Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chinese Embassy says "Take it away!"

I received the following email yesterday from China Aid:

DAY 168: Gao Zhisheng Petition Delivered; Chinese Embassy Says "Take it away!"

Because of your efforts, on July 9 and 10, ChinaAid was able to deliver the petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), the U.S. State Department and the Chinese Embassy.

American attorney David E. Taylor, a ChinaAid volunteer, delivered the petition for Gao's release to the Chinese Embassy. However, when the embassy staff saw the petition was from ChinaAid for Gao Zhisheng, she said, "I'm sorry, Sir, I'm sorry! Take it away!"

Taylor left the petition at the front door of the embassy, stating that: "The Chinese Embassy was legally served with the petition even though they tried to avoid it."
Read full statement from Attorney Taylor regarding the petition delivery.

The Chinese government simply wants us to give up. They refuse to comment on Gao Zhisheng's whereabouts or well-being. But, we will not give up. With your help, ChinaAid will continue to travel to Washington and meet with concerned U.S. government officials and continue to gather signatures from around the world for the petition to free Gao.

Please continue to share the petition drive with your friends. Encourage them to learn about Gao's story and to take action at

Please also continue to financially support this critical effort. Gao's story of persecution is only one of many. But it is also a key story in exposing the truth behind China's Communist regime and its abuse of human rights.

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As a result of the petition, several Congressional leaders have agreed to send a letter to Chinese Ambassador Zhou regarding Gao Zhisheng's current whereabouts and condition. It has become clear that the efforts on behalf of Gao Zhisheng are not only important for Gao, but, also, for all human rights attorneys in China.

Your prayers, financial contributions, e-mails and phone calls to Chinese government officials and sharing this campaign with family and friends are sending a cry for justice and freedom that is having impact in China and in America. We will continue to grow the petition and will not give up until Gao's whereabouts and safety are known. Please continue to "speak out" within your sphere of influence and, especially, in prayer, until Gao Zhisheng's freedom becomes reality!

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Monday, July 6, 2009

North American Ways Can Get in the Way

I am reading Bruchko for the first time. In Chapter 5 “First Meeting With Indians” Bruce Olson is describing his first encounters with ordained missionaries serving in Caracas and with the South American Indians in 1961.

The missionaries were angry with him and wanted nothing to do with Bruce. He was there without mission board authority and approval over him. He had gone to South America under God’s authority and leading, not under man’s. He describes his first meeting with a missionary as a “great disappointment”, even though he had been so anxious to connect with this man and see how he could help him:

“What makes you think you can come down to South America without a mission agency?” he asked right after we had been introduced. “You just want to come down and impose on us. You think we’ll have to take care of you. But you’re wrong. You’re on your own, Buster.” He turned and walked off.

The Indian tribe who had become Christ believers through the teaching of the missionaries complained to Bruce that their fellow Indians were now persecuting them and that they had been cut off from the rest of their tribe.

As Bruce traveled further along the Mavaca River with Dr. Christian, he met the rest of the tribe living in a different village. He couldn’t understand why there was any problem with them and the recently converted Christian Indians. The unconverted Indians welcomed him into their tribe and were extremely helpful and hospitable to him. When he broached the subject with one of them about attending church services on Sunday to hear the stories about God, he was informed that they would not do that. When he asked why not he was told, “Those Christians, they’re strange.” And Bruce was taken to the chief of that village to discuss the matter further:

“Listen,” he said, “those Christians don’t care about us anymore. Why should we care about them?”

“How do you know that they don’t care about you? They’re part of your tribe.”

“Why, they’ve rejected everything about us,” he said. They won’t sing our songs now. They sing those weird, wailing songs that are all out of tune and don’t make sense. And the construction that they call a church! Have you seen their church? Its’ square! How can God in a square church? Round is perfect.” He pointed to the wall of the hut in which we sat. “It has no ending, like God. But the Christians, their God has points all over, bristling at us. And how those Christians dress! Such foolish clothes…”

I thought of the Indian Christians I had seen at the missionary compound. They had been taught how to dress in clothes with buttons, how to wear shoes, how to sing Western songs.

Is that what Jesus taught? I asked myself. Is that what Christianity is all about? What does the good news of Jesus Christ have to do with North American culture? In Bible times there was no North American culture. Were the missionaries making a mistake in their preaching? Of course, it probably made them happy to see the Indians dressed like Americans, singing “Rock of Ages.” But was that the only way Jesus could be worshiped? And was there a certain amount of satisfaction in having the Indian Christians persecuted by the rest of the tribe? I began to wonder.

Those were excellent questions Bruce asked himself. Is Christianity about a certain style of dressing, singing, worshipping? I hardly think so. Is Christianity about conforming others to North American culture? No. Is Christianity about being sure to follow the traditions and ways of man? Absolutely not. Why is man always trying to impose their ways as the way, the truth, and the life? THE way, THE truth, and THE life are Christ. Why did the missionaries believe that only if man-made authorities sent Bruce Olson to South America would it be something God-ordained, worthwhile, and true? GOD sent Bruce Olson to South America! And He didn’t want missionary boards having anything to do with it.

The work is God's and the glory belongs to Him alone...