Report from China–Mike Maynard
December 4, 2012
From October 25th to November 13th Keep Believing Ministries had staff and supporters ministering in China and South Korea. Each day this week you’ll be taken on a journey to apartment churches, city walls, and into the heart of Christianity in Asia. We hope you’ll join us back here each day to read the stories, see the pictures, and rejoice in what God is doing on the other side of the world!
Mike Maynard lives in Tupelo, Mississippi and this trip to China was his 45th mission trip including one to Africa with Keep Believing Ministries. Here is his recounting of a worship service in an apartment in Beijing, China.
This was my second Keep Believing Ministries missionary trip and it gave me the opportunity to watch Ray minister to people that face everyday circumstances unlike anything we face. Situations that make it difficult to keep the faith and keep believing in Jesus.
We attended a secret church service in Beijing in an apartment with about 10 adults, both male and female on our first night in China. We met for about 2 hours, singing old hymns which we all knew, like “Amazing Grace” & “Victory In Jesus”. As they passed the hymnal around and they asked us to pick out our favorite hymn and then we all worshipped together accompanied by a piano & violin. I asked them if they were afraid to be heard. They told us that they weren’t afraid because they knew their neighbors who lived next door.
What impressed me most was their enthusiasm for singing. They sang with gusto! Their enthusiasm was infectious and we joined in with loud voices. Then they served us our first “home cooked” Chinese meal and then Ray preached a sermon for about 30 minutes as if he were preaching in a huge church. They loved on us and kept telling us how appreciative they were than we would come all the way to China to worship with them. They told us how they were encouraged to keep the faith through Ray’s radio ministry and to share Christ with others one on one.
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