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Editors note: These urgent prayer updates (below) are directly from Early Rain Covenant Church seeking prayer and help from the watching world, especially followers of Christ. At the time of this post, there are 32 updates, ranging from December 9, 2018 to March 24, 2019. Special thanks to Brent Pinkall for translating these updates and helping make them available to the public. Please pray and share with others.

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秋雨教会32
Early Rain Covenant Church Prayer Update #32

“Church member Gou Zhongcan, with whom we lost contact while he was visiting a friend in Zhejiang on March 15th, was seen on March 18th at the Hangzhou East Train Station being escorted by multiple plainclothes police officers. His head was shaved and he was handcuffed. We do not know where he was being taken.

Brother Gou used to be a reporter. When he was 23 years old, he was imprisoned for ten years for writing an article about human rights. While in prison, he was greatly tormented. He called out to God in the midst of his despair. After he was released, he came to our church and became a member. Here he found true freedom in Christ and in the gospel. May God protect him in the midst of this tribulation. May the Lord surround him with steadfast love and give him heavenly peace!

For the past few days, brothers and sisters have been forcefully evicted from their homes and spoken to by police and national security officers. Some families are still being monitored and followed 24/7. Brother Liang Huali, brother Dai Zhichao, and Elder Li Zihu were sent back to their hometowns after being released on bail pending trial. Brother Gou and brother Pan have been imprisoned again. Eleven leaders, staff, and other members still remain in criminal detention. One sister remains in administrative detention. Many of our brothers and sisters are suffering for the gospel, ‘bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!’

We are thankful for all of the churches and brothers and sisters who continue to pray for us and for all of the authorities in power, for God desires all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. May we wait patiently together for the coming of the Lord. ‘See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.’ May we plant our roots into this soil together and bear fruit!

Early Rain Covenant Church
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019″


秋雨教会31

Early Rain Covenant Church Prayer Update #31

“We have yet to learn anything new about brother Pan Fei, who went missing on March 4th.

Yesterday evening (March 15th), brother Gou Zhongcan also went missing while visiting a friend in Hangzhou. The landlord of the place where he was temporarily living heard from a neighbor that police took him away. The landlord tried going there to check things out but was prevented by a security guard. When the landlord went back there today, nobody was in the apartment. Brother Gou’s clothes were still there, but his cell phone and computer were gone. The desktop computer in the room, which belonged to the landlord, had also been taken.

Every day there are new reports of landlords putting great pressure on brothers and sisters to move out of their homes.

Moreover, this week we have seen and heard that we are not the only ones suffering. Many children have become ill because of contaminated school food, and their parents have also been treated poorly. Some have even suffered physical harm.

‘I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…”Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”’ (Ps. 91:2, 14-15)

May the Lord, through his word, comfort the children of God who are suffering humiliation and hardship with Christ. May he make them firm in their faith. As they have no physical freedom, may they worship the triune God in spirit and in truth, looking to and relying on the Lord’s grace and salvation. And may God have mercy on Chengdu and on the people who live here. May he save those who, in the midst of their despair, turn to him seeking hope.

Early Rain Covenant Church
Saturday, March 16, 2019”


秋雨圣约教会代祷信30号

Early Rain Covenant Church Prayer Update #30

“‘Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.’ (Lk. 22:31-32)

Our brother Pan Fei has been missing for four days now (92 hours). The last time we heard news from him was at around 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4th (the first day of his new job). He stopped going to work beginning on the following Tuesday morning. We have visited his apartment multiple times to look for him but to no effect. We have not been able to contact him.

Since the ‘5/12’ persecution, brother Pan Fei has been arrested and taken to the police station multiple times. Throughout the ‘12/9’ persecution, his home has been illegally searched, and he has been detained and interrogated. He was forced to move to a new apartment, after which he has still regularly been visited and harassed by community officers. Even local police have frequently entered his home to ‘enforce the law.’ Earlier this year, authorities pressured the Yonghui Supermarket to fire him. Then, on the second day of his new job, he strangely disappeared from the sight of his colleagues, friends, and fellow Christians.

In the past, when brother Pan Fei would encounter harassment and persecution, he would ask his brothers and sisters to pray for him. But he has not sent any messages since disappearing four days ago. We are concerned that brother Pan Fei is being targeted for his faith. We pray fervently for this lamb who has been captured and separated from the Lord Jesus Christ’s flock. May God’s Spirit be with him and protect his body and soul!

Early Rain Covenant Church
Friday, March 8, 2019”

Attached: 
“List of Christians Imprisoned or Missing Throughout the ‘12/9’ Persecution

Number of those in criminal detention: 12
Number of those in administrative detention: 10
Number of those missing: 1

Those in criminal detention (12):

  1. Pastor Wang Yi (inciting to subvert state power, in secret detention)
    2. Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (inciting to subvert state power, 12/10/18, in secret detention) 
    3. Elder Li Yingqiang (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)
    4. Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
    5. Elder Su Bingsen (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)
    6. Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
    7. Sister Li Xiaofeng (illegal business operations)
    8. Brother Zhang Guoqing (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 2/24/19)
    9. Brother Liang Huali (illegal business operations)
    10. Brother Ding Shuqi (originally lost contact for a long time, now we have confirmed that he has been detained)
    11. Brother Dai Zhichao (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)
    12. Elder Li Zihu (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)

Those in administrative detention (10):

  1. Brother Zhang Jianqing (detained for 14 days, this is his second time in detention)
    2. Sister Yu Zhixue (detained for 14 days, this is her second time in detention)
    3. Brother Hou Hongen (detained for 14 days)
    4. Brother Luo Zhipeng (detained for 14 days)
    5. Sister Yang Duli (detained for 14 days)
    6. Brother Zhu Xiaoguang (detained for 14 days, this is his second time)
    7. Brother Zhang Guanya (detained for 14 days)
    8. Brother Huang Guangtai (detained for 14 days)
    9. Brother Zhang Qi (detained for 14 days)
    10. Brother Tang Chunliang (beaten by police, condition unknown, detained for 14 days)

Those who are missing (1):

  1. Brother Pan Fei”

 


秋雨教会29
Early Rain Covenant Church Prayer Update #29

“‘Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.’ (1 Cor. 16:13-14)

Early Rain Covenant Church deacon and Christian journalist Zhong Guoqing has been missing for a number of days. Today we learned that authorities have placed him in criminal detention on charges of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble.’ He is being held at the Chengdu City Detention Center.

After the ‘12/9’ persecution began, brother Zhang Guoqing was paced under house arrest by authorities at his home and cut off from the outside world. A while ago, Brother Guoqing wrote an article about Pastor Wang Yi’s wife Jiang Rong titled ‘Jiang Rong Is a Woman of Talent and Virtue.’ After publishing this article, brother Guoqing went straight to the police station, bringing with him a bag he had prepared to take into prison. On February 24th, Pastor Wang Yi’s nearly 74-year-old mother was humiliated and violently beaten by officer Zhang Junhu (officer ID: 075557) of the Wang Jiaguai police station. Brother Guoqing, spurred by his conscience and his journalistic instincts, published an article condemning these abominable acts. He then disappeared until we received news about him being charged with ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble.’

Day after day throughout this persecution, brothers and sisters have been persecuted by authorities in ways that no ordinary person could endure. They have been harassed, beaten, humiliated, and locked up without cause. They have been monitored, followed, and threatened 24/7. Authorities have broken down their doors and barged into their homes. They have been visited, photographed, and warned every day. They have been called to the police station at random for questioning. Authorities have pressured landlords and employers, causing these Christians to lose their jobs and their homes. They have been forced to move back to their hometowns. The list goes on.

