Pastor Li need our Prayers

Do you recall how the members and pastors of Early Rain Church in Chengdu, Sichuan, were arrested and the church raided in December 2018?.

Pastor Wang Yi, founder of Early Rain Church, is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence. The location where the congregation used to meet has since been demolished and all future gatherings have been banned. Despite these measures, church members sought alternative ways to continue meeting for worship and to share the message of the Gospel.

On October 11th, Xuewei Jia was taken for interrogation because he participated in a retreat service. According to his social media account, he was forced into a van, verbally abused, and interrogated for eight hours before being allowed to return home.

Li Yingqiang, an elder of Early Rain Covenant Church, and fellow church member, Xiao Luobiao were participating in an online worship session when their home was raided on the morning of October 25th. Both Pastor Li and Xiao were detained until afternoon. Pastor Li was forced to delete all tweets from his Twitter account and ordered to remove the listed names of all his followers.

Although Pastor Li and his family moved away from Chengdu to Leshan, which is about 180 kilometres away, the harassment continued and the lease he signed for the rental of his current home was ordered to be rescinded. He is once again forced to leave his home.

Pastor Li has requested for prayer, “May the Lord provide us a place…(helping) us lean on His grace and guidance as we take each step…so we can bear witness to His justice and mercy.”

Please pray that the Lord will provide Pastor Li and family with protection and a safe new home to live in. Pray that as they wait for God’s leading, they will be filled with renewed strength and encouragement to face daily challenges.

Pray also for the other members of Early Rain Covenant Church during this season of heightened persecution, including the imprisoned Pastor Wang Yi. While praising God for their unwavering faith in the midst of difficulty, continue to prayerfully uphold them so that they will have the courage and resolve to remain obedient to our King.

Pray that God, in His abundant mercy, will touch the hearts of His opposers, in hopes that they too will walk in the love and salvation of Christ.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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