As More Churches Go Underground Due to Persecution, Who Will Bring the Gospel to Hard-to-Reach Nations?

Upticks in Christian persecution have the potential to restrict the Gospel’s movement. Wayne Pederson of Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) serves with Alliance for the Unreached. He says when persecution increases, churches tend to go underground. If this happens, who will share the Gospel in hard-to-reach nations?

Persecution Restricts Gospel Work

In China, the government has shut down FEBC’s apps, live-streams, and podcast. The organization still has its content on short-wave radio, but only because this outlet is difficult to control.

“We’re concerned about our people because many of our people that are working in China, even in Hong Kong, are under the watchful eye of the Chinese government. Some pastors are being put in jail as people go to church. There’s face recognition. Police are standing in the back; they’re monitoring very closely. So, it’s very critical, right now,” Pederson says.

At the same time, social media and other technology have proved to be bridges for discipleship and reaching the unreached with the Gospel. Pederson says local Christians are downloading “thousands of hours of content” from FEBC.

Rather than crying foul over increasing challenges, the ministry is utilizing available tools like computers and mobile devices to penetrate physical (and some digital) barriers.

“What we’re seeing in some of the most persecuted countries of the world, where’s the least access [to the Gospel], percentage-wise the Church is growing faster than any other part of the world. So, go figure; in God’s economy, what is humanly seems impossible, God is finding possible,” Pederson says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn