February 15, 2020 | From Thirst
What comes to your mind when I say “Wuhan”? Coronavirus, lockdown, fear? But what if I tell you that in the midst of darkness, there’s another narrative being written – another picture being painted?
You might have already heard how the authorities in China have clamped down on Christianity in recent years: churches have been raided and members arrested, Bibles have been confiscated, and even celebrating Christmas has become a problem. Persecution is rife.
But at the heart of China’s coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, Christians are demonstrating the opposite of fear.
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In one video, a lady can be seen thanking God and laying out Christian resources for anyone who’s interested to pick it up. In another, a pair can be seen going out to the streets distributing masks, while playing a gospel audio track in the background. It seems believers are using all sorts of ways to broadcast the Bible to their fellow residents in Wuhan, even playing them from their balconies for all to hear.
In a blog post titled A Door Opened in Wuhan, China, one missionary to Wuhan wrote: “Now it is the 10th day since the city has been separated by quarantine, and protective masks are the most valuable thing in Wuhan. Money is useless because you can’t find a store that sells the masks. People are in a desperate situation. In response, our brothers and sisters preach the gospel and give out tracks and free masks.”
As heralds of peace, Christians in Wuhan are now known for their full yellow protective suit that they don while hitting the streets day after day – they’ve even been called “angels in yellow”.
“Yellow has become the most beautiful colour in the city,” the missionary concluded.
If there’s a silver lining in this epidemic, it has to be this: Christ is being made known in China. Against the risk of persecution and infection, Christians are tirelessly working to make the gospel shine in the most hopeless of situations. . . .
Similarly, this was what Reverend Vincent Choo from Life Church and Missions Singapore alluded to when addressing his congregation for the first time after news broke that the church was listed as a potential coronavirus cluster: “What is our real sickness? It is inside us; the condition of our souls. That is what Christ came to save us from.”
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57 NLT)
When we realize that we have been saved from the greatest human condition, “we will not be afraid to be a living testimony no matter the different trials in life”, said Reverend Choo.
(Excerpt from Thirst.)