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December 2020 Update

Thank you for your support and prayers.

2020 has been a difficult year of doing ministry via zoom meetings, Skype video conferences and thousands of phone calls. I have been unable to go back to China since the virus outbreak in November 2019. I came home from China on December 28,  2019 virus free and in March 2020 the Chinese Government canceled my 12 month visa until further notice. Until China reopens the country and allows non-essential foreigners to get new visas to come back I am stranded at home for the time being. As soon as China opens the border and United Airlines is again permitted to fly into Beijing I will return to the mission field.

In the interim the mission work doesn’t stop. Working virtually online via telephone and WeChat evangelism we daily spend many long hours supporting and communicating with our seven Chinese field staff helping them equipping, reaching, teaching, training and mobilizing men and women for Jesus Christ. The situation for believers in China has become extremely difficult, as Xi Jinping and the Communist Party gradually prepare for what seems like a final assault to try to rid Christianity from the country once and for all.

The Body of Christ, however, has grown to such a size under Communism that they will find it impossible to completely eradicate God’s people. Instead, the authorities have been putting plans into place to “corrupt” the Gospel. By doing so, they hope to control the Church and ultimately render it powerless and subservient to the Communist system.

To that end, the government has openly announced plans to “reinterpret” the Bible and other religious texts, so they will have “socialistic characteristics.” A glimpse into what that might look like was seen recently when a government publisher altered the ending of the account of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. Their “blasphemous” version now has Jesus concluding his talk by saying: “I too am a sinner,” instead of, “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

The battle lines are drawn. Please pray for our precious brothers and sisters in China. This year, tens of thousands of house church pastors and evangelists have gone missing, especially in those provinces with a large concentration of Christians.

Most of those tens of thousands are still alive, but in preparation for the struggle ahead, they have gone into hiding. They have completely disconnected from all phones and computers, because those devices are used by the government to track their location. Each person in China must have an ID card. It is impossible for a person to catch a flight or train, open a bank account, get a job, or rent an apartment without using their card. Each ID card contains a computer chip which is also used to track people’s movements. Many Christian leaders, before they go into hiding, have placed their cards inside a microwave oven for a few seconds, which ruins the chips and renders them useless.

Despite all that, it is a wonderful example of how the kingdom of God has grown so powerfully in China, despite seven decades of efforts to crush and suppress God’s people by the God-hating Communist Party.

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A Time for Reflection

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: Ecclesiastes 3:1-7

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

As we come to the end of the year, you probably agree that 2020 took an unexpected course that few of us had anticipated. The Covid pandemic has affected all of our lives to various degrees. If you have read our monthly newsletter updates and web blog postings you know that we have been a consistent voice and advocate for the Church in China.

As the verse at the top of this page says, there is a time to be silent and a time to speak. The Apostle Paul knew the importance of discerning the seasons and following God accordingly. Paul once boldly declared: “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21:13), but on another occasion he was hidden inside a basket and lowered over the wall of Damascus to escape from those who wanted to kill him (Acts 9:20-25).

The situation for believers in China has been extremely difficult, as Xi Jinping and the Communist Party gradually prepare for what seems like a final assault to try to rid Christianity from the country once and for all.

The Body of Christ, however, has grown to such a size under Communism that they will find it impossible to completely eradicate God’s people. Instead, the authorities have been putting plans into place to “corrupt” the Gospel. By doing so, they hope to control the Church and ultimately render it powerless and subservient to the Communist system.

To that end, the government has openly announced plans to “reinterpret” the Bible and other religious texts, so they will have “socialist characteristics.” A glimpse into what that might look like was seen recently when a government publisher altered the ending of the account of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. Their blasphemous version now has Jesus concluding his talk by saying: “I too am a sinner,” instead of, “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

The battle lines are drawn. Please pray for our precious brothers and sisters in China. This year, thousands of house church pastors and evangelists have gone missing, especially in those provinces with a large concentration of Christians.

Most of those are still alive, but in preparation for the struggle ahead, they have gone into hiding. They have completely disconnected from all phones and computers, because those devices are used by the government to track their location.

Furthermore, each person in China must have an ID card. It is impossible for a person to catch a flight or train, open a bank account, get a job, or rent an apartment without using their card. Each ID card contains a computer chip which is also used to track people’s movements. Many Christian leaders, before they go into hiding, have placed their cards inside a microwave oven for a few seconds, which ruins the chips and renders them useless.

Despite all that, it is a wonderful example of how the kingdom of God has grown so powerfully in China, even after seven decades of efforts to crush and suppress God’s people by the God-hating Communist Party.

Thanks to the grace of God and your prayers and generous support we continue to operate full steam. As long as the Lord continues to hold the door open, we will help our Chinese brothers and sisters through our field co-workers to have access to God’s Word.

Although there has been a great revival among the Han ethnicity in parts of China, more than 90 percent of the population still remain unreached, including more than 400 tribes and people groups, many of which are completely unaware of the Gospel. Please pray for the precious people of the world’s most populated country.

