Day 4: Smuggling Books for God’s Glory

Throughout church history, Christians have looked to books to receive guidance, encouragement, and the wisdom of others. But in China, purchasing Christian resources is a tremendous task, and it is nearly impossible to ship resources into the country from other places.

In 2020, a group of TGC Chinese collaborators was called to the police station for lengthy questioning about buying Bible interpretation books smuggled into China. Many were detained more than 24 hours. The Christian who sold the books was eventually sentenced to seven years in prison.

Although we are able to share some spiritual resources through The Gospel Coalition and 9Marks, this is not enough for the needs of the churches in China. Both lay people and church leaders need better access to more spiritual resources.

Ways to pray:

  1. Thanksgiving for the wisdom and courage of many brothers and sisters who are writing and distributing spiritual truth to those in need
  2. For the importation rules to be loosened so that Chinese Christians can more easily purchase good books
  3. For God to keep those who translate, publish, and sell spiritual books safe from the disturbance and persecution of the enemy

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4–5

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Day 4: Smuggling Books for God’s Glory

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