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bounce in Xi'an
a deeper look (7/06)
comes to Virginia (7/06)
Part 1 (11/05)
Part 1 (10/05)
College in China
of God (2/05)
for a new mother (10/24)
Diggs at NIM (4/4)
Earthen Houses (2/14)
Baptists arrive for 2002 SEP, Shanghai - Nanjing
2: in Jining, the program begins
and Wudang Temple
and Sarah in Xi'an
the Nestorian Pagoda
Washington comes to China, Part
The Village of God
In Guizhou Province, four
hours from the capital city, Guiyang (the sun does not often shine there,
so the name "Gui" means 'precious' and "yang" means
'sun, or sunshine,' meaning that "sunshine is precious") a group
of Amity teachers as part of their winter conference, set out to visit a
village at the top of a mountain. We walked along a footpath, muddy from a
recent rain, up and up, through the fields amidst the strange mountains
that dot the landscape.
When we got to the top of the
stone steps leading to this remote village, a group of villagers sang to
us, welcoming us to their home. They were dressed in the traditional
festival costume of the Miao ethnic minority they represented.
We walked through the village,
among stone and mud brick homes with thatched roofs decorated with
When we got into the center of
the village, we discovered a church building. The name of the church is
Gospel Church. We were invited in and given the front section of the
church; the villagers sat behind us.
Once we were seated, the choir
filed in and took their place on the low platform. The Chinese characters
on the back wall are the first words to John 3:16, "For God so loved
the world." They sang several hymns, in Chinese and in the Miao
language. As a final number, they sang the "Hallelujah Chorus,"
as beautifully as I have ever heard it sung.
After the choir finished
singing, we learned that there had been a Christian congregation in that
village since 1903, for more than 100 years! Most of the villagers are
Christian, and they say they are known as the "Village of God."