David not only met with hundreds of pastors in the various groups but also visited many of their underground training centers. This one pictured is typical of the hand dug very basic and truly underground centers. This took 18 months to carve out the main meeting room along with two small sleeping rooms for the men and women. Incredibly, 60 pastors and Bible students would study for 16 hours a day, 7 days a week for 30 days at a time.
Ultimately, not only were hundreds of thousands of Bibles provided but David had a special heart and burden to assist servants of God who were in prison for the Gospel. In consultation with the leadership of the various groups, they decided that they would endeavor to provide every family of an imprisoned pastor with $50 per month as long as the pastor was in prison. It was an enormous undertaking as in early 2000, there were hundreds of pastors in prison.
David would return from China greatly burdened for the large numbers of suffering servants of God. Again, in God’s grace, the Lord opened the door to connect David with Larry Burkett. When Larry learned of the plight of the suffering servants of God in China, he marched David down the hall at his office in Gainesville, Georgia and recorded a series of radio broadcasts. Larry told his listening audience that he wanted them to send in $50 each to support one family for one month. When the first five-minute broadcast aired, within 3 days, 6,600 individuals stepped up to give a total of $330,000.
God had used Larry and his faithful audience to answer the prayers of the suffering saints in China. This aid brought incredible encouragement to the church in China and further fueled their advance of the Gospel.