One of the most well-known Christian leaders in China, Pastor Samuel Lamb, died on Saturday 3 August in Guangzhou, aged 88.
Lamb, was targeted by the government because of his refusal to merge his illegal house church into the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the state-regulated Protestant Church. He was first arrested in 1955 and again in 1958, he spent more than 20 years in Labour camps.
He saw his wife for the last time in 1977, she died, a year before Lamb’s sentence ended.
After his release, he again took up his work as a pastor, during which he was able to witness the exponential growth of the Chinese Church.
In 1979 he started his house church in Guangzhou. Attendance grew quickly and he had to move his congregation to a bigger building in the same city. Today his urban house church is still unregistered, but tolerated by the authorities.
Lamb became an example for millions of believers in China and around the world.
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Thank the Lord for the life and witness of this faithful servant.
- Praise the Lord for the massive church growth which has occurred in China over the past few decades.
- Pray for the many Chinese believers currently in prison for their Christian witness.