many of our China-based co-workers. While the trappings of Christmas are increasingly visible in many of China's big cities, few people have any understanding of what the celebration is all about.
Christian radio programmes have been broadcast into China for many years and have produced great fruit for God's Kingdom. Many have come to know the Lord through listening to these programmes; young believers are encouraged and nurtured; and Christian leaders are trained.
Xi'an in north-west China was the country's capital city during thirteen dynasties. Around 200 B.C., it was considered to be the largest city in the world. Today it is probably most well-known for the Terracotta Warriors, the large army buried with the first emperor Qin Shi Huangdi in the third century B.C.
"He remembers playing in the countryside - a place where farmers grew wheat and snow fell in the winter. There was a house filled with many families who would wash clothes together outside or sit and gossip in their shared courtyard...
In what China Aid described as "a grave and troubling setback", Chinese authorities have launched a new crackdown directed at Christians who belong to China's vast network of unregistered house churches.