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Pray for an Awakening to the True Religion after the Earthquake in Sichuan, China

Updated on May 16, 2008

Epicenter of the Earthquake in Sichuan, China

Brief Description of the Earthquake in Sichuan, China


Sichuan Province, located in southwest China, is one of the largest and most inaccessible provinces in the nation. This province covers an area of 485,000 kilometers (187,000 miles) and boasts the largest population in China, with 87 million people

In Sichuan province of China an earthquake at a magnitude 7.9 Mw occurred at 14:28 CST on May 12, 2008. In China, it was named the Wenchuan earthquake after the earthquake's epicenter in Wenchuan County in Sichuan province. The epicenter was 90 kilometres (56 mi) west-northwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, with a depth of 19 kilometres (12 mi).

The earthquake was felt as far away as Beijing (1,500km away) and Shanghai (1,700km away), where office buildings swayed with the tremor. The earthquake was also felt in nearby countries. Skyscrapers swayed in Shanghai and in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, 100 miles off the southeastern Chinese coast. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The quake was felt as far away as the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, where some people hurried out of swaying office buildings and into the streets downtown. A building in the Thai capital of Bangkok also was evacuated after the quake was felt there.

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake is considered a major event, capable of causing widespread damage and injuries in populated areas.

Official figures (as of 16 May) state that 22,069 are confirmed dead, including 21,577 in Sichuan province.The Chinese government warned that the death toll could soar to 50,000. Tens of thousands are missing, many of them buried, and eight provinces were affected.It was the deadliest and strongest earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, which killed over 250,000 people.


Destruction from the Earthquake in Sichuan, China

Rescue Workers search for Earthquake Survivors

Rescuers search for survivors at the debris of collapsed buildings in the earthquake-hit Shifang, Sichuan province, May 16, 2008. China struggled to bury its dead and help tens of thousands of injured and homeless on Friday when a powerful aftershock brought new havoc four days after an earthquake thought to have killed more than 50,000. - REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA)

What Christians are doing for the People in Sichuan after the Earthquake

Sichuan province has over 250,000 baptized Christians, 150 churches, one seminary, and 700 meeting points where Christians gather to pray together, sing hymns and study God's word.

The Rev. Yuan Shiguo, general secretary of the Sichuan Christian Council reported that many churches have been destroyed and members of the Christian community, hurt in the earthquake. Because of the remoteness of some of the most affected areas, it may be weeks, even months, before the Sichuan Christian Council can assess the real damage done to churches and meeting points in the province. At that time the China Christian Council, the national umbrella of Protestant church in China, will most likely put out an international appeal.

Meanwhile says Rev. Yuan, "I would like to invite all of you to keep praying for our churches, Christians, and our people."

Christian Relief Organizations sent Help to Sichuan within Hours of the Earthquake

Within five hours of the May 12 earthquake near Chengdu, China, the Amity Foundation, a Chinese social service organization and Global Ministries' partner, had sent staff to the city to initiate relief efforts. By 7:00 that evening, Yue Yaomeng, Amity's project officer for disaster programs, began to assess crisis relief.

Amity released an immediate one million yuan (approx. US$145,000) to be available for relief aid. This was used in part to purchase 144,000 bottles of drinking water, nearly 29,000 packs of dried instant noodles, and 1,700 plastic tarps for temporary shelters. This life-giving cargo went from Chengdu to bring supplies to surrounding areas.

Within hours of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake that crumbled buildings and killed thousands of people in the Sichuan Province of western China on Monday, international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse responded to the crisis.

According to a news release, Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is currently on a 10-day visit to China where he is meeting with government and church leaders in Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai.

When he learned about the devastating earthquake, Graham committed $150,000 to assist with the immediate disaster response. The relief organization is continuing to look for additional ways it can contribute to earthquake relief efforts.

The Red Cross has sent over $100,000 USD worth of quilts and tents to the people of Sichuan Province, and Operation Blessing plans to send a medical team into the Sichuan area..

Buddhism is the Dominant Religion in Sichuan Province and the Leshan Giant Buddha is one of the Main Objects of Worship and Pilgrimage in that Area.

Over the centuries, the cultural treasures in the fertile Sichuan Basin region have grown in number. Among them, the most remarkable is Leshan Giant Buddha.