On behalf of all the grateful believers in China, thank you and God bless you!

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China Watching You On Zoom

Zoom headquarters in San Jose, California.

Zoom employees disrupted meetings where China was criticized, and even framed CCP critics by posting child pornography from their accounts, U.S. Government says.

June 4, 2020 was the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square carnage. Several conferences were planned in the U.S., but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to move online. When June 4 came, the organizers felt that something was wrong. Some of the events’ participants abruptly showed images of child pornography or slogans praising terrorism. Even when this did not happen, events were interrupted by Zoom and the accounts of the organizers were terminated.

Soon it became obvious that this was not coincidental, but part of a CCP plot to prevent the events from happening—a plan using as agents Zoom employees. On June 11, Zoom issued a public apology, acknowledging that Chinese authorities had contacted them since May about the Tiananmen meetings, stating that any participation by Chinese citizens would have been illegal under Chinese law.

Zoom claimed that, since they cannot prevent any specific participant from attending a meeting, they canceled the whole meetings to comply with the Chinese requests, but canceling the accounts of the organizers had been a mistake.

The U.S. Department of Justice, however, was not happy with the explanation, and launched its own investigation. The Department announced that an arrest warrant was unsealed in a federal court in Brooklyn, charging “Xinjiang Jin, also known as ‘Julien Jin,’ with conspiracy to commit interstate harassment and unlawful conspiracy to transfer a means of identification.” Although Jin’s employer was only identified as “Company-1” in the Department’s report, Zoom acknowledged that the investigation was indeed about them.

“According to the Department of Justice, Jin, a Zoom employee based in China, served as Company-1’s (Zoom’s) primary liaison with PRC [People Republic of China] law enforcement and intelligence services. In that capacity, he regularly responded to requests from the PRC government for information and to terminate video meetings hosted on Company-1’s (Zoom’s) video communications platform.  

Part of Jin’s duties included providing information to the PRC government about Company-1’s (Zoom’s) users and meetings, and in some cases, he provided information—such as Internet Protocol addresses, names and email addresses—of users located outside of the PRC. Jin was also responsible for proactively monitoring Company-1’s (Zoom’s) video communications platform for what the PRC government considers to be ‘illegal’ meetings to discuss political and religious subjects unacceptable to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the PRC government.”

We are accustomed to scandals, but this one is extreme. According to the Department of Justice, Zoom used “systems in the United States to censor the political and religious speech of individuals located in the United States and around the world at the direction and under the control of officials of the PRC government.” 

The Department also confirms that Jin and other Zoom employees fabricated evidence of violations of Zoom’s terms of service, including posting “child pornography” and propaganda “supporting terrorist organizations,” to ban from Zoom users who were commenting on “political and religious” topics in terms critical of the CCP.

Zoom answered that, upon learning of the American investigation, it had fired Jin and placed employees who cooperated with Jin on “administrative leave pending the completion of the company’s internal investigation.”

Obviously, this is not good enough. We have learned that Zoom regularly cooperates with the CCP, monitors contents critical of the CCP from Zoom users “around the world,” and even frames its own clients using child pornography and other objectionable content falsely posted in their name.

Zoom’s answer is that it was not Zoom as a company that was responsible for this outrageous behavior, but some rogue employees. In fact, Jin was anything but “rogue.” He was appointed “Security technical leader” by Zoom, in compliance with the desires and indications of the CCP, and his job was precisely to prevent Zoom meetings from damaging the CCP.

Zoom’s founder and CEO, Eric Yuan, was born and raised in China, where he earned his B.A. and master’s degrees, although he later moved to the U.S. and became an American citizen.

Was Yuan personally involved in the deal with the CCP? Is the deal still active, even after Jin has been exposed and fired?

Are we, as critics of China, monitored on Zoom, with our data sent to the CCP? Will somebody post child pornography and claim we did it, next time we disturb the CCP on Zoom?

China Insider: Zoom’s China Employee Charged for Censoring Dissidents
Zoom Shared US User Data With Beijing to Ensure Chinese Market Access

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Christmas Message 2020

In his Christmas message — which the mainstream media has summarily ignored — Trump retells the story of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and her central role in the Incarnation.

Risking the mockery of demons on both sides of the Atlantic, he even quotes the Angel Gabriel’s words to Our Lady at the time of the Annunciation.

Franklin Graham

“People have asked if I am disappointed about the election. When I think about my answer, I have to say honestly, that I am grateful—grateful to God that for the last four years He gave us a president who protected our religious liberties; grateful for a president who defended the lives of the unborn, standing publicly against abortion and the bloody smear it has made on our nation; grateful for a president who nominated conservative judges to the Supreme Court and to our federal courts; grateful for a president who built the strongest economy in 70 years with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years before the pandemic; grateful for a president who strengthened and supported our military; grateful for a president who stood against “the swamp” and the corruption in Washington; grateful for a president who supported law and order and defended our police. I’m grateful for a president and a vice president who recognized the importance of prayer and were not ashamed of the name of Jesus Christ. I’m thankful that the president stood against the secularists who wanted to take Christ out of Christmas and that he brought back the greeting “Merry Christmas!” So as we come to the end of this election season, I look back with a grateful heart and thank God for all of these things. It is unfortunate that many people got confused and made the election about personalities rather than the policies of the candidates. President Trump will go down in history as one of the great presidents of our nation, bringing peace and prosperity to millions here in the U.S. and around the world. May God bless him, Melania, and their family, as God leads him to the next chapter in his life.” 

Merry Christmas.

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Ode of a Backslider  

T’was the night before God came and all through the house,
Not a person was praying, no bride to espouse.
Our Bibles were stored in the closet somewhere,
In hopes that the Word would mature us from there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing their head.
My old lady in her rocker with babe on her lap,
Were watching the late show while, I took a nap.

When out of the east there arose such a clatter,
I dropped the ashtray trying to see what’s the matter?
Spilled beer on the dope as I tripped over the trash,
Hit my head on the shutter, pinched my thumb with the sash.

Even though this is the big party season,
I swore to myself, “There best be a good reason!”
When what to my bloodshot eyes should appear,
But angels proclaiming, “Messiah is here!”

With a trump and a light, sending forth a bright ray,
I knew in a moment, this was surely The Day.
The light of His face made me cover my head,
Yeshua was returning, just like He had said.

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him, in spite of myself.
His reward was with Him and His judgment too,
Some ran to hide, while others to Him flew.

The people whose names had been written with love,
Had met Him descending in the clouds up above.
Those who were ready; rose with great joyous sound,
While the rest of us were left just standing around.

In the book of life that He held in His hand,
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name,
When He said “it’s not here,” my head hung in shame.

When asked if I had run a good race,
There was no way I could look in His face.
My account held little of which I could tell,
I shook like a leaf as His voice boomed out, “Well…?”

I fell to my knees, but it was too late,
I had waited too long, thus sealing my fate.
I was weeping and gnashing when cast out of sight,
If only I, and mine had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear,
The return of the Lord draws ever so near.
There is only one life and come the last call,
We’ll know that God’s Word was true after all.

As we journey through these lives from birth to our grave,
Let us realize we will never have it made.
We will never really get there or find total relaxation,
Unless we understand life’s journey “is” our destination.

In twenty four hours, now will be yesterday,
What will you look back on; and what would God say?

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House Church Movement

The Chinese Communist Party has long desired to eliminate or control Christianity, but being atheists, they can never understand that they are not dealing with a mere religion or human institution. Instead, the atheistic regime has been picking a fight with the living, resurrected Jesus Christ!

And there is only ever one winner when people battle the Lord!

In the 71 years since China became Communist, the Lord has laughed at efforts to destroy His kingdom, and He has overseen the greatest revival in history, with the Church in China growing from about one million believers to well over 120 million!

We would like to share a precious testimony from Sister Hu, who in 2018 shared the amazing story of how their house church movement started in northeast China.

Some years ago, my son fell seriously ill with a kidney disease. I visited numerous temples where I earnestly worshiped all the idols, but he got worse. Then someone at the hospital told me that if I believed in Jesus my son could be healed.

I had no idea how to pray to this Jesus, or even what ‘prayer’ was. How many times must I pray? What words should I recite and what postures should I take? It occurred to me that I should take my son to Beijing and shout aloud to Jesus on the streets, in the hope that this mysterious person would hear me and find us. However, I lacked the money to travel to Beijing or to make offerings to Jesus once I found him.

My fellow workers at the factory all laughed at me when I pleaded for their help to sell my house so I could take my son to Beijing. I cried so hard that I had a stroke and was unable to talk. Feeling ashamed, my co-workers loaded me onto a cart and pushed it to a medical clinic. Two doctors treated me, and strangely one of them said, ‘God must have a plan for your life.’ I found his comment very odd.

Still guilt-ridden because of the way they had treated me, my co-workers had a change of heart and decided to help raise money for our trip. I had no idea where to go once we reached Beijing, but the hospital administrator also had to go to Beijing for a meeting, so he accompanied us on the long train journey.

I felt overwhelmed by the crowds of people and the hustle and bustle of the big city, but the administrator took us to a hospital, where there happened to be a doctor who specialized in kidney disease. He took one look at my son and said he must be admitted immediately. We stayed in Beijing, with my son receiving treatment as I recovered from my stroke.

One day I visited a big cathedral in the city. It was the first time I had ever set foot inside a church building, but somehow I felt at home. I began attending services there, and some sisters encouraged me to follow Jesus and dedicate my son to Him. I told God that if he healed my son, I would always serve Him and would share the Gospel with as many people as I could.

My son’s condition improved, but then he suffered a setback and the doctor said there was no hope. I asked Jesus to heal him, and from that moment my son improved, although he still needed treatment.

