In China, even 3-year-olds experience the power of God.
The Religious Affairs Bureau of China permits Christians to meet only in state-sanctioned churches, and strict laws forbid members to evangelize, talk about healing or minister to anyone under the age of 18.
But this has not stopped Christians in the underground house-church movement from reaching children and youth. In fact, the Holy Spirit is using teen-agers–and even children as young as 3–to reach the multitudes in the world’s most populous nation.
Leaders of the New Wine House Church, a growing network of churches in China, told Charisma about a 3-year-old boy living on China’s east coast who has an unusual healing anointing. The little boy’s grandmother carries him from house to house and asks him to lay his hands on the sick and pray for them. Many people are healed in this simple door-to-door ministry. “Recognizing the gift of God within him, the boy’s family carries him all over to do the healing ministry,” a church leader said.
Another house-church leader said a widely reported miracle involving a 4-year-old boy resulted in his father being brought to faith in Christ two years ago. The boy’s father and grandmother didn’t like the fact that the boy’s mother preached the gospel every night, so the father decided to divorce his wife. While the boy’s parents were in the courtroom, a man rushed in and announced: “Don’t fight anymore. Your child is very sick!” By the time the couple had returned home, their son was dead. The husband blamed the death of the child on his Christian wife. But he told her: “If you pray and our son is raised from the dead, I will become a Christian.” Every day for four days the wife carried the boy to a nearby house-church meeting and requested prayer. On the fourth day, her son began to cry. When the woman’s husband came home from work that day and saw their son playing in the back yard, he was convinced of the power of God and surrendered his life to Christ.
In another province, an 8-year-old boy was so touched by the worship choruses he heard during a house-church meeting that he gave his heart to Christ and began speaking in tongues. With the fire of God burning in his heart, he went home and asked his parents, grandparents and relatives to believe in Jesus. After his entire family chose to follow Jesus, this boy continued to preach under a fiery anointing to hundreds of China’s unsaved. Today he is the youngest evangelist in the New Wine House Church movement.