Leshan Giant Buddha is an enormous statue carved into the side of Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71 meters (230 feet) tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet.

The Giant Buddha lies to the east of the city of Leshan in Sichuan Province at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers. The statue faces the sacred Mount Emei with the rivers flowing below its feet.

The Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan is not only an Object of Worship but also a Popular Pilgim and Tourist Attraction

The True Religion of the One True God forbids the Worshiping of Images and Statues

Exodus 20: 1-6

  1. And God spoke all these words, saying:
  2. "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
  3. "You shall have no other gods before Me.
  4. "You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
  5. you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
  6. but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:23-24)

Giant Buddha of Maitreya, the Buddhist Version of the Messiah (Christ) who comes to the World in the End Time

The Buddha Maitreya is considered by some to be the Antichrist

The statue depicts a seated Maitreya Buddha. Maitreya is the Buddha of the future, who will appear to preach dharma when the teachings of Gautama Buddha have faded away from public consciousness.

Worshiping Maitreya was especially popular between the 4th and 7th centuries, and Maitreya's images are found throughout Buddhist temples in China, conveying his characteristic air of expectancy and promise. The Leshan statue is the most spectacular of them all.

Maitreya Buddha is the New Age Movement's False Christ in the End Time.

Remember the Lord Jesus Christ's warning: "Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand." (Mt. 24:23-25)

Aggressive Persecution of Christians in Southwest China Province Sichuan

Some cities in China persecute Christians more aggressively than others. Langzhong, in southwestern Sichuan Province, is such a city.

May, 2006. Church leaders and co-workers met together for fellowship. When the meeting ended, six police vehicles arrived, disgorging 15 police officers. Thirty leaders were arrested. Fourteen received criminal detention.

Sunday, June 27, 2006. A group of Christians walked home after a regular church service in the home of Wang Shixiu. Suddenly, a small Chang' an microbus and three motorcycles stopped in front of them. Fifteen plainclothes police officers, showing no ID, forced eight of the believers into the van.

When they heard of the arrests, four house church leaders- Li Min (52), one of the top seven national leaders of the 300,000-member Chinese House Church Alliance (CHCA) and considered to be the founder of the house church in Langzhong; Jin Jirong (66); Wang Yuan (38), also a CHCA leader; and Li Mingbo (37)- went to the Public Security Office to find out why.

They did not return.

Later, several more house church Christians- Li Chengxi, Sun Zhifen and Ke Yufang- went to visit their brothers and sisters. All three were subsequently arrested, abused and subjected to detentions. Ke Yufang, Jin Jirong's aunt, observed that her nephew had been seriously injured. For her inquiry, she was thrown into a police van, beaten unconscious and given seven days detention for "assaulting a policeman and interfering with the performance of his duty."

As the believers were held in a large room, more police cars arrived.

"Who is Li Ming?" someone shouted.

"I am," Li Ming said.

Three police officers attacked him, beating and kicking him. They dragged him outside, threw him to the ground and six policemen continued beating his head and stomach.

"You are killing me!" Li Ming cried. The police choked him into silence, pushed him into a police car and took him to detention.

When Jin Jirong tried to stop the police from abusing Li Ming, he too was beaten severely, his ankle injured. The other two leaders were beaten as well. Afterward, Wang Yuan could not stop vomiting. He asked to be taken to a hospital; instead, he was taken to detention.

On July 25, each of the four house church leaders was sentenced to two years "re-education through labor," where they are denied bibles and forbidden to even mention the name of Jesus.

We pray for the Christians in Sichuan.


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    • privateye2500 profile image


      8 years ago from Canada, USA, London

      ...more like pray for awakening after GW Bush being president!!

      ...and you, you lil ol' selfy - so sinless and all.

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      Sandra from Ohio 

      9 years ago

      The bible says many Antichrist shall come so this is probably just another Antichrist. I remember my preacher talking last sunday about the Antichrist, He said most of the world is an Antichrist plus most Christian's, This is a true statement to me because I see it all around me and most Chinese have never excepted Christ and probably will be lost without him. Jesus said Let all that thirst come to me and I will give you drink. He changed the water into wine and healed the sick so I imagine he can fix these peoples problems you just have to pray real hard like I do. If you pray in the early hours then in the noontime, then right before bed you have done it all day. My pastor will be going to China soon as a mission crusade the Chinese are tough I hope he has some success in ministering the gosple like Christ would want. Go to the entire world preaching the gosple Christ said and I believe we should do this because this is what Jesus asked us to do. You do great articals arkwriter maybe you go do one for our church. Pastor Ross always loves to have help in the ministry. Thanks and Jesus loves you all.

