Suzhou Part Two

Overlooking the lake from Dushu Lake Church

Overlooking the lake from Dushu Lake Church

by Jim Lineweaver

I'm reminded of the praise song, "Come, Come and see what God has done." Today was another beautiful day in Suzhou, China with our brothers and sisters in Christ. To see the church growing with Christians embracing their faith, pursuing the word is breathtaking.  

This morning we enjoyed the fellowship of Pastor He and Pastor Wang Bin learning about the Dushu Lake Church near the university district. Suzhou is a relatively prosperous city with 13,000,000 people. This particular area of the city is home to approximately 24 universities and research facilities. Built beside a beautiful lake, a large statue of Christ stands in the court yard greeting all who venture in. A cross sits out in the lake as a beacon. The building was opened in 2009 and has 1,600 believers, eight ministers and three services.  

Stained glass from inside Dushu Lake Church. It incorporates the colors and designs from some of the Chinese minority ethnic groups to portray the ecumenical nature of the gospel. 

Stained glass from inside Dushu Lake Church. It incorporates the colors and designs from some of the Chinese minority ethnic groups to portray the ecumenical nature of the gospel. 

As handsome as the building and setting is, the people's desire to learn about Jesus and study the work is just as inspiring. One of the local seminaries now has a branch on the premises of Dushu Lake Church, where students pursue deeper studies in preparation for leadership roles and pastoral work.  

We had the privilege of spending some time with several of the seminary students, where we heard their testimonies and shared a bit about the church in America. They are so eager to learn everything they can about Christianity, study the word and share their faith. As it sometimes turns out, our trip here is more of a pilgrimage than a mission. A journey to a sacred place where we are learning and experiencing so much from the faithful here in China.  

The afternoon was capped off with each of us partnering with a student or minister for prayer. We each prayed in our own language knowing God hears everything. It is good to be connected to the global church and experience the authenticity of fellow Christians in China.   

Jim Lineweaver for the team