Brother Zhang, from a rural church in Henan Province, downloaded all of Derek Prince’s Chinese eBooks and MP3 teachings from our DPM website. Sometimes it took him 5-10 minutes or longer for each download. But it didn’t matter to him, because he was so eager to read all of the books. It has opened a tremendous spiritual storehouse which he is sharing with his house church friends.
Sister Huanhuan contacted the DPM China team by WeChat—not a Christian at the time. After the team followed up with her using Derek’s materials, she decided to be baptized. Sister Huanhuan has now introduced Derek’s materials to her friends, and there is a cell group meeting at her home weekly!
These are just two of many, many Chinese believers who are being built up by Derek’s teachings and your help is making a difference in thousands of lives.
BUT CONDITIONS IN CHINA ARE GETTING MORE INTENSE
In our last report, we described the worsening situation for our Chinese brothers and sisters. It began February 1, 2018 with the imposition of new and severe religious restrictions upon the Christian church. If implemented in their extreme form, as has happened in various parts of China, no member of the Communist Party, no member of China’s armed forces, no educator, and no minor may enter a church building anywhere in China. This is a clear attempt to keep the next generation in China from hearing the Gospel or pursuing religious freedom.
Here are some other ways the situation has become worse:
• Crosses have been torn down; churches have been burned; pastors have been arrested.
• The Chinese government is enforcing a policy of “sinicization,” or re-writing the Bible to conform to socialist doctrine.
• Children are being cross-examined to reveal any religious activities of their parents.
• A new regulation being considered would clamp down severely on religious websites.
• The international community in China is being impacted by a refusal of visas and many instances of deportation.
• Foreign believers working in China are being threatened by the security police with violence unless they surrender information which could lead to fellow Christians being tracked down.
One of our Chinese team observed that although the February 1st laws were a massive earthquake to the Chinese church, the new online clampdown could be a “spiritual 911” for China’s churches. (The laws were published first on September 11th.)
Prayer. . . and Action!
We are asking you to please pray for China and its church. This is a critical time in China’s history. Please encourage others in your group to join you in fervent intercession for China.
Within China, we have published over a hundred thousand copies of Derek’s books Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting, and Praying for the Government, bound together in one volume. We know that testimonies of God answering prayer for nations will help our brothers and sisters in China to pray effectively for their nation.
We take great encouragement from the words of a godly Chinese pastor who sees the hand of God in what is happening: “God is now calling the Chinese church to repent and to be ready for revival. The walls of churches may be torn down—but the inner walls in the hearts of Christians need to be built up at this special time.”
Life-Giving Teaching Books
Whilst we still are freely to do so, this is a time to produce more—not less—of Derek’s teaching in many formats. In 2018, we have printed 270,000 books inside China: Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting, Why Israel?, Life-Changing Spiritual Power, The Foundation Series, and God Is a Matchmaker. Our costs for printing these life-giving books have been very low—50¢ to $2.50, depending on the size of the book, so we are able to do a lot with whatever you send.
Would you be able to help us meet our book budget of $230,000 for the next six months? Your gift will touch the lives of many brothers and sisters in China.
Another vital project is to put everything we have of Derek’s teaching in Chinese—PDF, audio, DVD, or any other format—onto SD cards and USB-OTG devices. Each device would be its own library.
We want to distribute these as fast as we can before the Chinese government clamps down with further regulations. Please help us get these tools into the hands of Chinese pastors and leaders—to help them feed other believers with the Word of God.
Each SD card costs $8 and the USB devices $10. Our aim is to begin with 1,000 of each device, but we want to do many, many more. These duplicating machines pictured (at least two more are needed) cost $3,600 each. So, our next step for this strategy will cost around $26,000.
New Major Projects
Along with book distribution, we are providing internet resources through websites and the WeChat platform, with hundreds of teachings in the form of downloadable MP3s, videos, eBooks, and audiobooks. Our total support cost for four different Chinese workers involved in this project is $65,500 for six months.
Your help is making a real difference in so many lives. Brother Chen told us: “I am now learning from the online MP3 teachings of Derek Prince, especially the series ‘The Workman God Approves.’ I really want to prepare myself well.” The walls of churches may be torn down—but the inner walls in the hearts of Christians need to be built up in this critical hour.
Could you help us in this great “building” project? You gift of any amount can be sent using the response form provided, or you can donate securely online at: www.derekprince.co.nz. Select ‘Give’ and then “China Outreach”.
Thank you so much for your generosity and your prayers.