We traveled back home on the train, and I told my boss I had enough money either to buy food or to pay the medical bills, but not both. I was perplexed about what to do, but then I remembered my vow to God, so I quit my job and began sharing the Gospel with everyone I met. Soon, a small group of believers emerged, and we began a class to train evangelists and pastors. The fellowship grew quickly and became so large that it caused traffic jams in our town whenever we held a service! We rented a larger building to meet in.

Over time, the Holy Spirit revealed that we should focus on two things: evangelizing the lost and training leaders. We formed teams with five people in each, and we targeted 18 towns with the Gospel. As we approached each town we prayed, and then we would look for the poorest household to share the Good News of Jesus with.

Each team was supported by an intercession and fasting chain, which operated around the clock, with believers rotating in two-hour shifts. We fasted for seven days before a campaign, and to this day we still gather every morning at 4:30 a.m. for prayer, even in winter when it’s minus 30 degrees outside.

In the first 15 towns many people believed our message, and we formed new churches in each place. The final three towns were further away, so we had to ride bicycles long distances to reach them. Miraculously, in one town the officials let us use the municipal loudspeaker, to ensure that everyone could hear the message. Many people believed and more churches were formed.

Our meetings were always crowded. Some who came were demon possessed, but when we prayed they were completely delivered. Many others were healed from deafness and other ailments. At first, we had many sisters but only one brother on our teams. We asked God to add 100 new brothers. and after the first evangelistic campaigns, we found that was exactly the number of men who had been converted.

Later, we added mercy ministries to help the sick, elderly, and orphans. Now, our church has grown to 40,000 believers, and we have 1,000 evangelists and pastors. We have seen God perform many remarkable things, which have helped spread His salvation message more widely.

Some towns have been so thoroughly saturated with the Gospel that now over 80 percent of the people are Christians.

Jesus has been so good to us. What a wonderful Lord! He has been our best friend and He sticks closer than a brother. The doctor in Beijing told me that my son would never have children, but now his daughter is ten-years-old!

In recent years we have faced fresh challenges, as the government’s strict new religious policies have taken effect. We are under great pressure to compromise, but we are determined to fully obey Jesus, and we will continue to evangelize, regardless of the cost.

This is the story of how our churches were formed and grew. Please understand that it has not been human strength that has accomplished any of this! Rather, it has all been the work of the King of Kings, who said: “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).

As long as the Lord continues to hold the door open, we plan to keep helping our brothers and sisters in the Chinese house churches have access to God’s Word.

May our Heavenly Father continue to provide the Scriptures to all His children in China!

God bless you,
The Team at Asia Harvest
www.asiaharvest.org

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Gettin Into The Christmas Spirit

This year, we’ll all be having a Christmas like no other. While some countries are locked down, and others have travel restrictions in place, traveling back home to celebrate with your loved ones may not be an option. As adults, we’re more likely to compromise with the current situation. For children who are used to celebrating with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, it might be much more complicated. So here are some tips for getting yourself and your children into the Christmas spirit amid the pandemic crisis.

Decorate your personal space

Where are your fairy lights and your colorful Christmas balls? What about your Santa’s hat? Assuming you’ve preserved them carefully since last Christmas, it’s high time you took them out to get into the festive mood. If you have kids, decorating the house and the Christmas tree can be some family activity to break the lockdown routine. If you live alone, your cat or your dog can be your assistant. Almost everyone loves to contemplate the colorful Christmas decorations. If you’re currently on holiday and you have the necessary material, you can also make some DIY Christmas decorations for your home. Make your vital space as pleasant as possible during this festive season. Making postcards is another great way to spend your free time and convey your wishes to your loved ones.

 Plan family activities

Although some countries are planning to ease their restrictions during the Christmas week, you’re probably not likely to plan your outings as you used to. Forget about spending the festive season with your family back home, or about traveling to some exotic place for holidays. With your children at home, all this can sound stressful, but there are many ways to spend quality time together. First, put up your Christmas tree and get your children to help you decorate it. DIY decorations can be an enriching experience for them while keeping them busy. Consider other family activities, such as board games, riddles, puzzles, craft workshops, etc., for the whole week. Internet is your best friend, so do some research and search your drawers for the DIY material you had kept. Don’t forget to immortalize those special moments through photos. If you have a backyard, a candy hunt is another great idea to keep the kids busy. And if you’re lucky to have snow for Christmas, make a snowman and have a snowball fight together.

Make a list of Christmas carols and movies

Have you ever imagined Christmas without the Christmas carols? Perhaps you won’t get the chance to listen to the Christmas carols at your doorstep, but you can have your own choir. Pick your favorite Christmas carols and plan your rehearsals until Christmas Eve. How about a special Christmas karaoke? You can also pick up a couple of Christmas movies that you can watch with your children with some hot chocolate and home-made cookies. You can also plan a movie marathon for your children with your friends or with your family back home. It’s a great way to spend quality time online.