According to incomplete statistics gathered through contacting those whom we could contact (this is only the tip of the iceberg), more than three hundred people have been unlawfully taken to the police station. Eight Christian families have lost their homes. The employers of ten Christians have been spoken to and pressured by authorities. Two of these Christians have lost their jobs. Around one hundred Christians have been sent back to their hometowns. Nine Christians have been beaten by police from the Caojiaxiang Police Station, the Taisheng Road Police Station, the Xiyuhe Police Station, and the Jianshe Road Police Station. Nine Christians have been verbally or physically humiliated. For example, brother Wang was slapped in the face by officers from the Caojiaxiang Police Station and severely injured and humiliated multiple times by officers from the Jianshe road Police Station; sister Tang, who is nursing, was beaten for around twelve hours by police from the Caojiaxiang Police Station while holding her child in her arms. Police have forcefully separated two nursing mothers from their children for more than six hours. A total of eight nursing mothers have been locked up. More than thirty children under fourteen years old have been locked up at the police station (on average, they were locked up for more than eight hours, the longest time being seventy-two hours; the youngest child was not yet one year old).

Of the twenty-five Christians who have been placed in criminal detention, twelve still remain locked up. Of the twenty-three Christians placed in administrative detention, eleven remain locked up. One person has disappeared.

The twelve Christians in criminal detention:

  1. Pastor Wang Yi (inciting to subvert state power, 12/9/18, in secret detention)
    2. Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (inciting to subvert state power, 12/10/18, in secret detention) 
    3. Elder Li Yingqiang (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 12/11/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    4. Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
    5. Elder Su Bingsen (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 12/15/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    6. Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations, 12/9/18)
    7. Sister Li Xiaofeng (illegal business operations, 12/9/18)
    8. Brother Liang Huali (illegal business operations, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    9. Brother Ding Shuqi (originally lost contact for a long time, now we have confirmed that he has been detained)
    10. Brother Dai Zhichao (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 12/19/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    11. Elder Li Zihu (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 12/12/18)
    12. Brother Zhang Guoqing (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 2/24/19)

The eleven Christians in administrative detention:

  1. Brother A-Xin (2/24/19, detained for 10 days)
    2. Brother Zhang Jianqing (2/24/19, detained for 14 days)
    3. Sister Yu Zhixue (2/24/19, detained for 14 days)
    4. Brother Hou Hongen (2/24/19, detained for 14 days)
    5. Brother Luo Zhipeng (2/24/19, detained for 14 days)
    6. Sister Yang Duli (2/24/19, detained for 14 days)
    7. Brother Zhu Xiaoguang (2/24/19, detained for 14 days)
    8. Brother Zhang Guanya (2/24/19, detained for 14 days)
    9. Brother Huang Guangtai (2/24/19, detained for 14 days)
    10. Brother Zhang Qi (2/24/19, detained for 14 days)
    11. Brother Tang Chunliang (2/24/19, beaten by police, condition unknown, detained for 14 days)

The one who has gone missing:

Brother Yang Jian (2/24/19, possibly placed in administrative detention for 10 days, but we have received no notice; his family has visited the detention center and could not find him)

Please pray for those brothers and sisters who are locked up and for those who are being continually monitored and mercilessly harassed. Ask that they would rely on the Lord for strength, endurance, and faithfulness and that they would not lose hope in the gospel! May we look to the one who gave his life for us, who redeemed us, who rose from the dead, who ascended into heaven, and who will come again in glory—the Lord Jesus Christ!

Ask the Lord to help us to love our enemies as the Lord Jesus loved us and to pray for those who are persecuting us!

Please pray for those police officers, community officers, employers, and landlords who are doing their duties, that they would act according to their consciences and the law. Those who do their duties while violating the law and their consciences will fall into the pits they have dug and will get caught in the snares they have laid.

Early Rain Covenant Church
Saturday, March 2, 2019”


秋雨教会28
Early Rain Covenant Church Prayer Update #28

“On February 24th, church members who have experienced many setbacks throughout the ‘12/9’ persecution still came together full of joy to worship God during his Sabbath. Police, however, surrounded multiple homes holding gatherings and either knocked on their doors or entered. At two home gatherings, everyone there was detained after the meeting ended. They then waited for the police bus to arrive. Everyone, including Christian children, elderly people, and pregnant women, was taken away by police, and their phones were seized.

Brother A-Xin, a translator, after hearing about children, elderly people, and pregnant women being arrested at home gatherings and about Wang Yi’s 74-year-old mother being insulted and beaten, took up his pen and began writing furiously. In the evening, he was arrested at his home by nearly ten police officers.

By 8:00 p.m. last night, 44 members had been arrested during the ‘2/24’ Sabbath raids. Of those arrested, 11 were children. The youngest to be detained and taken to the police station was a little more than two months old. Tang Chunliang and his wife were hit in the face by a plainclothes police officer at the police station. Some, including children, did not eat anything. Some were not released until 2:00 a.m. Tired children slept on ice-cold tables and floors. Others were not released until 6:00 a.m.

At the moment, we have confirmed that at least 11 people have been placed in administrative detention. They include the following:

Brother A-Xin (detained for 10 days)
Brother Zhang Jianqing (detained for 14 days)
Sister Yu Zhixue (detained for 14 days)
Brother Zhu Xiaoguang (detained for 14 days)
Brother Hou Hongen (detained for 14 days)
Brother Luo Zhipeng (detained for 14 days)
Sister Yang Duli (detained for 14 days)
Brother Zhang Guanya (detained for 14 days)
Brother Huang Guangtai (detained for 14 days)
Brother Tang Chunliang (detained for 14 days)
Brother Yang Jian (detained for 10 days)

Today, brothers and sisters are still being taken from their homes. New situations are developing at the time of the writing of this letter. Multiple families are being threatened and their homes searched.

Early Rain Covenant Church
February 25, 2019″


 秋雨教会27
Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #27

“The nearly 70-year-old mother of Pastor Wang Yi was beaten and injured by an officer from the Wangjiaguai Police Station while she was running errands this morning.

While the elderly woman was withdrawing money at the bank, this officer came up and tried peaking at her PIN. When she refused to show him, he got in a rage. He viciously insulted her and pulled the elderly woman’s hair. The bank security guard stopped him as he beat the elderly woman. He loudly berated the security guard and said, ‘I’m enforcing the law!’ Then he continued the violence and kicked the elderly woman with his foot. Another police officer kept the elderly woman from hitting back.

May God be with Pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong as they are locked up. May God comfort them during their time in prison. May the Lord keep their mother and child from grief and pain as they experience daily insults and cruel treatment. May God send down his Spirit to heal and comfort the soul of this elderly woman.

The director of the Wangjiaguai Police Station promised to take care of the situation and demanded that the grandmother not publicly share the name and ID number of this police officer. We will wait for now. If this is not dealt with according to the law, we believe God will certainly judge them.

Especially pray for the director of the Wangjiaguai Police Station and for this police officer. They also have mothers, wives, and children. Ask the Lord to awaken their consciences!

The Lord Jesus Christ came to die on the cross for sinners. God loves the world! No man’s sin is so great that he cannot be saved through the redemption of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Early Rain Covenant Church
February 24, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #26 (February 22, 2019)

“Mrs. Su’s children hug her and cry as they experience the great pain of being forced to move again.”

 

“At 8:40 p.m. on Feb. 22, the wife of elder Su Bingsen, one of the Christians imprisoned under the ‘12/9’ persecution, along with their four children, experienced increased pressure by authorities as their landlord forced Mrs. Su to move out of her home, breaking the promise she had previously made when they signed their contract.

This is already the second time this suffering family has experienced the pain of being forced to move. Mrs. Su’s children embraced her and wept continually. Each time they are evicted, they find a new place to live. Then, after they’ve spent a few days adapting to their new home, police and national security come to their door and, through various methods, drive the family out of their home again.

Police and national security told Mrs. Su that elder Su Bingsen’s doctoral degree is not related to his registered residence in Chengdu, and none of their children has a hukou. Therefore, as illegal residents, they are being denied residency.

They had just signed a contract with their landlord for the place where they are currently living. The day before yesterday, their landlord received a notice from the police station and told Mrs. Su that she would not comply with the requests of the police and national security. Mrs. Su then told her children about the landlord’s keeping her word. But this evening, the landlord tore up their agreement. The children cannot understand or accept what is happening. They have just arrived at their new home, and now they must move out again. As these children are growing up, they do not feel the sense of belonging that children this age ought to feel in their homes. Heartbroken, they hugged their mother and wept.

