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secret lives of Chinese missionaries in Iraq

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http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2099968/secret-lives-chinese-missionaries-northern-iraq

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Last month’s execution of two Chinese missionaries by Islamic State (IS) militants in Pakistan put the risks of such work into stark relief but two young Chinese Christians who have lived close to an IS stronghold in northern Iraq for more than a year said life could be more peaceful there than back at home.

The South China Morning Post obtained an exclusive interview with the couple, who live in a guarded compound that serves as a refuge for women and children who have fled IS persecution.

Michael, 25, and Christy, 23, left China just over a year ago, right after their wedding, for one of the world’s most war-torn areas. Security concerns, in Iraq and in China, mean details of their identities cannot be revealed.

“It is not as torn up by warfare here as much as outsiders would read in the news, I actually feel safer here,” said Michael, comparing his experience in Iraq with life in China as a full-time worker in an underground Christian church. “Life could be described as normal here.”

There are no official statistics about the number of Chinese missionaries working overseas, and they often pose as businessmen or teachers for travel purposes. But estimates by some academics and mainland house churches say there could be hundreds, or even a couple of thousand.

Pastors working on the mainland say it has the largest number of born-again Christians in the world, and that despite having a communist government that is officially atheist is on track to be the world’s largest exporter of Christian faith.

 

 

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” said Michael, comparing his experience in Iraq with life in China as a full-time worker in an underground Christian church. “Life could be described as normal here.”

 

Does this not sound odd 

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14 hours ago, The Silver Thong said:

” said Michael, comparing his experience in Iraq with life in China as a full-time worker in an underground Christian church. “Life could be described as normal here.”

 

Does this not sound odd 

It sounds like a lie to me . 

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On 7/17/2017 at 9:50 PM, The Silver Thong said:

” said Michael, comparing his experience in Iraq with life in China as a full-time worker in an underground Christian church. “Life could be described as normal here.”

 

Does this not sound odd 

Odd how? It does not seem hard to believe there are enclaves of tranquility in Iraq.

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there are enclaves of tranquility in every country 

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1 hour ago, The Silver Thong said:

there are enclaves of tranquility in every country 

Agreed, so what about his statement seems odd. His statement was ...

It is not as torn up by warfare here as much as outsiders would read in the news, I actually feel safer here,” said Michael, comparing his experience in Iraq with life in China as a full-time worker in an underground Christian church. “Life could be described as normal here.

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This is a very good quote from the article. Very encouraging.

What we do is not rare among mainland Chinese Christians,” Christy said. “There are many others out there who love Christ relentlessly and dedicate their lives to God’s kingdom..

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Here is a good one too. Thanks for posting this article!

"Official Chinese statistics put the number of Christians on the mainland in 2014 at 28 million, with 23 million of them Protestants spread across 56,000 churches with 48,000 pastors and preachers. However, overseas academics and observers conservatively estimate the number of Chinese evangelical Protestants is between 70 million and 100 million."

It's an internet myth to believe the body of Christ is on it's way to extinction. The Spirit of God is unquenchable

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