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SHANDONG, China -- Liu Fengqin (left) is a member of an outreach team in a Catholic church in Shandong Province. Liu became a Catholic more than 15 years ago. As a housewife, she is not earning an income. Her husband, a farmer, is the sole breadwinner. The family sold their produce, earning about 3,000 to 4,000 yuan (US$450 to 620) yearly. But she shared, “We have no real savings. This income is only enough to provide for our family of four -- my husband, elderly mother, teenage son and myself.” Read more [...]

SHANDONG, ChinaEphesians 4:11 lists the spiritual leadership offices of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers as gifts bestowed on various individuals within the Church to equip the saints for ministry. The ultimate purpose, stated in verses 12 and 13, is to build up the body of Christ until all attain to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God. For appointees to these important roles to function competently, they need in turn to be able to accurately handle the Word of God so that they may be presented as workers approved by God (2 Timothy 2:15).

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Wang Yupeng, a fourth year student at the Beijing National Catholic Seminary leads a group of 10 believers in Bible Study at his church.

“Even though some of us are born into a Catholic family, it does not make all these Biblical ideas easier for us to understand. So as I learnt God’s Word in greater depth, there was a breakthrough in my knowledge of God,” says Wang Yupeng, a fourth year student at the Beijing National Catholic Seminary, from Jinan, Shandong Catholic Diocese. When Wang was a young Catholic believer, he found the reading and understanding of the Bible challenging and difficult in the beginning, particularly the Creation story in Genesis and the Israelites’ understanding of Creation in Exodus. “Which is the truth?” he used to ask himself. “The Creation story as presented in the Bible or the knowledge of nature as taught in our Science’s classes at school?” Read more [...]
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