Pray that God would have mercy on these children and on Mrs. Su as they deal with these circumstances. Ask the Holy Spirit to be with them and to be a lamp unto their feet, lighting the path that lies before them. Ask the Lord Christ to manifest his power, lighting a fire on this cold winter night that would warm their bodies and melt the frozen hearts of those trapped in darkness.

Early Rain Covenant Church
February 22, 2019

Caption: Mrs. Su’s children hug her and cry as they experience the great pain of being forced to move again.


Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #25 (January 27, 2019)

“On the evening of the 25th, family members of those in prison, including Li Bing, the wife of Deacon Ge Yingfeng, Zhang Xinyue, the wife of Elder Li Yingqiang, and Xiao Hongliu, the wife of Elder Qin Defu, discovered that the bank cards they have been using for daily necessities were all frozen by the bank. After inquiring of various people and being sent all over the place, they finally learned that the cards were frozen by the Qingyang District branch of the Chengdu Public Security Bureau. The bank did not issue documents regarding the freezing and did not explain to their clients the reasons for it. Instead, they asked the clients themselves to go ask the department that froze the cards.

Spring Festival is almost here. Did they not freeze the bank accounts of family members at this time in order to intentionally keep these people from celebrating Spring Festival in peace? Members of the Body, please pray about the ramifications of this and for each of the family members as they talk with relevant departments to try to take care of this. Please hold up these family members going through difficulties in your prayers as they look to the Lord who provides for us! And ask God to protect law enforcement officers from being controlled by the evil powers of the air and to preserve the remnants of their consciences!

Early Rain Covenant Church
January 27, 2019”

 


Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #24 (January 24, 2019)

“The coming of the [lunar] new year has not kept the persecution from slowing down. As people welcome the approaching new year, our brothers and sisters are still continually being thrown in prison.

At 10:00 p.m. yesterday (1/23), police from the Chengdu Cao Shi Road Police Station took away sister Zhang Xiaohong and immediately placed her in criminal detention at the Chengdu City Detention Center. Brothers and sisters, please pray for sister Zhang Xiaohong, asking God to comfort her and her family and asking the Holy Spirit to be with them.

Early Rain Covenant Church 
January 24, 2019”

List of Early Rain Covenant Church Christians with whom we have lost contact or who have been put in jail throughout the “12/9” persecution:

“List of those in criminal detention (24 people, 9 have already been released on bail pending trial, 15 are still in detention):

  1. Pastor Wang Yi (inciting to subvert state power, in secret detention)
    2. Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (inciting to subvert state power, 12/10/18, in secret detention) 
    3. Elder Li Yingqiang (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)
    4. Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
    5. Elder Su Bingsen (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 12/17/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    6. Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
    7. Sister Li Xiaofeng (illegal business operations)
    8. Brother Liang Huali (illegal business operations, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    9. Brother Song Enguang (illegal business operations, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center) 
    10. Brother Ding Shuqi (originally lost contact for a long time, now we have confirmed that he is being detained)
    11. Brother Dai Zhichao (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 12/19/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    12. Elder Li Zihu (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)
    13. Preacher Cao Qingen (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 12/14/18, detained at Chengdu Detention Center)
    14. Preacher Cheng Zhangchun (placed in administrative detention by authorities for 14 days on 12/15/18 on charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and transferred to criminal detention after serving his sentence, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    15. Sister Zhang Xiaohong (taken by the Cao Shi Road Police Station on 01/23/19 and placed in criminal detention, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    *16. Brother Zhu Xiaoguang (illegal business operations, 12/13/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center; 01/09/19 released on bail pending trial)
    *17. Sister Huang Yutian (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, a Christian from Chongqing, detained for visiting a sister from Early Rain; 01/13/19 released on bail pending trial)
    *18. Brother Wang Fei (picking quarrels and provoking trouble; 01/14/19 released on bail pending trial)
    *19. Brother Luo Yao ( charge unknown, 12/12/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center; 01/12/19 released on bail pending trial)
    *20. Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations; 01/11/19 released on bail pending trial)
    *21. Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations; 01/11/19 released on bail pending trial)
    *22. Sister Huang Yaling (picking quarrels and provoking trouble; 01/12/19 released on bail pending trial)
    *23. Brother Liu Yingxu (originally lost contact for a long time; 01/11/19 released on bail pending trial, after which we learned that he was locked up)
    *24. Brother Zhu Dong (charge unknown, 12/15/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center; 01/14/19 released on bail pending trial)

List of those in administrative detention (12 people, 1 has been transferred to criminal detention, 7 have completed their sentences, 4 are still in detention):

  1. Brother Wang Jun (placed in administrative detention by authorities for 14 days on 12/18/18 for worshipping outdoors; sentence completed)
    26. Brother Liu Hongliang (placed in administrative detention for 10 days on 12/17/18; sentence completed)
    27. Brother Liu Xin (placed in administrative detention for 5 days on 12/10/18; sentence completed)
    28. Brother Chen Bin (placed in administrative detention for 5 days on 12/17/18; sentence completed)
    29. Sister Li Chengju (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 01/06/19; sentence completed)
    30. Brother Zhu Hong (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 01/06/19; sentence completed)
    31. Sister Deng Keli (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 01/06/19; sentence completed)
    32. Brother Zhang Jianqing (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/13/19)
    33. Sister Yu Zhixue (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/13/19)
    34. Brother Qiu Hao (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/13/19)
    35. Sister Zhang Haiyan (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/13/19)
    *Preacher Cheng Zhangchun (placed in administrative detention on 12/15/18 for 14 days then transferred to criminal detention)

Early Rain Covenant Church
01/24/2019


December 25, 2018 AM

秋雨圣约教会紧急代祷信22号
Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #22

“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’” (Matt. 2:13-15)

Like the “White Terror” during the first Christmas, brothers and sisters of Early Rain Covenant Church, as members of the Lord Jesus, are currently walking the path that the Church’s Head once walked. Authorities are continuing to suppress Early Rain Covenant Church through everything from criminal detention, administrative detention, enforced disappearances, stalking, and financial pressure to the seizing of church property.

On Christmas Eve, the 23rd-floor sanctuary of Early Rain Covenant Church was taken over by the Chengdu Qingyang District Shuangyanjing Community Police and converted to a community police office space. Linxishu Church, a church plant of Early Rain Covenant Church, was seized by the Pidu District authorities and community police. The church property at Enyue Church, another church plant of Early Rain, was cleared out by New Tianfu District authorities. The current church spaces were privately purchased or rented. As long as the civil contract has not expired, no one is allowed to alter or cancel it without the permission of both parties. Officials and local governments have violated both the law and morality. They have stolen nearly 1000-square-feet of real estate without paying one penny.

And yet, Lord, we still praise you. Lord’s Day worship at Early Rain Covenant Church was observed in the homes of families and small groups called and set apart by the Lord, as well as other locations. Some brothers and sisters were confined to their own homes. One small-group’s worship was interrupted by police. A total of 20 people (including 8 children) were all taken to the police station. They returned peacefully to their homes the same day. Another small group was forced to change locations. Yet another was spoken to by police after the meeting ended. In these difficult circumstances, the Spirit of the Lord has been feeding, strengthening, and challenging everyone through Chapter 2 of Matthew’s Gospel and through His servants who are in the middle of these trials and tribulations.

