An excerpt from Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
Saturday morning Ben and Quan worked repairing the chicken coop. It was unseasonably warm for early November. Ben wasn’t a skilled laborer, but he was actually enjoying learning some skills that didn’t involve high finances, budget projections, and long-term strategies. The men spoke of old classmates, dorm buddies, and campus escapades, uncovering a flood of pleasant memories that had long lain dormant.
Ming brought out a tray with water and biscuits for the men. While seated under the ginkgo, they talked and laughed a half hour.
“Li Quan is not ...
Alcorn supports the persecuted church around the world through his organization Eternal Perspective Ministries. In spite of the image the Chinese government portrays, Alcorn has found that the Chinese have very limited religious freedom. In fact, a recent Newsweek article reported that Chinese communists demolished approximately 1,500 houses of worship in just six months (“The Changing Face of the Church,” April 16, 2001).
I have very mixed feelings about the Beijing Olympics. I’m glad because it will put China under the greatest world scrutiny it’s been under in modern times. Since China is extraordinarily image conscious, this may restrain the hand of persecution against believers. Whether or not it does, it will certainly result in the gospel being brought into China, because every Christian athlete, coach, trainer, and support personnel can bring in a gospel witness and many will bring in Chinese gospel literature. They won’t have as much freedom to go about the countryside as with many Olympics, but ...
- Sun, Feb 07, 2010
Without a doubt, in terms of their global impact the two most significant countries on the planet are China and the United States. As recent events have shown, the countries have a profoundly uneasy relationship. Safely Home is a tale of two countries, embodied in two men, Ben Fielding and Li Quan. These characters and their families came alive for me, and I pray they will for readers too.