Sunday, August 22, 2010
Not a Normal Sunday.
Today was not the normal Sunday that we usually have. Honestly, the word normally is not usually in my vocabulary, but you will forgive me for using it this time.
On an average Sunday, we wake up, and head down to the deaf school for play with some amazing deaf kids. BUt day was different.
As some of you know, my Mom is visiting, and we decided to take her to an actual Chinese church. One of the legal ones, the one we help lead a Bible study in. They have four services:
Can you guess which one we went to? We went to the 9:30 one which meant we could not go to the deaf school this week, but we will be next week…don't worry!
When we arrived, the earlier service was just finishing up, and it was packed. People were lining the stairs, and standing in the landings. But they were not waiting for the next service, they were part of the overflow crowd! As the service ended, and we struggled against the flow to find a seat, I was amazed at the cross section of people who were there. Usually, a legal run church will be full of ladies in the 50's and older, but this one had a lot of men, young people, and even some families!
The service began by us "practicing" the hymns we would sing; the reason for that is many of the older people cant read, so they teach it to them, so they can sing along later in the service. The sermon itself was on the "Sermon on the Mount", but somehow swung around to Abraham!
The church website is here: http://www.csscnt.net
If you go here, and scroll down, you will see a good looking family from Oregon: http://csscnt.net/detailView.asp?id=394
By my estimate, there were about 1,000 people in those 4 services, which is amazing. There is another church in town, so double it. 2,000 out of six million that live in Changsha? We have some work to do, but that church is off to an amazing start! Not a normal Sunday, but an great one.
Posted by Ransom Family 5 at 7:34 PM