Lord, I thank you because we have been praying about a prison ministry for a long time. We have seen your hand. One brother who has not been baptized gave the following testimony after being detained for five days: “[Even though] there were only 11 beds and 31 people living there, everyone there eagerly wanted to hear the gospel. Everyone asked me to give them my phone number. Some of them were drug dealers. They said they would contact me as soon as they got out and that they would take their wives to church. They all called me Professor and loved listening to me talk about the gospel…As long as someone was willing to speak, everyone else loved to listen. When it came time for me to leave, they didn’t want me to leave. They bought a kettle, put hot water inside of it, and wrapped it in a blanket until the evening. When evening came, they said, ‘Professor, you’re leaving and we don’t want you to leave. Let us wash your feet.’ This was such an uncommon occurrence there. Having my feet washed with warm water moved me so much.” When the sisters from the church heard this testimony, they were also deeply moved. They thought of their husbands, who are all good speakers, and realized that there are many people eager to listen to them. They knew that God had clearly sent them to the people in that place. Mrs. Su said, ‘I think we can describe this as hungering and thirsting for righteousness. Each person is longing to hear someone tell them about the gospel, to tell them about the Truth.’ Amen! You have opened the prison doors and allowed us to see your good, acceptable, and perfect will. (Rom. 12:2)

Lord, we confess our weaknesses and inabilities, our little faith, and our nervousness and anxiety while facing persecution. Forgives us in Christ and grant us more of your power, wisdom, and endurance. Let us see the wondrous, steadfast love you have shown to [us] in a besieged city. (Ps. 31:21)

Lord, even though the shepherds have been stricken and the sheep scattered, this Christmas Eve the saints of Early Rain Covenant Church heard the praises of the heavenly hosts who appeared in the sky when the Lord was born. We see the ancient cross. We have been raised from the dead and hidden in Christ. In the midst of this spiritual war, we hear Chinese churches all around the world today singing “God’s Love is in China” and “For the Cause.” Through faith we see from afar the great jubilation of the Lord’s second coming. We long for that day to come quickly! Lord, on Christmas we hear the sound of the prayers of churches everywhere, like the sound of many waters. We hear them worshipping together with all the saints in Heaven and the twenty-four elders and every creature saying loudly together, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (Rev. 5:13)

Lord, thank you. God, Immanuel, you are with your children today through your Holy Spirit. You are our God, and we are your people. Thank you for sending us to be ambassadors of the gospel for your Kingdom, for giving us the whole armor of God to wage war on this evil day against our enemies—namely, sin, the corrupt world, and demonic forces. Thank you for raising up prayer warriors from all over the world to pray for Early Rain Covenant Church and to pray for the thousands of Chinese churches being persecuted for the sake of the Lord’s name. We see what Elisha saw and cry, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” (2 Kg. 2:12)

Pray for the brothers and sisters who are locked up. Ask that the Lord would protect, strengthen and use them mightily, that they may become unique ambassadors of the Kingdom of God.

Pray for the family members and children of those who are locked up. Ask the Lord to comfort, protect, and provide for them, to be for them a husband and a father.

Pray that God would provide for the brothers and sisters in the midst of their hardships, that they would be led and comforted by the Word of God, that they would have wisdom and creativity in meeting together informally as they are prevented from meeting in the way they used to, and that they would strengthen and support each other.

Pray for the police officers, guards, and grid monitors that the brothers and sisters are encountering. Ask the Lord to awaken their consciences, to bring them out of deception, and to cause them to be drawn to and persuaded by the gospel to which the brothers and sisters are testifying.

Pray for the hearts of the authorities, officials, and executives. Ask Jehovah to manifest his righteousness to them and to forgive their ignorance. Ask God to spare them of his wrath, for in this day and age, they do not know what they are doing. Ask the Lord Christ to give them a spirit of repentance!

Early Rain Covenant Church
Tuesday (Christmas Day), December 25, 2018

List of Early Rain Covenant Church Christians with whom we have lost contact or who are being detained (12/25/18):

List of those in criminal detention (19 people):

  1. Pastor Wang Yi (inciting to subvert state power, in secret detention)
    2. Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (inciting to subvert state power, 12/10/18, in secret detention)
    3. Elder Li Yingqiang (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)
    4. Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
    5. Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
    6. Sister Li Xiaofeng (illegal business operations)
    7. Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations)
    8. Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations)
    9. Sister Huang Yaling (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)
    10. Elder Li Zihu (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)
    11. Brother Wang Fei (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)
    12. Elder Su Bingsen (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 12/17/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    13. Brother Zhu Xiaoguang (illegal business operations, 12/13/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    14. Sister Huang Yutian (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, a Christian from Chongqing, detained for visiting a sister from Early Rain)
    15. Brother Dai Zhichao (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 12/19/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    16. Brother Zhu Dong (charge unknown, 12/15/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    17. Preacher Cao Qingen (picking quarrels and provoking trouble, 12/14/18, detained at Chengdu Detention Center)
    18. Brother Liang Huali (illegal business operations, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    19. Brother Song Enguang (illegal business operations, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)
    20. Brother Luo Yao ( charge unknown, 12/12/18, detained at Chengdu City Detention Center)

List of those in administrative detention (5 people, 2 have completed their sentence):

  1. Cheng Zhangchun (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 12/15/18 on charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”)
    22. Brother Wang Jun (placed in administrative detention by authorities for 14 days on 12/18/18 for worshipping outdoors)
    23. Brother Liu Hongliang (placed in administrative detention for 10 days on 12/17/18)
    24. Brother Liu Xin (placed in administrative detention for 5 days on 12/10/18)
    25. Brother Chen Bin (placed in administrative detention for 5 days on 12/17/18)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time (2 people):

  1. Brother Liu Yingxu
  2. Brother Ding Shuqi

Early Rain Covenant Church
Morning of 12/25/18


Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #22 (Dec 22, 2018)

“As of today, 16 members of Early Rain Covenant Church have been placed by authorities in criminal detention, 4 have been placed in administrative detention, 5 have gone missing, and more than 150 have been arrested and taken to police stations for long interrogations, including pregnant women, children, and elderly people. Nearly 700 members are being monitored, followed, and threatened by community authorities and security departments of their workplaces. Two people have been beaten and suffered serious wounds. The sanctuary on the 23rd floor, the library on the 21st floor, the liberal arts college and seminary on the 19th floor, and the sanctuary and K-12 school on the 6th floor have all been ransacked and emptied.

Brother Wang Jun, while peacefully and reasonably negotiating with police, was seriously and violently attacked. His head, knees, and toes received wounds in multiple places. After the church lost its sanctuary, he, along with other brothers and sisters, worshipped Christ the Lord beside the Funan River on the Sabbath last Sunday, where he was once again detained. His child, who had just turned one year old, and his wife Tang Shuangfei were also detained. After being interrogated for more than 30 hours straight, brother Wang Jun was sentenced to 14 days in administrative detention.

On December 20th, police came again to the home of Elder Su Bingsen and searched it without a warrant, violating the privacy of other family members. Elder Su Bingsen, as well as the other pastors, elders, preachers, and members in criminal detention, have been deprived of the right to meet with an attorney. We have no way of knowing with reasonable certainty how police are treating them, whether or not they have been abused or tortured while in detention. We plead for the Lord’s mercy.

Normal gatherings at the homes of brothers and sisters are being greatly disrupted. Authorities are sending unidentified men to stand guard outside the buildings and residential areas where these homes are located. These men are following members when they go out and preventing people from visiting them. Families opening their homes for Bible studies are being greatly pressured and coerced. Police are threatening them by saying that if they open their homes again, they will immediately be placed in criminal detention on charges of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble.’

Even so, brothers and sisters are still holding fast to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Bible to not stop meeting together. They are still bravely preaching His Truth and meeting together in various forms to study the Bible and to comprehend God’s Word.

We offer up thanksgiving to God. As his church is under great assault, he is reviving multitudes of His faithful children.

Early Rain Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church
Saturday, December 22, 2018”


Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #21 (Dec 17, 2018)

“‘If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small…My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.’ (Prov. 24:10, 13)

The arrests and persecution of the church are now entering their tenth day. Suppression of brothers and sisters in the church continues. Since they could not enter the church sanctuary on the Lord’s Day of December 16th, some church members worshipped outside. Many members were confined to their homes. After arresting members on the Lord’s Day, police are still seeking to arrest the ‘organizers of the outdoor worship.’ They are continually suppressing members, not even allowing them to hold group activities outdoors. Some members were warned by police that if they gathered ‘illegally’ again, they would be placed in criminal detention. Not even two or three people are allowed to meet together.