Make a Christmas playlist

From early December, Christmas carols are usually on repeat mode in almost every business around the world. But with the current restrictions, you’re less likely to be touring bars, shops or malls this year. One of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is by making a special Christmas playlist. Are you more of a fan of English or international songs? A mix of both could be perfect. Tune in to YouTube, and you’re done! From Tino Rossi to Mariah Carey and Sia, the choice is vast. It can also be a great way to learn how to wish Merry Christmas in different languages. But don’t keep them to yourself! Your friends and family might also be feeling isolated and depressed during this uncommon festive period. So consider sharing your playlist with them on social networks or through apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Messenger, etc. It can bring them a ray of light amidst the COVID-19 chaos.

Watch your favorite Christmas movies

In locked down countries, family activities such as movie nights or theater won’t be a thing this Christmas. But that doesn’t mean you should sit down and get bored. If you have a Netflix account or have a Christmas movies collection, it can be a great opportunity to spend quality time with your partner or family. Have you heard of “movie marathons”? Just pick your favorite movies or series and have your family members choose theirs. Prepare a few snacks and drinks and get cozy in your couch. If you live alone, you can still invite your family and friends back home to join your movie marathon. After all, distance is just a number.

Online Get Together’s

Your children will probably find it hard to imagine Christmas without their grandparents, cousins ​​or friends. In many countries, family gatherings will be very limited this year, but online get together’s are an option. Try to set up different time slots for the different groups of people your children would love to spend time with. Decorate their space, such as their bedroom or the living room, to help them get into the festive mood, and share the spirit with their dear ones. So take out the Santa hats, the fairy lights and the jingle bells.

Try out Christmas recipes

This Christmas, with all the current restrictions, you’re probably not keen to give your children a treat at the restaurant or to invite people over for dinner. But you can still make it special to strengthen your bond. Ask your children what they would like to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bake their favorite cakes and cookies and get them to help you as much as possible to help them get into the festive mood. Have you thought of having a small cooking workshop with them? Put on some nice Christmas songs, look for some recipes and try them out together.

Make their favorite meals

If you are locked down with your family, you should seize the opportunity to spend some quality with them over a nice meal. As you are unlikely to be able to dine out this Christmas, you can prepare your favorite dishes or cakes yourself. The Internet will be your best friend, whether you’re looking to try a foreign recipe or to prepare a typical dish from your home country. Your family will love it, and it can be fun to have your partner or children help you out. Don’t forget to take some photos to share on Instagram and other social networks to inspire your friends and followers.

Add on foreign Christmas traditions

If you recently relocated to your host country, maybe you’re not familiar with the local Christmas traditions. Break the routine by researching foreign Christmas traditions, whether those of your host country or other countries and try to merge them with your own traditions. It’s a great way to enrich your children’s cultural knowledge in a fun way. Consider listing these traditions and applying each of them every day before Christmas.

Take safe outings

If your host country has eased its restrictions, you will probably be tempted to take the children out for Christmas. But it’s best to avoid crowded places like malls and restaurants, although children are usually fond of them. Outdoor places, such as gardens and parks, are ideal for kids activities in these COVID-19 times. If wearing a mask is mandatory, make sure your children feel comfortable doing so. Keep hand sanitizer within reach and ensure your children’s safety at all times.

Sharing is caring

Christmas is the time for sharing with family, friends or with the community around you. There are many ways to teach your children the value of sharing. For example, you can encourage them to make postcards and small gifts for family and friends, for the less fortunate children in or around your neighborhood, to hospital patients or the residents of elderly care homes. How about sharing candy or DIY Christmas decorations with their little neighbors on Christmas eve? This will not only make them happy, but it can also put a smile on the face of children who are going through a difficult time during this festive season.

Self-care

The festive season is the perfect time for self-care amidst the lockdown and current restrictions. You might be craving for a relaxing therapy at the spa, but there are plenty of ways to pamper yourself at home. Start by subscribing to a fitness channel on YouTube so that you rid yourself of the extra pounds you’ve taken in the past few months. Then, test the DIY care recipes that you found on Google. Fancy a face mask or a hair mask, or a relaxing eye treatment after spending hours in front of your computer, or a DIY scrub before your Christmas dinner? Give yourself a treat as many times as you want!

Create memories

Hoping that Christmas will be different next year, make sure your kids enjoy every moment spent together. Besides taking photos, encourage them to document each of the activities mentioned above in a journal.

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Pig Eating Humiliation

Uighur Muslims and other minorities detained in China’s re-education camps are forced to eat pork on holy days and subjected to various forms of “humiliation and violence,” according to a recent account from re-education camp survivor Sayragul Sautbay.

Sautbay is a medical doctor of Kazakh origin currently living in Sweden after being released from a re-education camp in China’s Xinjiang region more than two years ago. She detailed her experiences and those of other Muslim minority groups in an interview with Al Jazeera and an upcoming book.

