CCD Monthly                                                            February 2023


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Chinese people seem to have two new years. While joining the world to celebrate New Year's Day on January 1, people across China embrace the Chinese New Year, which usually falls in late January and early February. After spending the most important weekly holiday in China with their families and friends, Chinese people gradually resume their daily work and lives. As China has been de-escalating COVID-19 restrictions, many churches hold retreats or gatherings to revive the spirituality of the staff and the congregation after shifting from closure to reopening during the past three years. Attendance is not as expected, but some do not lose hope as the church will recover with the regular resumption of church ministries. 

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Revive the Spirit: China Churches Hold Retreats
China Churches Reopen, Hold Retreats After Spring Festival

Liaoning Bethany Church Attendance Reaches 1,000 After Reopening

Bethany Church in Bayuquan District, Yingkou City, Liaoning Province, has seen meeting attendance of around 1,000 on average since the recent reopening. 

Retreat Conducted For Pastors in Fujian

A church in China’s southeastern coastal Fujian Province hosted a three-day seminar for pastors.
In the News

Guangdong, Chongqing Churches Conduct Services During Lent

Churches in Guangdong and Chongqing hosted services during Lent to meditate on Christ’s sufferings.

Faith-Based Amity Foundation Joins Rescue Work in Türkiye

The faith-based Amity Foundation has been joining local rescue units in earthquake-hit Türkiye.

Nangang Church Forcibly Demolished After Failing to Reach Compensation Plan With Gov’t

The Nangang Church, worth tens of millions of RMB, was torn down after the church did not agree with the local government’s compensation plan in which the legal area was acknowledged, while the illegal building area was about seven times large.

Chinese Churches to Mark World Day of Prayer With Self-Made Material Again

The World Day of Prayer 2023 will be carried out in China's TSPM church on Friday with the theme of “Reconciled in Christ" based on Colossians 1:18-20 instead of following the official program made by Taiwan WDP Committee. 

CCC&TSPM Meets Mandarin Churches of the Four Denominations in Singapore Online

CCC&TSPM and the Mandarin Churches of the Four Denominations in Singapore held a video exchange meeting. 

Chinese Theological Education Team Trained in Guangxi to Preach Better in 2023

Top leaders of CCC&TSPM trained a Chinese theological education team of more than 140 members to preach sermons centered around "Life, Health, and Hope" this year. 

How Can the Church Pastor the Next Generation When Sunday School Is Suspended?

Due to changes in religious policies in China, the church has had to come up with creative solutions to raise children in the way of the Lord without going against the law. 

Chinese Missionary Says He Is Also 'Shaken' After Earthquake in Türkiye

A millennial Chinese missionary who has served in Turkey for two years shared that the recent earthquake was also a shock to him.  

Seven Pastors Share Concerns, Distress After Pandemic

The three-year-long epidemic has had both positive and negative effects on the churches in China. Seven church pastors and workers share their concerns and distress after three-year COVID-19 restrictions. 

'A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed': Reflection from Losing Staff Member

"We used to believe that the amount of time a believer devotes to his faith indicated the depth of his spirituality. We also judge a staff member by this standard," said the pastor of a church that recently lost a staff member.
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