Elder Su Bingsen was taken to the police station on December 15th and has been there for nearly 72 hours. He has yet to be released. We have confirmed that he is in criminal detention. We have heard no news regarding Preacher Cao Qingen, who was taken more than 48 hours ago on the 16th. His family members went to the police station to inquire about him. As soon as they mentioned his name, the police went into a rage and refused to provide any information. Brother Wang Jun was taken on the 16th for participating in outdoor worship. On the 18th, he refused to sign a pledge and was placed in administrative detention for 14 days. His wife and nursing child were released. As church members are being brought to the police station, their phones are being forcefully opened and inspected. Brothers and sisters are still being sought, taken away, and required to sign pledges.

This morning, seminary student Dai Zhichao was taken from his home and his family members threatened. Elder Li Yingqiang’s home was once again searched by police today. We just received word that brother Liu Hongliang, a member of the church, has been placed in criminal detention for 10 days.

We have been unable to sign in to the church Facebook account since December 11th. We have already confirmed that it is under police control, and other accounts related to it have been hacked. The persecution is starting to expand to the elders of other churches in the presbytery, including Elders Wen Hongbin and Yan Hong. Police have come to their homes and put pressure on them. Some are being followed when they leave their homes. Some are being directly forbidden by police from leaving.

We especially ask all churches praying for the brothers and sisters of Early Rain Covenant Church who are in the midst of these trials to still pray with great joy. Even though now, for a little while, we have been grieved by various trials, these trials are testing the genuineness of our faith—more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire—so that it may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Pet. 1:6-7)

May the Lord give strength to those in prison and help them to stand firm. May he give grace to those brothers and sisters who are being restricted and do not yet have freedom, that they may continue, through various means, meeting together in small-group Bible studies, having fellowship, and worshipping on the Lord’s Day.

As churches intercede on our behalf, we ask that you especially pray for those in this midst of this persecution whose faith is weak and who are afraid. Ask that neither personal failures (like signing a pledge under coercion) nor personal victories (which cause us to look down on others) become barriers in our fellowship with Jesus. May we firmly believe that all of this is covered by God in the goodness and grace of Christ and that the blood of Jesus Christ is able to cleanse us from all sin, for we have a high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses and who intercedes for us in Heaven. May the Holy Spirit help brothers and sisters to be able to taste the sweetness of the good Word of God, and may He grant joy to their souls in the midst of this tribulation.

May the Lord give faith to the deacons, elders, staff, and other brothers and sisters. Even as the darkness temporarily hides us, may we light in our hearts advent candles looking forward to the coming of Christ, causing hope, faith, joy, and peace to rise up within us. May we believe that the true light which came to this world 2000 years ago will enlighten all men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (Jn. 1:9)

A song written by a brother titled ‘Darkness has Temporarily Hidden Us’:

Tribulation stalks us, our enemies surround us,
But life continues to multiply.
Inside the walls I see the silhouettes of my beloved brothers,
Gentle and mild.
All men who resolve to be godly
Are temporarily hidden by darkness.
Coming from the same hope,
They are united and divided in this world;
They meet and then part.

O Lord, lead us like sheep into the midst of wolves,
We walk freely toward chains.
For you, too, were once given over to death
For our sins.
This faith is ever strengthened.
Before the night runs toward dawn,
See that the world is like yesterday,
Forever gone,
Fleeting like a mist.

See how all things are faintly intertwined,
Forming a Heavenly song.
Wait until the frigid winter passes, when rain is plentiful
And the past stops.

Goodness quietly encircles us;
Each day comes new comfort.
In Babylon, we remember Zion;
In a land without a Lord,
We weep and bless,
Endure and wait,
Pray and ask.

Goodness quietly encircles us;
Each day comes new comfort.
In Babylon, we remember Zion;
In a land without a Lord,
We weep and bless,

Goodness quietly encircles us;
Each day comes new comfort.
In Babylon, we remember Zion;
In a land without a Lord,
We weep and bless,
weep and bless.

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church at 2:00 a.m. on 12/19/18

Attached: List of those who have already been placed in criminal detention:

Pastor Wang Yi (incitement to subvert state power)
Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (incitement to subvert state power)
Elder Li Yingqiang (stirring up trouble)
Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
Sister Li Xiaofeng (summoned on the charge of illegal business operations; after 210 hours, we have still not received a detention notice)
Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations)
Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations)
Sister Huang Yaling (stirring up trouble)
Elder Li Zihu (stirring up trouble)
Brother Wang Fei (stirring up trouble)
Elder Su Bingsen (detention term began 12/17/18; his wife has seen the detention notice; he is being kept at the Chengdu City Detention Center)

List of those placed in administrative detention:
Cheng Zhangchun (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 12/15 on charges of “stirring up trouble”)
Brother Liu Xin (summoned on 12/10 on charges of “stirring up trouble” for posting prayer updates on Wechat and later placed under administrative detention for 5 days; on 12/16 he was set free.)
Brother Wang Jun (arrested on 12/16; placed in administrative detention on 12/15 for not signing a pledge)
Liu Hongliang (arrested on 12/16; placed in administrative detention for 10 days)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time:
Detained for more than 216 hours: Liu Yingxu, Song Enguang, Ding Shuqi, Liang Huali”


秋雨圣约教会紧急代祷信息20号
Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Request #20

“The arresting of church members has continued for over one week now. Yesterday, there was once again large-scale suppression of the Lord’s Day gathering at the church. The building entrance was full of uniformed and plainclothes police officers. Brothers and sisters in proximity of the church were all taken away. Members meeting together outside were also taken away by police, who had gotten word of the meetings. Those brothers and sisters who were taken away included nursing infants. They were not released from the police station until after 1:00 a.m. today.

None of the lawyers of those in criminal detention have been able to see their clients. They have been refused for various reasons. For example, they have been prevented on the grounds that their clients are still being interrogated. At present, the lawyer of Ge Yingfeng cannot meet with Ge Yingfeng. The lawyer of Pastor Wang Yi was also immediately prevented by public security officials from meeting with Wang Yi’s family and was later spoken to by judicial administration agencies.

Communication networks between church members have been blocked off. Cell phones are being monitored. Members are being prevented from visiting each other. When members leave their homes, they will be followed by police or community authorities. A weak sister will be monitored and followed by three to four people. May God open their hearts and let them see what they are afraid of. Brothers and sisters are continually being sought and required to sign pledges.

We have received no news regarding Elder Su Bingsen (12/15) and Preacher Cao Qingen (12/16) since they were taken away more than 24 hours ago.

The following is taken from notes written by one brother who was just released:

‘Love for police officers means accepting illegal detention at any time and joyfully walking into the interrogation room.

‘While inside, as soon as I thought about my wife and family (everyone in the church is family), I thought about us spreading the gospel in one accord. I couldn’t help but suddenly start praying out loud for them and thanking God for them. I was not afraid of anything.

‘The officer said, “Security is more important than anything.” I responded, “The value of a soul is greater.”

‘After completing the record, the officer asked, “What doctrines do you all teach?” I sat up straight and recited, “What is your only comfort in life and death? Answer: That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.”’

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church at 5:00 p.m. on 12/17/18

Attached: List of those who have already been placed in criminal detention:

Pastor Wang Yi (incitement to subvert state power)
Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (incitement to subvert state power)
Elder Li Yingqiang (stirring up trouble)
Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
Sister Li Xiaofeng (summoned on the charge of illegal business operations; after 120 hours, we still have not received a detention notice)
Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations)
Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations)
Sister Huang Yaling (stirring up trouble)
Elder Li Zihu (stirring up trouble)
Brother Wang Fei (stirring up trouble)

List of those placed in administrative detention:

Cheng Zhangchun (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 12/15 on charges of “stirring up trouble”)
Brother Liu Xin (summoned on 12/10 on charges of “stirring up trouble” for posting prayer updates on Wechat and later placed under administrative detention for 5 days; as of this morning he is free.)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time:

Detained for more than 192 hours: Liu Yingxu, Song Enguang, Ding Shuqi, Liang Huali


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #19

“The many arrests of church members that began the Lord’s Day evening of December 9th have continued for an entire week now. The Lord’s Day gathering at the church today was suppressed again. All brothers and sisters in proximity of the church sanctuary were taken away. A gathering of fifty to sixty brothers and sisters that met at a nearby park was interrupted, and three church workers leading the service were taken away by police. Some sisters took young children to a sports field at a school to bask in the sun (the husbands of some of these sisters have been criminally detained or summoned). All of them were taken by police to the police station and have not yet returned. Among them are nursing infants. 

