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Tuesday, 18 February, 2020

Facts About China:
Natural Disasters
In 1976 an earthquake in Tangshan claimed the lives of around six hundred and fifty thousand people.

An earthquake at Yunnan killed over three hundred people and injured many thousands in February 1996. Less than a year later, a quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale left 44,000 people homeless in Zhangbei (150 miles from Beijing), over fifty people dead and many thousands injured.

At the beginning of 2008 China experienced some of the worst snow storms for fifty years.



While we are free to act as Christians and to express ourselves within the foreign community in China, it is important to not draw attention to ourselves. Serving China is a strategic opportunity to be a part of what God has been doing in China for years and will continue for years to come. The safety and blessing of the Chinese is of utmost concern. National Christians could face serious consequences if their involvement with Christian activities becomes known.

It is essential to constantly be aware that China is a police state, and their government misconstrues Christian activity as subversive -- especially by foreigners. A single careless slip on our part can lead to disaster, especially for our dear Chinese brothers and sisters. This means that every conversation must be non-political and any Christian content carefully disguised.

Evangelism should be done in a cultural context and in conjunction with local believers. In China, the enforcement of laws and policies vary from city to city. Only participate in activities that are deemed appropriate by the Christians in the area that you are operating. Avoid all activities that are high profile or public.

More information on security can be found in the Leader's Guide and Team Member's Workbook (to order, visit the resource page)

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