“Every Friday, we were forced to eat pork meat,” Sautbay told Al Jazeera. “They have intentionally chosen a day that is holy for the Muslims. And if you reject it, you would get a harsh punishment.”

She added that Xinjiang authorities implemented the policy to make Muslim detainees feel shame and guilt as the consumption of pork is strictly prohibited in Islam. “I was feeling like I was a different person,” she told Al Jazeera. “All around me got dark. It was really difficult to accept.” 

Sautbay’s upcoming book “The Chief Witness: Escape from China’s Modern-Day Concentration Camps” also details her experience in a re-education camp and notes how she uncovered Beijing’s long-term plan for the Xinjiang region, according to the book’s publisher Scribe Publications. The book describes the punishment and torture detainees were subject to including “being beaten, raped, and used as subjects for medical experiments.”

Testimonies and prior reports reveal how China has targeted Uighurs and other Muslims ethnic minority groups in the country’s northwestern region. One survivor told The Wall Street Journal in a 2018 interview that he and other detainees were also forced to eat pork and not allowed to pray.

Xinjiang’s top administrator Shohrat Zakir reportedly announced in Nov. 2019 that the region would be transformed into a “pig-raising hub,” according to Al Jazeera. A new farm was built in the city of Kashgar earlier this year with the goal of producing 40,000 pigs annually, the Chinese-language website Sina reported.

The farm was authorized April 23 — the first day of the Islamic holy month Ramadan — and authorities noted that pig farming was not meant for export but “to ensure the supply of pork” in Kashgar despite Uighur Muslims making up the vast majority of the city’s population.

The Chinese government has implemented strict measures in Xinjiang for several years. Agence France-Presse first reported in 2017 that authorities required shops to sell alcohol and cigarettes, banned all public prayer, criminalized the display of beards for anyone younger than 50 years old and installed security cameras in mosques.

Up to 2 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are believed to have been forced in re-education camps, according to a 2018 United Nations estimate first reported by Reuters. It is unclear how many people are currently detained.

The State Department imposed sanctions and visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials earlier this year for human rights violations in Xinjiang. The Commerce Department previously added 28 Chinese firms to a trade blacklist in Oct. 2019 for “repression, mass arbitrary detention and high-technology surveillance” in Xinjiang.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new sanctions Friday on Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials involved in a broad range of coercive and threatening activities against political opponents in the United States and elsewhere.

Pompeo said in a press statement that the CCP “has long sought to spread Marxist-Leninist ideology and exert its influence all over the world.” He added that the Chinese government also uses “intimidation tactics” to silence opponents in academia, business, civil society, the global Chinese diaspora and minority communities in regions like Xinjiang and Tibet.

“Today I announced visa restrictions on United Front Work Department officials who have engaged in malign activities to co-opt and coerce those who oppose Beijing’s policies. We call on the PRC to end its use of coercion to suppress freedom of expression.” — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 4, 2020

The announcement notes that the State Department would impose visa restrictions on CCP and other Chinese government officials “who have engaged in the use or threat of physical violence, theft and release of private information, espionage, sabotage, or malicious interference in domestic political affairs, academic freedom, personal privacy, or business activity.”

The sanctions also target officials involved with the United Front Work Department, a Chinese government agency that works to “co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition” according to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin noted in a June op-ed that the United Front Work Department engages in covert operations targeting anti-CCP individuals and groups in the United States.

One of the tactics used by United Front Work Department affiliates is “doxing,” or releasing the personal details of targets and even their family members, Pompeo said in his statement. He added that these tactics are used in “furtherance of the CCP’s authoritarian narratives and policy preferences.”

The Trump administration also announced new guidelines that limit all CCP members to one-month, single-entry visas if they apply for entry, The New York Times first reported.

China’s foreign ministry has long condemned diplomatic sanctions and visa restrictions imposed by the United States. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying referred to such measures as “extremist” during a press conference and accused the United States of having a “deep-seated Cold War mentality.”

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Vatican’s Secret Deal With China

Seventy-five years after the Holocaust, the Vatican is turning a blind eye to an authoritarian regimes attempt to exterminate an ethnic minority.

That is the assessment of British human rights activist Benedict Rogers. In a July 29 Foreign Policy article, Rogers recounted how the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews wrote a letter to the Chinese ambassador in London, comparing the plight of the Uyghurs in Communist China to that of Jews in Nazi Germany. Children have been taken from their parents and sent to state-run orphanages. Women have been sterilized. And drone footage shows Uyghur men, kneeling and blindfolded, waiting to be loaded onto trains.

Twenty-three nations have condemned China’s human rights abuses. But the Vatican has remained surprisingly silent considering that Pope Francis is hailed as an advocate for the oppressed.