Communication networks between church members are being blocked. Cell phones are being monitored and controlled. People are being followed, guarded, dispersed, and taken away. Brothers and sisters are not being allowed to visit and comfort each other. Two sisters who went to visit the wife of Elder Li Yingqiang were taken away by police. In addition, brother Lu Xuetao was taken by police from his home. Sister Ren Ruiting and brother Jiang Wenyu were each spoken to by police this afternoon. Seeing that we have not been able to contact many brothers and sisters, we conservatively estimate that more than 60 brothers and sisters were taken away by police today. We are grateful that some small groups were still able to find somewhere to peacefully meet and share this Lord’s Day together. 

Locks were replaced by the landlord of the church building rented by church plant Deyang Field Church. They were unable to enter. Elder Hao Ming led the brothers and sisters in regular Lord’s Day worship at the riverside. Everything was peaceful. 

Because Preacher Jiang Tian is being guarded at his home 24 hours a day, close to 30 brothers and sisters of church plant Gospel Church came to his home for worship. Soon after they began, close to 30 police officers, Domestic Security Protection Bureau officers, and Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau officers arrived, including a secretary and bureau chief. They took away Preacher Jiang Tian’s phone and hit him. They even tore up his clothes. They later searched materials in his home and tried threatening him to sign a pledge. 

In the afternoon, Preacher Cao Qingen of church plant Linxishu Church was taken away from the entrance of the church by a police car with license plate number A7303. They’ve been sitting around waiting by the church entrance for the past week. When Preacher Cao Qingen approached, a few Domestic Security Protection Bureau officers and police officers came and surrounded him. Some recorded video of him for five minutes and then made him get inside the police car and took him away. 

Lord, your servant Pastor Wang Yi has been arrested now for one week. He has used his life to practice these words he preached: 

‘As for me, I live for three things:
Kneeling while praying, standing while preaching, and running while evangelizing.
For this, the Lord has given me three silk bags*:
Moving at any moment, being imprisoned at any moment, and returning to my heavenly home at any moment.’ 

The Lord’s love not only greatly drives him, it drives all of us brothers and sisters. We care not whether we live or die, as long as the Lord’s gospel is spread quickly. China needs the gospel. This ancient kingdom needs a baptism of repentance by your Spirit. There are more than 1.3 billion people here who do not know you and who will go to hell. May the Lord give the future of China to the Chinese church and call these 1.3 billion souls by your name, the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As for us, we gaze upon your face through your beloved Son and our hearts are satisfied. 

I march on with a mission,
Awakening China from its slumber.
Even when I bleed,
I will never turn back.
I march on with a vision,
Seeing China evangelized
And the gospel taken to the corners of the earth. 

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church at 7:00 p.m. on 12/16/18”

*In ancient China, a silk bag was used as a kind of envelope for delivering letters. 

“Attached: List of those who have already been placed in criminal detention:

Pastor Wang Yi (incitement to subvert state power)
Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (incitement to subvert state power)
Elder Li Yingqiang (stirring up trouble)
Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
Sister Li Xiaofeng (summoned on the charge of illegal business operations; after 120 hours, we still have not received a detention notice)
Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations)
Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations)
Sister Huang Yaling (stirring up trouble)
Elder Li Zihu (stirring up trouble)
Brother Wang Fei (stirring up trouble)

List of those placed in administrative detention:

Cheng Zhangchun (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 12/15 on charges of “stirring up trouble”)
Brother Liu Xin (summoned on 12/10 on charges of “stirring up trouble” for posting prayer updates on Wechat and later placed under administrative detention for 5 days; as of this morning he is free.)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time:

Detained for more than 168 hours: Liu Yingxu, Song Enguang, Ding Shuqi, Liang Huali
Detained for more than 144 hours: Zhang Xiaohong, Liu Xin”


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #18

According to the command of Scripture, today is the Lord’s Day, a day to worship God. Even though most brothers and sisters are under the supervision and control of community authorities at their homes, and more than a dozen brothers, sisters, pastors, and preachers are in prison, those brothers and sisters who can still freely leave their homes went to our church sanctuary in the Jiangxin Building as usual to prepare to meet the Lord. 

The metal gate below the building where the church is was locked, and every entrance had many plainclothes police officers and SWAT team officers preventing people from entering the church. They took away some of the brothers and sisters. Brothers and sisters then conducted a small-scale worship meeting at a nearby park, which was also shut down by police. Police took away more than 30 brothers and sisters.

Last night at 11:00 p.m., police went to the home of a church member to advise him not to go to church the next day. After he refused, they held the church member to the ground and tied his hands behind his back with a rope before taking him to the police station. Police also went to the home of the wife of an elder who is being criminally detained and threatened her, telling her she was not allowed to open her home for worship gatherings. This is the current situation. 

Lord, today we worship you in police cars. We worship you in police stations. We worship you in detention centers. We worship you in prisons. And we worship you in homes. We have no other goal except to worship you alone. We ride in buses heading to police stations as though riding down the road to Zion. For you tell us, Lord, that you are looking for worshipers who worship you in spirit and in truth. May you be pleased with our worship. We have nothing to offer you but our hearts. We offer them up sincerely to you now. 

Wherever I am,
Whatever I meet,
I will follow your will forever. 

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church at 10:30 a.m. on 12/16/18

Attached: List of those who have already been placed in criminal detention:

Pastor Wang Yi (incitement to subvert state power)
Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (incitement to subvert state power)
Elder Li Yingqiang (stirring up trouble)
Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
Sister Li Xiaofeng (summoned on the charge of illegal business operations; after 120 hours, we still have not received a detention notice)
Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations)
Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations)
Sister Huang Yaling (stirring up trouble)
Elder Li Zihu (stirring up trouble)
Brother Wang Fei (stirring up trouble)

List of those placed in administrative detention:

Cheng Zhangchun (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 12/15 on charges of “stirring up trouble”)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time:

Detained for more than 144 hours: Liu Yingxu, Song Enguang, Ding Shuqi, Liang Huali
Detained for more than 120 hours: Zhang Xiaohong, Liu Xin”


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #17

The police have given the wife of Preacher Cheng Zhangchun a notice of administrative detention. He has been placed under administrative detention for 14 days. He is being held at the Pidu District Detention Center. Brother Wang Fei of Enyue Church has been placed under criminal detention on suspicion of “stirring up trouble.” Deacon Xu Jiale and small group leaders Zhu Hong and Guohai have each been taken from their homes. Some other small group leaders are also being monitored at their homes. Just a minute ago, Elder Su Bingsen was summoned from his home on charges of “stirring up trouble.” 

The church is in a difficult situation, but the brothers and sisters and church staff still have fiery hearts of worship. Police are using great force to try to keep us from worshiping God tomorrow. May the Lord confound their schemes. 

Lord, you alone are our support. You alone are our joy. You alone are our peace. Although this Christmas month has not been very peaceful, we know that you were born into this world for us. We are waiting for you. It appears as though evil has triumphed, but Christ still reigns. 

Christ is the Son of the eternal God. He died for our sins, rose on the third day, and gave us eternal life. Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. And so we live in order to worship the Lord. We are looking forward to the Lord’s Day tomorrow. 

I follow the Lord to Gethsemane,
I follow him to the Place of the Skull,
And then to that everlasting home
Where sorrow and darkness are no more. 

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church at 10:00 p.m. on 12/15/18.

