19And there came to him his mother and brethren, and they could not come at him for the crowd. 20And it was told him, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. 21But he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these that hear the word of God, and do it.
A protestant believer originally from Russia shared with Dr. Baedeker the great persecution his family had to endure because of their faith in Jesus, not from the government or State church but from a merciless mob led by neighbors and even more sadly, an enemy within; his very own brother.
Plunged into a baptism of suffering, even family members turn against one another. But even so, the Chinese church grows silently in the face of persecution.