During the joyous celebration of the Chinese New Year and the return to their hometowns, the editorial team of the Gospel Times had the opportunity to connect with grassroots churches. They discussed the changes observed in hometown churches during the grand festival.
During visits to the disabled believers, I saw God's grace and their earnest response so that their lives manifest God's fullness.
A believer speculated on the evolution of rural churches after observing the church in her hometown during the Spring Festival.
A church in Jiangxi Province, southeast China, held a Spring Festival party to welcome the migrant workers back from their workplaces.
During the Chinese New Year, famous landmark churches were crowded with tourists in some places, which can serve an opportunity to reach non-Christians.
On the first Sunday after the lunar new year, I visited a rural church which can accommodate 100 people at least, but there were only 11 people attending the service.
Churches in China greeted the Chinese New Year with retreats to boost believers' spirituality.
Cruel historical memory makes us tend to yearn for material possessions. In the practice of the Christian faith, we have constantly materialized Jesus. We have shaped the image of Jesus and the gospel according to our national memory of suffering.
A church in Fujian Province held a gathering with migrant workers and entrepreneurs to mark the Chinese New Year.
The liveliest places during this Spring Festival, aside from tourist attractions, are temples and wealthy temples. The expectation for the God of Wealth and good fortune far outweighs the desire to celebrate the Spring Festival joyfully. People seek help from deities in the hope of improving their economic income for the coming year.