China (BFC) — In Chinese culture, yellow is considered a beautiful and prestigious color. At one point, it was reserved for the emperors–the symbolic color of the five legendary emperors of ancient China. To a certain extent, it has been used to represent what is sacred, so it’s no surprise that some Christians picked the color for their building.
Bibles For China shares the following story of the bright yellow church in the middle of rural China:
To our astonishment, in the middle of a rural area of China stood an amazing new, bright yellow church. It was not one of the churches where they had planned for us to do a distribution, but the leaders wanted to show us what God is doing.
They shared the story of how the leader of the church energetically worked as a tent maker and had challenged others to do what they could to assist in providing a church for their area. The church was not ready to be occupied when we arrived, but they were working diligently to complete the building so they could begin letting the area know they are welcome to come and see what the Lord had done.
Those that could not contribute financially were happily involved with doing the landscaping around the new church. As we watched them joyfully working, our hearts were warmed and strangely moved at the love they displayed while involved in what God is doing.
We all had the same feeling that it would be a joy to be there for the church dedication, if it were at all possible, and give everyone who comes a Bible. Many who attend will have never known that Bibles exist. Through the dedication of these Christians, the good news of the gospel will go out to the people of the area, and new life in Christ will be theirs.
Our hearts were touched as we realized anew the great task ahead of us to come alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ in China as they continue to establish new beacons of His light.