Reflections from the General Minister and President, Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins.
Today back on a fast train through the Chinese countryside. “Hard-working” is a phrase that comes to mind looking at the neat, cultivated patches of earth for acre after acre.
We’ll see “hard-working” lived to fullest in the next two days as we visit the various projects of the church in Zhenzhou and Zhoukou. Some of our most important Global Ministries work in China has been to improve the lives of an HIV/AIDS cluster that developed here when the people decided to sell blood as income, but the blood was collected with an infected needle. HIV/AIDS in China, as in so many places, has a stigma that isolates those living with the disease. Our participation has included giving them goats, thus providing nutrition through milk but also income as baby goats are sold. The church leaders saw how the process could be improved and asked in the next round that we provide the goats to the church – thus giving an income source that would help underwrite the cost of church ministries. They would then provide goat offspring to persons in need like the HIV/AIDS patients. Win/Win.Read more
Today we visited Shaanxi Bible School – which we support with our DMF money – and I’m proud to say so. The principal there, Ms. Hong Wang, embodies the “three self” principles of the Chinese church: self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating. In the US we might call her “entrepreneurial.” Her school operates at the most basic of the three levels of Christian ministry training schools in China. But she aspires for more.Read more