Seventh-generation Christian remembers influence of family worship

Y (pseudonym), a pastor from southeast China, is a seventh-generation Christian and the fourth-generation pastor in his family. And his grandfather associated with his contemporaries John Sung (a famous evangelist) and Watchman Nee (a church leader) in the ministry.

Now a grandfather, Y still remembers the hardships his grandfather and father endured decades ago due to their ministry and faith during the Cultural Revolution. Due to her grandfather’s Christian beliefs, the family had a similar search experience at the time. And once at a time, his dad took him to a place where his dad was going to be criticized, and he watched it all unfold.

Because of the humiliation older generations suffered in public and the difficulties they faced in church ministry, Pastor Y once had a sense of conflict and distance from the faith. But he went on the path of serving God when he experienced rebirth and the grace of God at the age of 18.

He recalls: “During those special years, although the whole family had difficulties, fortunately my grandfather insisted on building family altars which I did not know what it was at the time, but I later realized it was a family worship after I started serving. God Family meetings once or twice a week supported family members through these difficult times with the grace of God flowing into our hearts.

And then this relay was passed from his grandfather and father to pastor Y. “Since 1983, I started to lead the family altar, with the family meeting once or twice a week. Although my son works Abroad by having children of their own, we conduct family worship online at least once a week.

“With many Christian members, my family experienced the sufferings collectively, which strengthened the faith of the members. Without the family altar and the grace of God, we would not have been able to stand tall and have spiritual support. for each other. During this special historical period, believers secretly gathered at our house, and even Catholics came to pray here. This scene has remained etched in my memory,” added Pastor Y.

– Translated by Abigail Wu

家族故事|第七代基督徒回忆:家庭祭坛的传承和影响

Seventh-generation Christian remembers influence of family worship

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