China has recently endured consecutive devastating floods. Many families have been shattered, and children swept away by the raging waters, leaving people displaced. However, amidst this hardship, we have witnessed the unwavering spirit of mutual assistance among brothers and sisters. Let us gain insight through the reporting of China Christian Daily into how the Chinese churches, despite their limited resources and capabilities, have extended a helping hand to the disaster-stricken.
We invite you to join us in prayer for climate change worldwide, with a special focus on China. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in China, celebrating their compassionate spirit and unwavering dedication to helping the best of their abilities!
In August, a series of disasters, primarily caused by typhoons, struck various areas. Among these, the flooding in Zhuozhou, Hebei, is in dire need of our prayers. Many Christians have initiated intercessory vigils in response.
Some believers who experienced the flooding reached out by providing breakfast and boiled water to those within their reach.
Sister Z, who was also affected by the flood, shared that she was in close proximity to the rescue team when the flood hit. Witnessing a dozen rescue boats, she inquired about their needs. They expressed a requirement for supplies—crackers, water, and instant noodles. She astutely remarked, “How can you eat instant noodles if they are dry?” Subsequently, she boiled water and sent it over, along with purchasing breakfast for them. The rescuers felt undeserving of her kindness, but one brother among them stated, “I am a Christian, and I want to help you because you are helping us.”
As the floodwaters receded, some areas, particularly the deeper ones, were covered in silt and mud, up to 50 centimeters thick, reaching knee-high. A sister visited the site daily, providing buns to those affected. She mentioned, “I wasn’t sure how to assist the victims, but God touched my heart and gave me a vision to mobilize other brothers and sisters to make dumplings and deliver them.” They later distributed supplies and meals to the people who were being relocated. She shared, “As we engage in rebuilding our hometown after the flood, we aspire to provide assistance according to our capabilities for whatever is required.”
Furthermore, local churches extended their support by providing meals to both believers and non-believers in the neighborhood once the floodwaters receded.
An elder in Guangdong made an appeal, stating, “Although the floodwaters have receded somewhat, the process of post-disaster reconstruction has just commenced. There is still a long journey ahead, and more individuals are needed to participate.”
Original: “Christians Across China United in Rescuing, Praying for Zhuozhou Flood Victims,” China Christian Daily.
Edited and reposted with permission.
For Further Reading
Are you enjoying a cup of good coffee or fragrant tea while reading the latest ChinaSource post? Consider donating the cost of that “cuppa” to support our content so we can continue to serve you with the latest on Christianity in China.