Here are six lessons from sixteen days in China:
1). China is filled with orphanages. Every city here has abandoned and unwanted children housed in social welfare institutes. This country needs Christians to adopt. A believer we met in Beijing told us children raised in orphanages "at best" become construction workers. There's not much of a future for Chinese orphans. Family heritage is highly valued and being an orphan is a social stigma.
2). There's a need for churches in China. In 16 days in three massive cities, I've heard of four churches and seen three of them. No wonder there's an underground church movement in China, the believers have no other options.
3). I haven't heard or seen any signs of a Chinese revival. We haven't met ten Chinese Christians. Nearly all the believers we've met were foreigners. No Bibles, no churches, no signs of spiritual vitality. China needs Jesus. This place is an enormous mission field. Sherri and I were sharing Christ with one lady and she replied, "Chinese people don't talk about religion."
4). There are people everywhere. I've been to New York City - cities here blow away the Big Apple. 1.4 billion people - four times as many people as the U.S. Even in the rural villages - there were people all over the place. You're never alone.
5). Americans are associated with President Obama. Most Chinese don't know English, but if they do, they'll tell you how much they love Obama. One man asked me if I lived near the President.
6). The Chinese have no rights. Facebook, Twitter and Google are blocked. I read a newspaper article about how great North Korea is. No religious freedom. No elections. No land ownership (only 70 years). Guns aren't permitted. One man told me the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 was "Western propaganda." Yes, there's economic opportunities - but democracy and human rights are non-existent.
Chinese people are polite, kind and will go above and beyond to help you. Napoleon once described China as a "sleeping giant." One out of five people on earth are Chinese - and now one lives in Moreland, Georgia.