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Christian Today has reported that Samuel Lamb, a long-time leader of China’s house church movement, passed away on Saturday, August 3, at age 88. Lamb famously shared the precept “more persecution, more growth.” He urged Christians to be prepared to suffer for their faith, even advising them to pack a bag for prison.

Born in a mountainous region overlooking Macau, China, Samuel Lamb was the son of a Baptist minister and his wife. When 19-year-old Samuel began preaching, China only had a few million Christians. Refusing to align his church with the government-regulated Three-Self Patriotic Movement, Lamb was arrested in 1955 for “anti-revolutionary activity,” and sentenced to 18 months in prison. In 1958, he was arrested again, and sentenced to 20 years hard labour. During his lengthy incarceration, most of which he spent as a coal miner, he continued to share the gospel. One year before leaving prison, he was informed about the passing of his wife, whom he visited during a five month remand from prison.

Two years after his release from prison, Lamb started a house church in Guangzhou city. Due to the church’s exponential growth, it was soon relocated to a larger building nearby. Today his church is still in operation but remains unregistered. Each week it holds several sermons and welcomes more than 4000 attendants.

Lamb used to remind his parishioners that the “law of God is more important than the law of man,” thereby encouraging Christians to obey laws insofar as they do not conflict with Biblical teachings. At a time when China has 80 million Christians, the legacy of this one man will not soon be forgotten.

Current Ministry Projects

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada continues to help distribute Bibles to Christians in the country, making it possible for them to have their own printed version of God's Word. Additionally, VOMC works with various mission partners to facilitate a Biblical understanding of persecution and discipleship, while presenting ways to effectively respond and minister within the context of hostility.

Project Funds: Bibles, Equipping the Saints, Underground Church

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
1,397,897,720 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Han Chinese (91.6), Zhuang (1.3), Other (7.1)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (18.3), Christianity (5.2), Islam (1.8), folk religion (21.9), Muslim (2) Hinduism (<0.1), Judaism (<0.1), other (0.7), unaffiliated (51.8)

Leader
President Xi Jinping (2013)

Government type
Communist party-led state

Legal system
Based on civil law system; influenced by Soviet and continental European civil law systems

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for China

Pray that the Gospel will be proclaimed throughout China without government interference so many more names can be added to the Lamb's "Book of Life." May there also be a spirit of unity demonstrated among the country's growing churches, further strengthening existing believers and spurring them on in their ministry service and evangelistic outreach within the country's numerous communities.

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