Persecuted Chinese Christians Pray Hard For Marginalized American Christians
There is a movement among Christians in China to pray diligently for Christians in America. In China, where Christianity is attacked both privately and publicly, persecuted believers have found a renewed sense of purpose by interceding for their brothers and sisters on the other side of the planet.
"We knew what we were going through," states 'Jenny Lee' (whose real identity we are protecting, "But we had no idea the level of persecution American Christians were facing. We don't have Facebook or other social media sites because they are banned. But we have some friends who told us that some Christians in America are being trolled on their posts, TV shows portray them as weird, and I even heard of a man who said his co-workers laugh at him if he prays over his meal. He said sometimes he skips the prayer because he doesn't want to go through the ridicule. We think we are persecuted... but American Christians are teased on a nearly daily basis. God really convicted me that I wasn't praying hard enough for people who are going through such heavy teasing."
Lee's pastor is currently in jail for preaching at an underground church. Her husband is on trial for sharing his faith with a man on the bus. And she has lost her job at a bolt factory because of her association with the two. "I admit that I get so focused on my own little Second World problems that I don't think about the millions of dollars Christians in America have to spend in lawsuits to keep nativity scenes on the town square. I recently told God that if I was ever allowed to get a Facebook account, I would make my profile say, 'Pray For America.' We have to do something. So, right now I pray hard."
Rebekah Fowler, a 24-year old American who spent a year teaching english to Chinese adults was appalled at the ignorance of Chinese Christians. "They literally didn't know in America we barely have money to tithe, or time to pray and read our Bible. We have to spend so much time fighting social media bullies, friends who want to argue about immigration, and local municipalities for permits to build our expansive church campuses that we have nearly starved to death spiritually. I sort of feel bad for them though. I don't think they understand what it takes to retain the cultural upperhand. The marginalization here is real, and I think they are finally realizing that."