Monday, April 10, 2006
This old man was the first in line to be baptized. A careful record is kept of every person baptized in the Three Self Patriotic Movement Church (TSPM). What are the three selfs? Self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating. The pastor is trained at one of 18 seminaries run by the Chinese Christian Council under the central government's authority. Protestant Christianity is one of the five recognized religions in China. There is only one church n my city, and very few in the countryside. I didn't get to go. Four-year-olds have to go to the children's room, so Lady doesn't take me. After all, I am just a little dog, and I can't read the hymn book!