Source: The Economist.
“YOU see: the more persecution, the more the church grows,” said Pastor Samuel Lamb in 1993. Before he was jailed for 20 years in 1958, fewer than 400 worshippers attended his underground church, Damazhan. When he returned to his pulpit, the congregation grew to 900. It swelled still more, to 1,200, after 1990, when the authorities tried to close down his church. After that, his following and influence kept waxing.