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Meet the Christian Rockers Taking China by Storm


Young American Christians are probably familiar with contemporary Christian bands, like Kutless and Hillsong United. Less familiar is Rainbow, a band formed in 2012. These Christian musicians are taking China by storm.

Chinese Millennials love rock 'n' roll music. It's not new to China, but rock is growing in popularity among young Chinese. 

Uncle Bing is Rainbow's lead singer. Few people knew about the group at that time, but a national talent show rocketed them to stardom. 

"When I created the band, I shared the ideas with a few friends," he told CBN News. "They started to look for other talents to make the band more special. Today, our members have taken the band to a new level. It's beyond what I ever imagined." 

Traveling from city to city, each band member experienced many  difficult and lonely nights away from families and friends. Then, they found someone special. 

"Money used to keep me busy, and I barely had time for anything else. Exhaustion and traveling were part of my life. Until I found Jesus, everything changed for all of us. This is what glued us together," said Bing. 

Eventually, it inspired them to change their music to contemporary Christian rock. They are now using their music to share Christ's love with young Chinese rock fans.

"There are many forms to show passion to Jesus -- could be literature, or art, even music. We want young people today to experience something new and trendy about God," Uncle Bing said. 

Their fans are attracted to the new music style unknown to most Chinese. 

"I am so glad their music is different. It's like they are telling many stories and hear all those miracles. This is something I've never experienced before," said one Chinese music fan." 

While secular rock music is popular,  Rainbow  believes Christian rock can win many followers. The challenge is how to share biblical stories in their music. 

"How would you tell the story of David and Goliath in music? As a Christian band, we need to use some type of creative ways to show what we are singing for, what we are living for," Uncle Bing explained. "The word love is being distorted today by secular music. Christian music can change this."

Xu Li, Rainbow's bass player, has been with the band since the beginning and wrote some of their songs. As a new Christian, she is very proud of what they've accomplished. Most importantly, she is grateful God gave her more than she imagined. 

"Some of the words from our songs are from our prayers," she shared. "They are not fancy. I feel God could hear our prayers, even when we are singing. We encourage our fans to do the same. God listens to us all the time." 

Their humble attitude encouraged one another.

Li Yong Ge, the drummer of the band, said,  "We are not perfect. We just want to follow God. Wherever He leads us, we will be there!" 

Today, Rainbow is traveling nationwide in China. They are trusting God for greater success and praying they could reach more Chinese with their message.  

"We won't stop," he vowed. "Our lives belong to God. Our talents belong to God. Our music is from God."

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