1000 churches you may not have heard of

On our way further into Jiangsu province yesterday we called in to the central church of Hai’an – a city of some 5 million people about two and a half hours drive by motorway from Nanjing. At the church we met the senior pastor of the registered (Protestant) church in Hai’an, some of the team and we were able to join a large class of lay leaders who were having a training session there. Each of our group was asked briefly to introduce ourselves and bring greetings from our home churches; and the warmth of the welcome was palpable. The dinner we were given was magnificent and all cooked in house by church staff and volunteers.
The information in the attached photograph gives an indication of the huge scale of church life in a city like this.
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