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1989 - Inside China's Underground

By Jay Rogers
Published September 1, 1989

The Pro-Democracy Revolution in China: An Eyewitness Shares His Testimony

After losing his passport during the Beijing Massacre one year ago, a Chinese exchange student returned to Manila last June with an exciting and insightful story to tell.

Kristin Ang was instrumental in planting an underground “house church” on the Xiamen University campus which grew to over 100 believers in less than two years. After seeing many of his fellow students saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit, tensions began to mount at the University. It seems that communist authorities were incensed by Kristin’s evangelistic boldness and were beginning to watch him more closely at the time when his passport was cancelled.

Kristin became a Christian two years ago during a missionary outreach in the Philippines. Born and raised in the Philippines, which has millions of indigenous Chinese like Kristin, the young convert became God’s perfect missionary to Mainland China. Six months before he gave his life to the Lord, Kristin had already been planning to be an exchange student at Xiamen University in the People’s Republic of China.

Shortly thereafter, he met a Christian house church leader who needed help smuggling Bibles into China. Kristin responded to the great need in China for Bibles and Christian literature. He would often take Bibles to leaders of house churches, who would then distribute them to the people.

After one semester as an exchange student, Kristin transferred to Xiamen University feeling that the Lord wanted him to labor there. A chain reaction had begun at his school – through the witness of other new believers, a dorm church had rapidly grown to over 100 people. According to missionaries laboring in China today, Xiamen University is one of several Chinese universities which has been experiencing revival since the infamous massacre last June.

“We saw several people in the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) security get saved,” Kristin said. “There were also students saved at the University who were Communist party members.”

When asked if Christians were behind the pro-democracy movement, Kristin replied, “Some of the older Christians in China think that the call for democracy is a worldly struggle. But this is not true of new Christians. The rally in Xiamen was started by a guy who I led to the Lord and is a very good friend of mine.” Kristin said that some of the Christians from the University had gone to Beijing during the week long student demonstration. To this day, he doesn’t know what happened to his friends that were in the demonstration – if they were killed, arrested or made it out of the city.

In fact, it was a miracle that Kristin was able to leave the mainland. He had been travelling to Hong Kong every six weeks to smuggle Bibles into the country for the new believers on campus. When the massacre broke out the Chinese government declared martial law and put an end to all travel into the country. Had he been in the mainland, he would have been stuck there indefinitely.

Kristin believes that the Lord has used the massacre to expose Communism. “After this, the Chinese are going to see the truth about Communism. Now more people will come to the realization that they can no longer believe in something that is so evil.”

“My vision is to work on a campus. Xiamen University, for instance, is a potpourri; it is a mixture of all the most intelligent people in China. All the future leaders of China are trained there. That is the hope of China. Some of them are Communist Party members; some of them are going to be government officials. I am not discounting the fact that others should also be reached, but the students are China’s hope.”


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