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      9 years ago

      He could be the Antichrist, you never know about these things. His appearance looks like the Antichrist so yes I believe he will be the Antichrist.

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      9 years ago

      The Buddha learned the skill of being a professional hypnotist right from the very beginning of the exploration into peoples minds, control really was his biggest purpose. You know nothing motivated Buddha more than the thought of power and being worshipped. His writings tell of him terrorizing men with authority and hypnotic techniques who talked about a God, and creation, and of course when he went forth to these men and commanded them never to speak of God or creation ever again because he said there was no God. So, he took away their ability to think for themselves, and of course this is the first step to physical control of their body's and thinking. Buddha changed men from being creation dissidents to returning them to himself while their minds and body's broke to his will. As far as the earthquake goes it really wasn't all that big. I went through a 7.8 that was reduced to a 7.6 near Landers California, I think it was in 1993 right before the North ridge earthquake I think it was 6.5, and our precursor was 6.5 or larger. They shake a lot but they really don't kill people, One boy died from sleeping under a fireplace in the Landers 7.6 quake. The most severely dangerous weather phenomena on earth are Tornado's, and they can generate wind up to 320 miles per hour. Last year 9 people died in Picher Oklahoma which was an F4 completely flattened everything then it moved right by us here in Wyandotte Oklahoma near Seneca Missouri and killed 14 near a highway to Joplin. They call tornado's the finger of God because they are so dangerous, and we get tons of them. You know the strange thing is these Indian governments remind me a lot of Buddha. There are 13 Indian Nations alone here in northeast Oklahoma, Wyandotte, Seneca, Eastern Shawnee, Miami, and many many more with all their casinos popping up everywhere. Since I have been living on Indian land as a member I have discovered that these governments are more like gangs if they want to be. They can be really really good if they want to be, or they can try to control your lives absent of the laws of the United States or rights. They can not be legally sued by anyone, and they can not be legally prosecuted by any law from anyone by any means at all according to the treaties upheld by United States law, and their mythology is pretty much like Buddhas. Life began when a woman fell out of heaven, So if we weren't for the good old U.S.A. I would think I was living in China or Japan or wherever Buddha is from. By Buddha, no one is going to miss you, although your answer concerning the universe did resemble similarities to the Milky Way, could have been coincidence or you were a space alien.

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      10 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

       It is true there are some similarities in the moral teachings of Buddhism with Christianity, but their major beliefs concerning salvation differ greatly from one another.

      Buddhism is founded on the teachings of Buddha who did not believe in the One True God, existence of sin and eternal salvation of the soul. Buddists believe in reincarnation.

      Christianity is founded on the belief of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, who was crucified by the shedding of His blood, and died to pay for the sins of man then resurrected from the dead and ascended to Heaven. Christians are those who believe Jesus Christ is the One True God manifested in the flesh.  He is the one and only Savior of mankind.  Christians believe in going to heaven and living with the Lord Jesus Christ forever.


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      Hard Facts 

      10 years ago

      Ng Yi-Sheng - Please dont mind Arkwriter's post, he has habit of abusing other religions.

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      Ng Yi-Sheng 

      10 years ago

      Matreiya Buddha is the Antichrist...? Have you tried reading Buddhist scriptures? They recommend stuff that's very similar to Christian practices, such as detachment from worldly things and non-violence. Don't you think the Antichrist would try and wreak a little more havoc than that?

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      10 years ago

      Great hub.

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      ted frizzell 

      10 years ago

      Maybe the trinity folks should know the name of their God,, if their God is a trinity what is his name?? most trinity folks do not know their God's name,, it becomes as the china's maybe it to is budda, ??

      just a thought or two

    • arkwriter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      Thank you for joining me in prayer for the people in Sichuan

      God bless you


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      10 years ago

      Another great hub Arkwriter. I love how you can show what true Christians are and let people know that just any belief isn't right at the same time. Keep allowing your light to shine bright my brother in Christ.

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      10 years ago from london

      I haven't found any other word as to thank you for inviting me to pray for all those innocent souls in China's earthquake.


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