A READING church is celebrating after seeing 60 people give their lives to Christ.
The Chinese Christian Church welcomed people from across the south of England for a special event where an evangelist from the United States of America was the guest speaker.
Pastor Zhi Ming Yuan, the chief director of China Soul For Christ Foundation, attended the conference which was held at Wycliffe Baptist Church in Reading at the end of February.
At the end of his address invited delegates to accept Christ. Around 60 people responded to his altar call.
“We thank God we have Pastor Yuan coming from the USA to hold evangelical meetings in Reading, Cambridge and Oxford,” said Stewart So, one of the leaders of Reading Chinese Christian Church.
“The outcome is encouraging. Almost 60 people responded to the calling and converted. Reading’s Chinese Christian Church have seen 21 converted.”
Pastor Yuan is well-known in China for writing a TV series called River Elegy.
He left the Communist country in 1989 and became a Christian in 1991 when he was in Princeton University as a visiting scholar.
Since then, he has made a series of films about Christianity and China including a 12 series DVD of his evangelical sermons, which it is reported have been spreading fast in the country.
The Reading Chinese Christian Church is an independent church, which meets at Wycliffe Baptist. It comprises members from China and Hong Kong, as well as other parts of South East Asia.
The dual language church features services in Cantonese and Mandarin. It initially started as a Chinese Christian fellowship some 30 years ago with many of the early members being from Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Some of the members are students or short term visitors from China, others are people who have settled in this country.
The church also boasts several groups that meet during the week.