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Slave Labor Christmas Lights
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2006
Posted by: Scott McMahan | more..
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"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." As the secular Christmas
season rolls around once more, I want to bring your attention to a
story that I heard first publicized by Larry Burkett of Christian
Financial Concepts which has become Crown Ministries since then. Their
radio program used to air the original broadcast annually. The story
was so moving that I have never forgotten it and have never been able
to buy cheap Christmas ornaments and lights. Not that I ever did,
much, but this cured me of ever getting "the Christmas spirit" of
shopping ever again.

Blurb: "PICTURE THIS! A COLD, DARK PRISON CELL IN THE NORTHERN
INTERIOR OF CHINA. The cell is only 20' by 20' and occupied by 40
prisoners. One of these prisoners is a Chinese underground church
pastor in his mid-40s, sentenced to a three-year prison term for
preaching the Gospel of Christ. At 5:30 a.m., after being allowed four
hours of sleep, a swift blow awakens him to his back from the boot of
a communist prison guard. Pastor Stephen is allowed to have one of the
two bowls of soup that will be his food for the day including the one
small steamed roll he is given each day, he will consume perhaps 500
calories. Now all 40 prisoners are taken to a room and put in two
lines facing each other and forced to kneel. In front of each prisoner
is placed a box containing unassembled Christmas lights. The guard
viciously barks out the command and Pastor Stephen quickly grabs the
empty strings of lights and begins to assemble them. He takes the tiny
individual light bulbs and threads the two small metal wires extending
from the glass through the plastic holder and bends them into
place. Before long, his fingers are raw and bleeding. Then he puts the
bulb into the fitting on the string of lights and clamps it into place
with his teeth, as prisoners are not allowed tools. His quota for the
day - 5000 bulbs. Work will continue for 16 to 20 hours or all night
if necessary. If the guards are unsatisfied with the speed or quality
of the work, he will be beaten mercilessly. Such is a normal workday
for this humble servant of God. When he is taken back to his cell, he
recalls the many verses of Scripture he has memorized and thanks God
for His faithfulness in spite of the hardship. Then quietly he begins
to sing worship songs he has hidden away in his heart and he begins to
pray for the well being of his family. Tears of thanksgiving begin to
roll down his face as he ponders how blessed he is to be considered
worthy to suffer for Christ. Blessed because he is a part of the
underground Church of China - the largest Church in the world,
numbering over 80 million believers. A Church that is vibrant and
passionate and deep in the things of God. A Church that is paying a
great price for this great turning to God with persecution and
suffering. That's right, your tree is probably trimmed by lights made
by Christian pastors persecuted for sharing the Good News of the True
Light of the World! Check out The Lights of Christmas website for more
information and what you can do to support these Chinese pastors and
their families."

For more information, see:

http://thelightsofchristmas.org/

http://worldserve.org/

Unfortunately, both sites are Flash-based on the start page and can't
be viewed as normal HTML.

Deeper links:

http://thelightsofchristmas.org/christmas/about/sitemap.html

http://worldserve.org/sitemap.html

Once you get into these links, you can move around without the
Flash.

It's unfortunate that this story has not been publicized the last few
years. I can find no mention of it on the crown.org web site. Please
publicize this story if possible.

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Category:  Christmas Lights

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