Wilson, GC Leaders Visit Adventists
in China

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SABBATH WORSHIP IN CHINA: Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson (lower right) speaks to a capacity congregation at the Mu’en Seventh-day Adventist Church in Shanghai, China, on March 31, 2012. Wilson is leading a 10-day visit of church officials to the nation, which is home to over 400,000 Adventist believers. [Photo: Owen J. Cox]
Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and other church leaders recently made a 10-day official visit to China, seeking to strengthen ties between the global Adventist family and an estimated 400,000 Adventists in the People’s Republic of China.

“We have visited wonderful, faithful, dynamic, and courageous Seventh-day Adventist church members,” Wilson wrote in an April 13, 2012, e-mail message to Adventist Review editors. “We have seen lovely churches that we own, heard wonderful choirs, seen enthusiastic young people in churches, and [witnessed] the results of earnest mission activities on the part of church members. We have seen some of the large, modern cities of this vast country as well as the strong infrastructure and natural beauty—and, of course, the thousands upon thousands of people just about wherever you turn.”

Joining Wilson are G. T. Ng and Robert E. Lemon, General Conference secretary and treasurer, respectively, along with Jairyong Lee, Northern Asia-Pacific Division president;
LEADERSHIP DELEGATION: Members of the GC delegation pause in Wenzhou, China. Pastor Ted Wilson and his wife, Nancy, are at the center of the photo. To the right of the General Conference president is G.T. Ng, world church executive secretary. At far left is Jairyong Lee, Northern Asia-Pacific Division president, and Robert E. Lemon, world church treasurer. Williams Costa Jr., communication director, is to the left of Wilson. [Photo: Andre Brink/ANN]
David Kok Hoe Ng, Chinese Union president; and Eugene Hsu, a retired general vice president of the world church. Williams Costa, Jr., General Conference communication director, and Andre Brink, an associate communication director of the world church, as well as regional communication director Suk Hee Han, are part of the delegation.

One of the stops on the itinerary is the city of Wenzhou, in southern China. The city has 9 million inhabitants and ?1 million Christians. With such a high density of Christians, it is sometimes called “the Jerusalem of China.”

“In the Wenzhou area 40,000 Sabbathkeepers expect the second coming of Jesus,” Hsu said. “They are approximately 10 percent of China’s Seventh-day Adventist membership and the second-largest Christian group in the region,” he added.

China has more than 1.3 billion people and a growing Christian community. In many cases Adventists worship in the same church buildings used by other Protestants. Nevertheless, Chinese Adventists keep the Sabbath and embrace the same core biblical beliefs held by members around the world.

WUXI CHURCH: The Wuxi Xian Adventist Church, about two hours away from Shanghai, was another stop for the delegation. [Photo: Brink/ANN]
“It is touching to see how God’s love unites us as a world family and how the Holy Spirit works even without a formal church structure and external assistance in this country,” said G. T. Ng.

On March 31 Wilson preached in the Shanghai Mu’en church and met with more than 1,500 members. In the afternoon the delegation went to the city of Wuxi, a two-hour drive from Shanghai, and found an enthusiastic group of Seventh-day Adventist believers. The Wuxi Xi’an church greeted the General Conference team with a service of music and prayer.

On the evening of April 1 a special program was presented at the Jingshi Seventh-day Adventist Church in the city of Wenzhou. At each stop Wilson offered words of encouragement.

                                                                                             --with information from Williams Costa Jr. in China

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