Several years ago we traveled to China for the Olympic project. During this two year partnership, we were able to travel to the home and church location of Lottie Moon who served in China during the 1900's. While visiting this site we met Pastor Qin Jia Ye. Even though the political and religious culture of China was difficult, Pastor Qin Jia Ye remained steadfast in his love for God, love for his fellow man, and commitment to share the message of Jesus Christ; even in the face of persecution and government control. His spirit was always welcoming and his smile was a reflection of a life that was filled with love and joy.
On August 31, Pastor Qin Jia Ye and his wife, both in their eighties, were killed in the church by a suspected former "member" of the church. The news was a complete shock to the community, the country, the United States, and myself. While I have met some awesome radical people serving throughout the world, I never really thought that I would read of a friends martyrdom. His work will always be remembered for re-establishing the church after being closed for forty-nine years and several hundred baptisms each year throughout his ministry. He will be remembered, at least by me, to be a man who so loved His Savior that the sacrificial life was worth the cost. For today, he is rejoicing in heaven with his bride and all the saints who have gone before him.
While we as followers of Christ seek to be on mission, why is it that we sit in our comfortable buildings, we live without fear, and we quarrel among ourselves? Dear God, please give us a heart for people who are lost and hurting. Create in us a desire to be part of the impossible and face persecution with confidence from you. Amen!