The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'When I think of them, I thank my God'

Short-term volunteer work opened American and Chinese hearts

"It's just a little bit further now," our driver said, making a 180-degree turn in the middle of a crowded market in Nanping, China. "Let's hurry," he said, herding us out of the car and up three flights of stairs to Nanping Gospel Church.

We were quickly ushered to a front pew, the only space left. People filled the courtyard and balconies. Those who couldn't squeeze inside listened through windows. As a robed choir processed into the sanctuary, a bell rang and more than 1,500 worshipers jumped to their feet.

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Embracing diversity