International Ministries

Discovering the Power of God in Yunnan, China

November 5, 2010 Journal
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I am writing from Yunnan province in China where Rev. Ben Chan, Rev. Dr. Jenny Quey, Alice Hau and I are meeting with church leaders and visiting projects in which we are partnering. Incredible changes are taking place in China with a fast growing church that is taking new opportunities to engage in social work.

Our partner is Amity Foundation, a Chinese Christian initiated development organization that is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. Yesterday we met with 17 recovering drug addicts in a program run by the church in Baoshan. Some of these men had gone through secular government run detox programs to little effect. Though the church run programs are quite new, there appears to be a success rate of 90+ percent compared to a 10 percent rate in the secular programs.  Men at the Baoshan center are discovering the power of God to bring freedom from addiction and daily healing. One man in his twenties told of going through the government detox programs ten times. Now he has claimed Jesus as Lord and joins with the others in singing "I will not turn back!"

This center calls itself the "Born Again Garden" because men testify that they were dead but now are finding the gift of new life through faith in Jesus. The center Director has the vision of starting Christian recovery centers in other cities with graduates from Baoshan in the leadership. The Baoshan program is the first church-run detox center to be officially recognized and registered with the Chinese government.

American Baptist International Ministries (IM) released a grant of $10,000 this year to provide needed equipment and furnishings for the center. The grant's funding is from the One Great Hour of Sharing. We are able to have a role in this ministry because of our partnership with the Amity Foundation. This is yet another example of the wisdom of respected Christian ministries working together. "The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you'." (1 Corinthians 12:21)

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