Lijiang is a beautiful old town in the north of Yunnan province, known for its picturesque sights and quiet and relaxed lifestyle. The area was brought to the world's attention on 3rd February 1996 when an earthquake shook the town, killing three hundred people, injuring a further 40,000 and leaving 300,000 homeless.
Last September, one of our China-based co-workers was asked to begin teaching a course on worship for a group of Chinese Bible school students. Recently she shared some of her experiences with us:
April was a difficult time for us on the printing side. We had to suspend printing for a month due to security issues because of the increased government crackdown, and also move books from one storehouse to another safe place due to warehouses being inspected.
This month another semester comes to an end in China, and both students and teachers head back home for the holidays. For some of our co-workers involved in teaching English the semester has brought challenges; some have also had amazing and unusual opportunities to share their faith.
OMF recently published the translation of an article entitled ‘An Analysis of the Reasons for Rapid Growth of the Protestant Church in Today's China' and written by a Chinese researcher on religion.
1.34 billion people were living in China in 2010, according to recently released results of last year's census. This was an increase of just 5.9 percent compared to the previous census ten years ago, which means that the population is growing much more slowly than before.