I recently had the privilege of preaching in a Christian congregation in Luzhou, China. Over the past few years, the ELCA has developed a growing partnership in witness and service with Christians in the Sichuan province.
Sitting in the sanctuary were those who, through the presence of the Spirit, kept faith alive during the repressive years of the Cultural Revolution. As I looked at their faces, I was overcome with a sense of awe and gratitude for their faith.
The balcony was filled with young people. They were leaning forward, many holding their cell phones, waiting to hear the good news of God's grace and mercy, and ready to text it to friends. They exuded a sense of expectant hope.
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