UNDERGROUND UNIVERSITY (UU) CHINA

UNDERGROUND UNIVERSITY (UU) CHINA

UNDERGROUND UNIVERSITY (UU) CHINA

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To enable the church in China to remain one body with the church around the world today and the church throughout history, at a time when the Chinese government is trying to sever both types of connections. 

The Chinese Mayflower Church

The South Korean government has denied the second appeal for asylum for Pastor Pan and his congregation (the 60 members of Shenzen Holy Reformed Church). They fled China in 2019 for Jeju Island, where they have been supporting themselves by doing menial labor during their asylum process. We first met Pastor Pan in South Korea before all of his congregation members had come (in 2019) and have been doing the UU China trainings with them for the past two-years.

These Mayflower Church children practice the principles of worship so that their families can participate in daily family worship in their homes.

In June, the South Korean government denied their original asylum request. They filed an appeal shortly afterward, but they were denied a second time on October 5th. Facing a deportation to China on October 19th, they filed yet another appeal, in order to not be sent back to China.

Church members are so excited about family worship, that they learned in UU China, that they now text Pastor Pan updates every night on their progress. Pastor Pan was proudly showing us these texts.

Essentially the denial rests on two key points:

  1. The judge said there is no data suggesting that people from unregistered churches in China are uniformly persecuted.
  2. The judge said there is no evidence that helps to prove Pastor Pan’s account of the warnings, threats and prohibitions that were issued to him from the Chinese government. The judge also said “it was hard to believe” Pastor Pan’s accounts.

It’s not hard to see that the SK government seems to be biased in its view on China and how China generally treats and interacts with Christians. It’s also noteworthy that the SK government doesn’t recognize the danger of the church being sent back to China.

The group was dubbed the “Mayflower Church” by global religious freedom advocates. The original ship called the Mayflower carried 102 Pilgrims to the ‘New World’ in 1620 as they fled persecution in England. This ‘modern-day Mayflower’ group looks like they will not be granted the religious freedom they were seeking here in Korea, but they fully understand that they still have freedom in Christ, which no government can take away.

We will continue to stand with the church and share their story, no matter where they are sent. We’ve come to deeply love and respect Pastor Pan and each of the church members since we first met them and learned of their story when they arrived here in 2019. We’ve trained not only the adults but even the young children again and again in what the Bible teaches about persecution in the life of the believer. We know that even if God sends them back to China, it is only because he has an even bigger plan and purpose for them, and they will be faithful.

There have been a few children born since coming to JeJu and this little girl is one of them.

Four hundred years after the original Mayflower Pilgrims, Christians still remember and are inspired by their story. We will do our best to continue to tell the story of these ‘modern Mayflower Christians’ to inspire and challenge people here in our country and around the world.

Wherever they are sent, we will continue to stand with the church and talk about them.

Please Pray With Us For The Following Requests:

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  • Continue to pray for Chinese Pastor Pan and his congregation on JeJu island. They have been seeking asylum in South Korea for the past two years, but they were denied for a second. Their future remains very uncertain as they could face repatriation back to China if another opportunity doesn’t open up for them.
  • Pray for Brother Dai Zhichao and the ERCC small group that he leads. Their group and children’s school classes has been targeted with intensified persecution lately. They have been forced to move several times lately by landlords and other residents.

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