On the morning of June 17, 2021, China Christian Council (CCC) and the Luis Palau Association (LPA) held a virtual meeting. The two sides reminisced their long-time friendship and shared with each other about their fight against COVID-19 and their work during the epidemic.
Rev. Shen Xuebin, vice president of CCC, introduced the active engagement of the Chinese churches in the fight against COVID-19. Under the guidance of the Chinese government and with the efforts of the Chinese people, China has made great achievements in containing the coronavirus. China also have cooperated with other countries to fight the pandemic. He also shared the good news that churches in China have now resumed services and activities with attendees maintaining social distancing and wearing masks. Rev. Shen Xuebin then showed images of visits between CCC and the LPA over two decades ago and recalled the good and long-standing relationship between the two sides.
Pastor Andrew Palau, son of international evangelist Luis Palau, said that he appreciated the condolence sent from the Church in China and the China Religious Culture Communication Association (CRCCA) immediately after his father passed away. He expressed sincerely, that although the pandemic prevented them from meeting one another face-to-face, he had kept praying for Chinese believers. And he hoped that the friendship between the LPA and the Chinese people would carry forward from generation to generation since that’s what his father aspired for. Mr. Levi Park, director of the LPA’s Global Mission, also attended the virtual meeting and he expressed the expectation of continuing the interaction and cooperation with the Church in China.
Staff members of the CRCCA and Ms. Gu Jingqin, interim director of CCC&TSPM’s Overseas Relations Department participated in the virtual meeting.
Luis Palau was one of the most renowned American evangelists, who founded the Luis Palau Association and held numerous gatherings in America and other parts of the world. His son Andrew Palau also worked as a member of the LPA. The LPA engages in preaching gospels, social services, charities and aids, etc. Luis Palau visited China for several times and was invited to preach in some churches.
Translated and edited by Beisang.