This documentary, The Cross: Jesus in China, portrays the little known history of a remarkable people; it is the turbulent 50 year history of Chinese Christians on screen!
For the first time, the history of Christianity in China, especially within the House-Church movement, is given in an honest and comprehensive account. The film answers the question raised by many people outside China: how did the number of Chinese Christians increase from 700,000 in 1949 to approximately 70 million today despite communist control?
Using live footage and interviews, the film captures the true stories of many people and seeks to answer the most common questions: how does the Chinese government deal with Chinese Christians and vice-vice-versa? How have Chinese Christians developed, survived and grown? What kind of people are they and what influence have they had and will they have on Chinese society?
The documentary film consists of three episodes and one short subject. It lasts about four hours.
Seeds of Blood
Follows the bloody footprints of the Chinese missionaries of the older generation after the Boxer Rebellion, particularly in the past fifty years. This episode tells the stories of Mingdao Wang, John Sung, Watchman Nee, Allen Yuan, Samuel Lamb, Moses Xie, Yang Xinfei, and Epaphras.
The Bitter Cup
Abounds with compelling testimonies by missionaries of the younger generation. Their dedication, suffering, faithfulness, and thanksgiving have led to an unprecedented revival of the Chinese Christian Church.
The Spring of Life
Recounts the rebirth that the Gospel has brought to a broad spectrum of people in modern China. Included are testimonies from farmers, students, officials, criminals, orphans, actors, writers, scientists, and entrepreneurs.
The Canaan Hymns
Tells the amazing story of a farm girl, Xiaomin. A high school dropout with no musical training, yet by the power of the Holy Spirit, she created more than one thousand hymns.
Cross: Jesus in China has been translated into 18 languages and has recently been selected as material for a "Faith and Globalization" seminar conducted by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Yale University.
The Cross-Jesus in China Four episodes (4 Hours) Copyright ©2003
Languages: Chinese, English, French, German narration; Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish subtitles