Attached: List of those who have already been placed in criminal detention:

Pastor Wang Yi (incitement to subvert state power)
Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (incitement to subvert state power)
Elder Li Yingqiang (stirring up trouble)
Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
Sister Li Xiaofeng (summoned on the charge of illegal business operations; after 120 hours, we still have not received a detention notice)
Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations)
Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations)
Sister Huang Yaling (stirring up trouble)
Elder Li Zihu (stirring up trouble)
Brother Wang Fei (stirring up trouble)

List of those placed under administrative detention:

Cheng Zhangchun (placed in administrative detention on 12/15 on charges of “stirring up trouble”)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time:

Detained for more than 144 hours: Liu Yingxu, Song Enguang, Ding Shuqi, Liang Huali
Detained for more than 120 hours: Zhang Xiaohong, Liu Xin
Detained for more than 72 hours: Luo Yao


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #16

Preacher Cheng Zhangchun was taken from his home last night at 8:00 p.m. and has not yet returned. Police sent a text message to his wife and notified her that Preacher Cheng has been summoned on suspicion of illegal activity. Husband and wife Wang Yunpai and Wang Shanshan were taken from their home at 8:00 p.m. last night and have not yet returned. At present there are still many police officers guarding the apartment buildings of some church staff and some brothers and sisters. Many brothers and sisters who have been sent back to their hometowns are still being harassed and guarded by local government authorities. 

According to some testimonies of brothers and sisters that have emerged, they have been sharing the gospel while under guard. They have been using their suffering as a beautiful testimony for the Lord. Some police officers and workers have been very interested in the gospel, even giving their addresses and asking for Bibles. May the Lord choose for himself children from among these law enforcement officers persecuting the church. 

Lord, the greatest freedom in the world is the freedom of becoming your children. You say that we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free. May your Spirit fill us and make us to worship freely, to enter prison freely, to spread the gospel freely. Give us free and noble hearts. Turn us into liberated criminals willing to be detained by the world. For a servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted you, they will persecute us. 

We also ask you to forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. Open their eyes to see your glory and turn them into free children! May you become for them salvation and hope that they might escape the judgement of eternal death! 

In the cross, in the cross
Be my glory ever;
All our sins are washed away
Only by His blood. 

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church at 11:00 a.m. on 12/15/18.

Attached: List of those who have already been placed in criminal detention:

Pastor Wang Yi (incitement to subvert state power)
Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (incitement to subvert state power)
Elder Li Yingqiang (stirring up trouble)
Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
Sister Li Xiaofeng (summoned on the charge of illegal business operations; after 120 hours, we still have not received a detention notice)
Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations)
Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations)
Sister Huang Yaling (stirring up trouble)
Elder Li Zihu (stirring up trouble)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time:

Detained for more than 130 hours: Liu Yingxu, Song Enguang, Ding Shuqi
Detained for more than 120 hours: Zhang Xiaohong, Zhu Zijun, Lin Endian, Zhang Yan, Chen Xuelin, Jiao Zhen
Detained for more than 115 hours: Liu Xin
Detained for more than 72 hours: Luo Yao, Ren Ruiting


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #15

Brother Zhu Xiaoguang was taken from his home to Taisheng Road Police Station. Police notified him verbally that his wife may be criminally detained on the charge of “illegal business operations.” He has not yet received a written notice. We do know Elder Li Zihu was placed under criminal detention on the charge of “stirring up trouble.” In addition, there is evidence of a security breach that indicates that the Facebook page of Early Rain Covenant Church is being controlled by police. For this reason, we have stopped using the Early Rain Covenant Church Facebook page.

In our previous prayer update, we mentioned the names of a few pastors who have come to visit Chengdu from various cities. Because we did not ask for their permission ahead of time, we may have caused them unnecessary trouble during their visit. We apologize for this. May the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ cover us and help us to complement each other well as the Kingdome comes together.

“As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:36-39)

May the Lord on this gloomy day,
All tears shed in secret wipe away,
Make me learn that you are my stay,
And let me bless others all of my days.

Sent by Early Rain Covenant Church at 9:00 p.m. on 12/14/18

Attached: An announcement by Early Rain Covenant Church regarding legal aid

From the time this incident began on December 9, more than ten brothers and sisters (including pastors, elders, and deacons) have been investigated for criminal responsibility and have been issued legal documents. At the same time, there are also a few lawyers who have expressed willingness to provide legal help. Considering the fact that this is, in the first place, a spiritual battle, we will not deny our faith, including all facts and evidence related to it. We also believe that those pastors and workers who have been detained do not believe they have any criminal intention or have taken part in any criminal activity.

Because our goal is to testify to our faith, and for the benefit of law enforcement officers, we will assist families in hiring lawyers to defend them at the appropriate time. But at the moment, considering the potential dangers facing lawyers, as well as the present realities regarding the judicial process, we do not recommend lawyers to intervene on a large scale for now.

The church expresses sincere gratitude to all of those lawyers who have bravely come forward, motivated by righteousness and personal friendship. May the Lord remember your sacrifice!

Sent by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/14/18

Attached: List of those who have already been placed in criminal detention:

Pastor Wang Yi (incitement to subvert state power)
Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (incitement to subvert state power)
Elder Li Yingqiang (stirring up trouble)
Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
Sister Li Xiaofeng (summoned on the charge of illegal business operations; after 120 hours, we still have not received a detention notice)
Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations)
Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations)
Sister Huang Yaling (stirring up trouble)
Elder Li Zihu (stirring up trouble)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time:
Liu Yingxu, Song Enguang, Ding Shuqi (no contact for more than 120 hours)


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Request #14

Those students who are currently being held at the Xinjin County Legal Learning Center are being deported back to their hometowns one by one. Their hometown’s local governments, neighborhood communities, police stations, and so on are seeking them out one by one and talking with them. Their ID cards are being withheld, they are being placed under surveillance at home, and they are being forbidden from returning to Chengdu. 

Last night one sister gave birth to a son. This is their first child. Her husband (who is also a student at the liberal arts college) asked repeatedly to be with her for the delivery, but he was not allowed. Instead, he was forced to return to his hometown in Shanxi. 

Thank the Lord! Pastors all over China are encouraging and comforting us in many ways. Pastor Jin Tianming of Beijing Shouwang Church, Pastor Yang Hua of Guiyang Living Stone Church, Elder Zhang Chunlei of Guiyang Renai Reformed Church, and others released a statement stating that they are guilty of the same crime as Pastor Wang Yi. Pastor Fang Xiaojun of Xuzhou Daoen Presbyterian Church, Preacher Yang Xibo of Xiamen Xunsiding Church, Preacher Fu Yonggang of Sichuan Mount Olivet Church, and other pastors came to Chengdu to be persecuted alongside Early Rain Covenant Church. Pastor Fang Xiaojun has already been found by Domestic Security Protection Bureau officers who came over from Xuzhou. 

Thank the Lord! Overseas churches are all closely following our situation and praying for us. Pastor John Piper, Pastor John Frame, Pastor Tim Keller, Pastor Stephen Childers, and other pastors, brothers and sisters are all praying for us. 

Lord, this is your good pleasure. Through this church’s suffering, you are spurring on your children to walk the path of the cross. The cross connects the eternal world with the temporal world. For authorities who do not believe in God, the cross is the only means by which they can know Him. 

From where is love born? It is born from the Place of the Skull. It is born from Golgotha. It is born from the cross. It is born from the bleeding side of Christ. For it is there where Christ suffered for the sake of love. 

“For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Cor. 5:13-15)

Obey the will of God alone,
Do not ask what the future may hold.
Strive together, work as one,
And let the gospel flourish. 

Sent by Early Rain Covenant Church at 11:00 a.m. on 12/14/18

Attached: List of those who have already been placed in criminal detention:

Pastor Wang Yi (incitement to subvert state power)
Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong (incitement to subvert state power)
Elder Li Yingqiang (creating disturbances)
Elder Qin Defu (illegal business operations)
Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
Sister Li Xiaofeng (summoned on the charge of illegal business operations; after 110 hours, we still have not received a detention notice)
Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations)
Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations)
Sister Huang Yaling (creating disturbances)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time:

Liu Yingxu, Ding Shuqi, Song Enguang (no contact for more than 110 hours)


 

Letter from Wife to Detained Husband

Dear husband, 

Last night I slept well. When I woke up this morning, I heard that you had been taken away. At that moment, my heart had great peace because I knew you had already prepared for this moment long ago. 

