As 11 million residents in the Chinese city of Wuhan remain frantically under quarantine from coronavirus, Christians are now the symbol of peace, life and hope – in a place that used to treat them as a plague threatening Communism.
In a letter posted by the HeartCry Missionary Society, a local Christian identified as "Pastor Z" relayed a message of hope in a city that previously treated believers as something to be eradicated.
But with the onset of coronavirus, Christians are embraced as newfound beacons of safety and tranquility in a contaminated region otherwise drowning in panic, death and despair.
"Now it is the 10th day since the city has been separated by quarantine, and protective masks are the most valuable thing in Wuhan, [as] money is useless because you can't find a store that sells the masks," Pastor Z shared from Wuhan in a letter published Friday by HeartCry Missionary Society. "People are in a desperate situation, [so] in response, our brothers and sisters preach the gospel and give out tracts and free masks."
They are offering living water in a godless region contaminated with a deadly virus and the atheistic worldview of Communism that demands praise and allegiance to the regime – not to God.
"They are sharing the word of hope and comfort from God," Pastor Z expressed. "They have become more and more favored in the city – even in the authorities' eyes."
Instead of battling the state for a voice and entering the political fray, Christians are winning Communists over to Christ by walking the walk and sharing God's love and grace.
"These churches in Wuhan keep themselves away from all the rumors and political issues – they just do what a true Christian should do in this situation: preaching [the] gospel and being witness of true peace and true hope that come from Jesus Christ in front of the non-believers who are in panic and hopelessness," the Chinese evangelist noted.
From hearts of stone to malleable clay
According to Z, even the Communist police – who have raided churches and arrested believers to make sure the state is lifted up before God – are now open to the Word of God.
"A police officer came to one sister, listened to the gospel, and left with the tract and mask happily," the pastor recounted. "After a while, another police officer arrived, heard, and left with the tract and a mask also. Shortly, the first one came back saying another officer would like one, too. Soon, four more officers came! They are the ones who used to be concerned about the message, but now they come to Christians for help, and they bow down to our God."
Now, instead of yellow being a symbol of cowardice, it has become the sign of courageous Christians in Wuhan.
"The yellow [Christians wearing yellow suits for protection] has become the most beautiful color in the city," Pastor Z informed. "Christians gained the respect that they never had [before] – because of their willingness to risk their health to serve."
He said evangelists in Wuhan have their hands full – even more so than those in the medical field treating those infected with coronavirus.
"Compared with the doctors and nurses, their load is even more massive, for they know, that is the opportunity God gave to them to gain people to Christ," Pastor Z wrote in closing out his letter. "The opening may go soon."