Third Samuel Pollard Thoughts Seminar Summary

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Third Samuel Pollard Thoughts Seminar Rounded Off in Beijing

The third Samuel Pollard Thoughts Seminar was held in Beijing on Oct 22 and 23 themed with Shimencan and rural construction.

The first session of the seminar was held under the theme of carrying forward Samuel Pollard Thoughts. The theme of the second session was the education thoughts of Samuel Pollard.

The third Samuel Pollard Thoughts Seminar was hosted by Shenzhen Pollard Shimenkan Education Public Foundation, inviting more than 30 specialists and experts of different fields such as public welfare institutions and rural construction.

On the morning of Oct 22, the specialists and experts had a broad discussion on the spirits of Samuel Pollard and the case of Shimencan in
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Rural areas are faced with many crises and challenges, including water pollution and talent drain. Spiritual desolation is the biggest problem.

Samuel Pollard built the savage and wild Shimencan into a place of high-level civilization within 10 years. We should follow his example and promote the rural construction especially in terms of civilization and belief.

Su Xiaohe, a financial commentator, said that Samuel Pollard is a symbol of service. He lived with the farmers in Shimenkan and died there. He was even abused by some local people after his death. His experience was similar to that of Jesus. Jesus was born in the manger and served people in the world. However, people nailed him to the cross and abused him.

Liu Junning from Institute of Chinese Culture said that what impressed him most was the humility of Samuel Pollard. He was equal to everyone. He has no sense of superiority on belief and identity, which is worth learning for Christians in China.

He Weifang, a law professor from Peking University said that missionaries made great contributions to the higher education in modern China. Meanwhile he said with regret and pity: “We have played down the
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Belief can change their life by arousing their power of love, creation and service.

The heory and practice of rural Christian church construction in China

Liu Jiafeng, a professor from Shandong University, made a speech Theory and Practice of Rural Christian Church Construction in China. He studies the relationship between Christianity and the modern history of China.

Professor Liu said that the rural construction conducted by Christian churches in China is a response to the crisis in rural areas during the 1920’s and 1930’s. At that time, a global rural construction campaign started by Christianity has a profound influence on the development of Christianity in China.

Professor Liu said that the rural construction conducted by Christianity has made great contributions to the development of high education, agriculture and security in China’s rural areas.

However, these contributions were not the ultimate goal of the rural construction. The Christian church was aimed at building a Christian rural society in China.

Rural construction was a new practice of evangelism, which was not accepted by the conservative Evangelical

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