The pope has condemned the United States government for temporarily separating the children of illegal immigrants from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. And he has spoken out against the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a U.S. police officer, saying, “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form.” Yet when it comes to Communist China, he has turned a blind eye. He has not uttered a public prayer for the Uyghurs, the Hong Kongers, the Tibetans, the Falun Gong practitioners, or any other group persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party. Why?

According to Benedict Rogers, Pope Francis may not be allowed to criticize China’s treatment of the Uyghurs under the terms of a “secret concordat” between the Vatican and Beijing.

Two years ago, the Vatican asked Bishop Peter Zhuang Jianjian and Bishop Joseph Guo Xijin to step down and make way for two new bishops approved by the Chinese government. This was a prelude to a deal between the Roman Catholic Church and the Communist Party of China. The text of this deal remains secret, but we know it gives an avowedly atheist regime a direct role in appointing Catholic bishops. And it may mandate the pope’s silence on Communist human rights abuses.

Before this deal was signed, about half of China’s 10 to 12 million Catholics worshiped in underground churches that refuse to recognize Communist control over their faith. The other half worshiped in government-managed churches run by clergy appointed by the Communist Party of China. The deal was supposed to be a strategic compromise in the name of Catholic unity, but no Catholic clergy have been released from prison. Instead, several more have disappeared since the deal was signed.

The last British governor of Hong Kong is warning that the Vatican is making a mistake by cozying up to China just as it is slipping back into the most hard-line dictatorship since Mao Zedong. And retired Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen has said signing a deal with Communist China is analogous to signing a contract with Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin. Yet Vatican officials still plan on renewing their deal with China.

“The provisional agreement with China expires in September of this year and we must find a formula; we must see what to do,” Italian Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli said on an Italian television network. “We are trying to look toward the future, and we are trying to give to the future of our realizations a deep and respectful basis, and I would say that we are working in this sense.”

In summary: Pope Francis turns a blind eye to China’s egregious human rights abuses while praising Catholics who kneel at Black Lives Matter protests in the United States. This shows that human rights are not his primary concern. Instead, he is trying to accomplish a geopolitical goal.

Uki Goñi is an Argentine author whose research focuses on the Vatican’s historic role in organizing “ratlines” to help Nazi criminals escape to Argentina. In a 2015 editorial for the New York Times, he wrote that you couldn’t understand Pope Francis without acknowledging that his worldview was shaped in Juan Peron’s Argentina. That is why Pope Francis often warns about the “excesses of capitalism” while expressing sympathy for communism and other forms of socialism. He ascribes to the sort of Catholic socialism that was practiced in Argentina during Juan Peron’s presidency.

“If you were to read one of the sermons of the first fathers of the church, from the second or third centuries, about how you should treat the poor, you’d say it was Maoist or Trotskyists,” Francis said in 2010 when he was still archbishop of Buenos Aires. So while the pope disagrees with China’s atheism, he seems more sympathetic to China’s Maoist economic system than he is to America’s free-market system. And this fact is key to understanding the geopolitical rationale behind the Vatican’s China deal.

Suppose Pope Francis wanted to defeat American capitalism. To do so, he would need to convince Catholic nations across Africa, Europe and Latin America to adopt a more socialist way of running their economies. And what better way to accomplish this than a deal with the world’s leading Communist economy? This deal with China is part of the Vatican’s long-term campaign to achieve full diplomatic relations with Beijing, a vital step toward restructuring the world economy.

Biblical passages such as Revelation 17 reveal that a powerful religious entity will rise in the end time and become the guiding force over a great economic powerhouse that intoxicates all nations with its wealth and splendor. Revelation 18:3 says, “For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” Notice that these merchants are not only active in Europe and Latin America, they are merchants of the Earth doing business in all nations.

The religious entity referred to in Revelation 17 and 18 is headquartered in Rome. So atheist China is not going to lead the world’s new economic order. But atheist China will ally with a revived Holy Roman Empire to replace the current Anglo-American economic system.

The people of Rome once referred to the Chinese as the people of Cathay, after the Khitans on northern China. Both the Old Testament books of Isaiah and Ezekiel mention these people as Kittim. The Kittim form an end-time trade relationship with Tyre, which refers to the commercial heart of the Holy Roman Empire (Isaiah 23; Ezekiel 27).

Anyone concerned about the type of deals the pope is making with totalitarian dictatorships needs to understand the soon-coming alliance between “Catholic Europe” and “Communist China.” Both powers are prophesied to be instrumental in America’s downfall!

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Country Will Never Change Its Color

“Our Red Country Will Never Change Its Color”
By Massimo Introvigne

In a candid overview of CCP ideology and propaganda, the President insists that Marxism and dialectical materialism will never be abandoned in China.

China Central Television announcing Xi’s new book.  

Some may say that nothing resembles a book by Xi Jinping more than another book by Xi Jinping, and they are published every two months or so. However, they are still worth a look, considering they are mandatory reading for millions of CCP members and students throughout China.

