So a bit about Tongzhou. On staff are 5 pastors and 4 “pastors-in-training.” Services run at 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, and 7:00pm. I attended the 9:00am service and was given 10 minutes to bring greetings from Peace Mennonite Church and also a word from Scripture. Each service is videoed and broadcasted through CCTV to two other overflow rooms as well as ten other spots in Tongzhou via the internet. There are at least 2000 members of this congregation, plus another 50-60 meeting points under the umbrella of Tongzhou Christian Church.
I was given another excellent interpreter today. He wrote down in English everything that the speakers were saying on sheets of paper for me to read. After the three morning services we had lunch in a staff office and then stayed for a staff meeting in which the main topic of discussion was a request by one of the unregistered house churches nearby for some assistance in pastoral leadership, communion, discipleship, and space for their services.
Probably that’s enough for now. I’ll include more info in the photo captions of the slide show below.