However serious our misgivings about present-day American Christianity, we should be encouraged by numerous promising developments at home, and take heart over spiritual advances in a number of foreign countries as well.

In Korea, for example, the Yung Nak Church in Seoul recently raised $530,000 in one special missionary offering. At its three Sunday services attendance averages between 8,000 and 9,000 persons; of these more than 1,000 are university students. Each month the church adds about seventy families to its ranks.

The scene in Indonesia is spectacular. Just before the onset of the seventies, 250,000 Indonesians turned to Christ, many of them in an explicit repudiation of Communism. A major Graham evangelistic crusade is projected there for 1972. In Central Java, church membership has tripled from 30,000 to 100,000 over a six-year span; some churches still almost double their numbers annually.

In Hong Kong, a communications center to train Chinese students in newspaper, radio, and television techniques is operated by. Timothy Hu, whose journalistic gifts have been unsuccessfully wooed by numerous secular enterprises. Promoting a venturesome witness where freedom of information prevails, Hu is also readying a gospel witness that cannot easily be suppressed when atheistic dictators uproot churches and shut down Christian schools and hospitals.

Battle-torn Laos, long one of the most impenetrable Buddhist pockets in Asia, numbers only 25,000 Christians among its three million people. But these relatively few Christians now have ready for printing an improved translation of the New Testament in their national language.

Christians often suffer violent hostility or costly persecution at the behest of totalitarian tyrants. Sooner ...

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