Many hospitals in Chinese cities, particularly along the coasts or along the Yangtze River, were originally founded by western missionaries. After the missionaries left in the 1950s the hospitals were nationalized and, in many cases, became the leading hospitals in the community. They serve as important and interesting legacies of the work of the missionaries. Recently the Gospel Times published an article about one such hospital in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, founded more than 100 years ago by Methodist Episcopal missionaries.
Much has been written about the cross- and church-demolition campaign in Zhejiang province over the past couple of years. What doesn’t make the news (outside of China), however, are stories about new churches being built. This article, originally published on the mainland site Gospel Times, reports on the building of a megachurch in Fuzhou. The building is new; however, the church has been there for more than 100 years.