Henan Church Built in Difficulties Observes 16th Anniv.

By CCD contributor: Wei Wubin, July 06, 2018 09:07 AM

Inside the church

Nanshankou Church

On June 24, 2018, a church in Henan Province observed its 16th anniversary.

Nanshankou Church in Gongyi sprouted in a rental factory and a few annexes. Later the church grew to a congregation of five or six hundred believers. Consequently, the facility could not hold so many people. The deacons decided to build a new church on another site but never imagined the upcoming difficulties.

In 2001 when the new church was located, it was discovered that military cables were buried underneath the site. Nobody dared to dig them up or construct on them. Face with such dilemma, the congregation prayed for this. Afterward, they were told that these cables were removed and didn't know the exact time.

Another problem was from a local production brigade, a specific organization of China's soclialism agricultural economy.  A downpour resulted in a breach in a household's house near the church, but the family wanted a compensation for the loss by causing trouble to the church.

The rural administrative sector made the final judgment: the loss was caused by the natural disaster rathern the church. However, the household kept arguing and blocked the construction project. The result of the subsequent negotiation was that the church would offer a compensation, but unfortunately, the production brigade attacked the church because of the issue. The project was obstructed and had to be suspended.

Two years later, the project was resumed. Finally, a new church was completed.

Costing over 600,000 yuan, the three-story church has a main hall with a seating capacity of about 1,000 people. A three-day praise and worship rally was held to celebrate the good news.

Now there are eight preachers, a band, and a team of workers in the church. A yearly thanksgiving praise and worship meeting is held every June.  

- Translated by Karen Luo 

Related Article

Must Read

comments powered by Disqus

More from CCD

Top 10 Rumors about Christianity in 2018

A year had passed, but the ghost of rumors is still wandering around in the Chinese Christian world.

Dalian Congregation Attend First Sunday Worship of 2019

The Newly Renovated Dalian Harvest Road Church and Their Congregation Welcome the New Year’s First Sunday Worship.

Without the Bible, I Wouldn’t be Alive Today

If it had not been the Word of God which gave Rev Chen Yiping strength to endure manual corrective labour for twenty years, he would not have been alive today.

A Church Fellowship with Endangered Future

After the departure of five of approximately eight total bishops during the past 20 months, Moscow's "Evangelical-Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession" appears to be on its last legs.

Top 10 Christian News Stories of Chinese Church in 2018

The year 2018 signifies a phase's rapid change and development of Christianity in China, also marks a turning point for a tremendous transitional period.

Xiamen Church Celebrates Wedding Anniversary

73 couples celebrated their decades' marriage in the church.

Ningbo Centennial Church Celebrates New Year’s Eve with Testimonies and Prayer

Ningbo Centennial Church held a testimony and prayer meeting to greet the new year.

Christmas & Wise Men from the East — China?

Does the Christmas story have a special Chinese connection?

Reasons for Hope in Eastern Ukraine

During a meeting with Moscow Baptist pastor Vitaly Vlasenko on 14 December, Lugansk Metropolitan Mitrofan stressed that "Evangelical-Christians, Baptists and Pentecostals belong to the traditional confessions within our region".

Christmas Celebration of Migrant Workers’ Church: Passing On Love with Warm Actions

A close-up at the Christmas evening party of a migrant workers’ church in Suzhou city: commemorating the birth of the Lord Jesus – passing on love with warm actions.