The new book, “On the Party’s Propaganda and Ideological Work” (Beijing:  Institute of Party History and Documentation of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, 2020) collects 52 texts by Xi on Marxist ideology and propaganda from August 19, 2013 to February 23, 2020.

We should admit that the theme is in itself particularly interesting,

Xi argues that Chinese should be confident in “the excellent traditional Chinese culture nurtured by the Chinese nation’s 5,000 years of civilized history.” However, this culture should be interpreted taking “Marxism as the guide.” Not all is acceptable in Chinese traditions, and Xi’s idea is to filter them and keep only what is compatible with Marxism. The “charm of Chinese culture” should be used in international propaganda, to spread a gentle image of the CCP as part of its “soft power.” However, the content of the propaganda should be and remain Marxism.

Xi clarifies that, contrary to certain accusations, Marxist ideology and propaganda are not ancillary to modern Chinese geopolitical goals. Actually, it is the other way round. The main aim of the CCP is “the long-term development of Marxist propaganda and ideological work.” If they are not at the center of CCP activities, something is wrong. Some, Xi notes, believe that today the main battlefield is the Internet. They are right, and “the Internet is at the forefront of the current ideological struggle.” However, Internet should be used to spread the Marxist ideology, and the medium should not change the message.

China, Xi writes, “is red, and this color cannot be diluted. It is necessary to tell the stories of the party, the revolution, the origin, the stories of heroes and martyrs, strengthen revolutionary tradition education, patriotic education, and youth ideological and moral education, and carry on the red gene to ensure that the red country will never change its color.”

“Insist on historical materialism,” Xi suggests, mandating that “the whole party must strengthen the study and application of Marxist philosophy, strive to use Marxist philosophy as a housekeeping skill, and improve the ability to use Marxist positions, viewpoints, and methods to analyze and solve problems. As an important part of Marxist philosophy, historical materialism is a science about the general laws of the development of human society.” Moreover, the application of historical materialism to China should be made through the writings of Chairman Mao, which nobody is authorized to overlook or discard.

An interesting part of the book deals with literature and the arts. Once again following the Marxist tradition, Xi ridicules the Western ideas that art and literature are autonomous. On the contrary, “it is the bounden duty of literary and art workers to serve the people,” and “the people’s” will is interpreted by the Communist Party.“ The Party’s leadership, writes Xi, is the fundamental guarantee for the development of socialist literature and art, and it is necessary to strengthen and improve the party’s leadership over literature and art work.

In other chapters, Xi explains that the same applies to history and social science. Those who believe that they are employed by institutions and universities to produce “objective” history or sociology for fellow academics do not understand “socialist core values.” Sociology and history, too, are “tools for ideology and propaganda.”

Unnecessary to say, for journalists and all who work in the media “adhere to the correct political direction is the first priority.” They “must firmly adhere to the principle of party spirit, firmly adhere to the Marxist outlook on news, firmly adhere to the principle of correct orientation of public opinion, and firmly promote positive publicity of the Party.”

One sure way to incur Xi’s wrath is to claim that dialectical materialism, the historical core of Marxism, is outdated. Those who renounce dialectical materialism may even, Marx forbid, fall prey of a spiritualist worldview. “It is necessary, Xi reminds his readers, to learn and master the principle that the world is unified by matter, and matter determines consciousness.” Rather than discussing it, “we must continue to accept the nourishment of Marxist philosophical wisdom, and more consciously adhere to and apply the dialectical materialist world outlook and methodology.”

Xi clarifies that all Chinese should know, study, and advertise Karl Marx’s and Friedrich Engels’ Manifesto of the Communist Party, where the materialist conception of history was first presented in 1848. “The publication of the ‘Communist Manifesto,’ Xi explains, is a great event in the history of human thought. The ‘Communist Manifesto’ is the first great work to comprehensively expound the principles of scientific socialism, and erect a monument of Marxist spirit. Once the ‘Communist Manifesto’ was published, it promoted the development of world socialism in practice and profoundly changed the course of human history. Today, when we study the ‘Communist Manifesto,’ we want to apply the scientific principles and scientific spirit contained in the ‘Communist Manifesto’ to the practice of mastering great struggles, great projects, great undertakings, and great dreams.” 

Still alive and kicking in China: Marx and Engels monument in Berlin.

Xi speaks often of a “new era” for China, but he clarifies here that “in the new era, Chinese Communists still have to learn Marxism, learn and practice Marxism, and continuously draw scientific wisdom and theoretical strength from it. We must persist in using Marxism to observe, interpret and lead the era.”

We also live in a globalized world, and the great challenge for the CCP is finding ways to “influence international public opinion,” and induce international media to paint China and its Communist Party “with warmer colors.” It seems an impossible task, in a world where dialectical materialism and Communism are not exactly popular.

On the other hand, Xi Jinping’s international propaganda has been successful on one aspect. It has persuaded naïve politicians all over the world that China is “no longer Communist”—even if Xi’s books produced for domestic consumption devote hundreds of pages to claim the contrary.

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