I haven’t been able to sleep tonight. I’m sure things are hard for you right now, too. So I’ll just accompany you in your sleeplessness. I want to tell you a few things in case you might see this. 

I heard that they usually bring you back to your home when they search it. I subconsciously hoped to use that opportunity to see you for a moment, but they still haven’t come. I’m not going to wait any longer. I’m not afraid of them at all. On the contrary, I pity them. I hope you do, too. 

I know you must be worried about me, because you’ve seen how much of a mess I’ve been lately. But I’m doing very well now. I’ve loved the Lord more these past two days than I ever have before. More than anything, my heart is joyful and at peace. At night, tears flow by themselves. But it’s not grief. It’s hard to say exactly what it is. I just spent a long time thinking about it, and I’m still thinking to myself, “Why are you crying?” I finally asked myself, “Aren’t you willing to experience this tiny little bit of pain for the Lord?” My conclusion was, “I’m willing.” I’m very willing, because I know that this slight, momentary affliction is not worth comparing to that eternal glory that is to come. I’m willing to foot that bill. So why am I crying? It might just be because I’m human. But you can completely relax. Crying is one thing. Finishing crying is another. I allow myself to cry, but I haven’t felt the least bit of despair. Even if I look for it, I can’t find any. Sometimes I want to despair for a moment and grieve a little bit, but I really don’t feel like it. So, forget about it. I think the Lord has replaced that despair with his fullness. 

The little ones miss you. I told them, “Missing daddy is normal. It would be strange not to miss him. If you miss him, then miss him.” Little Di then immediately said, “After we fall asleep, we won’t miss him anymore.” And then he immediately fell asleep. 

This afternoon I prayed with you according to our agreed upon time. Sorry, I was ten or so minutes late. 

Lastly, I want to say that knowing what I’m going to receive as a result of what I’m going through now makes me feel so much better. I really do thank our Father in Heaven. His plans are most certainly the best. They cannot be mistaken. So, what more is there to say? I will joyfully accept them. 

I love you! I’m going to bed now. 

Sent by Zhang Xinyue, the wife of elder Li Yingqiang, on 12/12/2018 at 3:52 a.m.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #13 

Today around noon, the wife of Elder Qin Defu received a registered letter dated December 10th. Elder Qin Defu has been placed in criminal detention on the charge of “illegal business operations.” In addition, brother Fu Lijun has also been placed in criminal detention on the charge of “illegal business operations.” 

More than ten police officers visited the home of Preacher Cheng Zhangchun, of church plant Canaan Church, to speak with him. Soon afterward, he was taken to the police station and released at 9:00. Surveillance cameras have been installed outside the door of his home and outside the door of the church. Preacher Wu Jiannan, of church plant Deyang Field Church, was taken from his home in Deyang this morning to Chengbei Police Station. Elder Li Zihu, of church plant Enyue Church, was taken from the church along with his wife last night. We have had no contact with them for 24 hours. Enyue Church worker sister Huang Yaling has been placed in criminal detention on the charge of “provocation and troublemaking.”

Preacher Jiang Tian, of church plant Gospel Church, was threatened and told that if they continue meeting he will be detained. The doors of church plant Lin Xi Shu Church and of the home of Preacher Cao Qingen are being monitored by people 24/7. 

Lord, we can only give you the glory. This is a group of children you bore through the cross. They are joyfully willing to pay the price for their faith. They are willing to lay down their lives, not for themselves but for your kingdom, to love souls and to hold fast to the calling to which you have called them. 

For to live is Christ, and to die is gain. We honor Christ alone in everything. If the king commands us to disobey Christ, then we will not submit to his command. We will lay down our lives again and again. The authorities want to use violence to frighten us and make us surrender, but the love in us overcomes all of these things, and this love is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Thank you to all brothers and sisters around the world for your prayers and concern. The church is the body of Christ, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. 

The ancient cross is my support,
A disgrace to the world, a treasure to me.
I take up my cross and run down that path,
The cross is ever my glory!

Sent by Early Rain Covenant Church at 7:00 p.m. on 12/13/18

 


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #12

There are reports that Jiang Rong, [Wang Yi’s] wife, is being kept at an assigned residence under the charge of “inciting subversion of the state.” Lawyers requested to visit Deacon Ge Yingfeng at the detention center, but they were denied for various reasons. Limiting visitations like this is a violation of the law. To correct some previous information, sister Lü Jinheng was charged with “illegal business operations.” Elder Qin Defu has been detained now for more than 84 hours. We do not have any information about him at the moment.

In addition, we have received some very terrible news. Sometime after 7:00 p.m. on the 9th, more than 10 people shut off the power to the home of sister Li Xiaofeng, a worker at the seminary, in order to break into her home. They summoned her on charges of “illegal business operations.” They restrained and took away her husband Shen Bing. Then they restrained her and crudely search her home. They confiscated many books, cell phones, and hard drives. After handcuffing and detaining Shen Bing for 24 hours, they gave him all of her clothes. So far, they have not notified him of her whereabouts. 

Last night we lost contact with seminary student sister Ren Ruiting and seminary worker Kang Yuhong. Elder Li Zihu took more than 20 brothers and sisters to visit Enyue Church, the church plant that was banned and closed down. We received word that more than 20 officers with the Religious Affairs Bureau came over, after which we lost contact with everyone. 

While Preacher Wu Jiannan was preparing to take some brothers and sisters to visit Deyang Field Church, a church plant that was banned and closed down, they were dispersed by police. When he returned home, he found the door pried open, but nothing was taken. 

We received word that brother Song Enguang will be escorted by police back to his hometown in Henan. Police called his wife and told her that he will leave Chengdu before 12:00 p.m. this afternoon. In addition, we have lost contact with seminary student brother Ding Shuqi for over 80 hours now. Those brothers and sisters who were arrested and later released have not seen him either. 

One sister who has been released said there are more than 50 students from the seminary and liberal arts college at the Xinjin County Legal Learning Center waiting to be deported. The brothers and sisters chose a student representative to negotiate with officials. He succeeded in gaining them freedom to read their Bibles and worship together. Each day they choose a student to lead devotionals. The brothers and sisters there have transformed that place into a sanctuary through their fiery faith. 

Lord, you are the Almighty One, yesterday, today, and forever. We will worship you in our homes. We will worship you in churches. We will worship you in detention centers and in prisons. This nation does not worship you, but we will worship you. For you are the only Lord who has died and risen again, and you will rule forever! The church is the bride of Christ, holy and spotless. May the Lord accept our worship!

King of Kings, Lord of Lords,
You alone are worthy of worship and honor!

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church at 10:10 a.m. on 12/13/18.


 

Western China Covenant College 12/9 Persecution Update

Members of the body who are deeply concerned about us, peace be with you! Beginning on December 9th, Early Rain Covenant Church, Early Rain Academy, the seminary, and the liberal arts college were persecuted one after another in various ways. The pastor and elders were forcefully taken away. Four student dormitories were consecutively broken into. All students in the dormitories were forcefully taken away without any cause or procedure. 

On December 9 at around 8:30 p.m., the Shubei Xiang male dormitory of the liberal arts college was broken into and all of the brothers were forcefully taken away, 8 in total. 

On December 9 at around 8:37 p.m., the Caojia Xiang female dormitory of the liberal arts college was broken into and all of the sisters were taken away in two waves, 12 in total. After being taken to the Caojia Xiang Police Station and fingerprinted, they were transferred to the Xinjin County Legal Education Center around midnight. 

On December 9 in the evening, the Yinghua Si male dormitory of the liberal arts college was broken into. Brother Weng Guanghe was taken away. Shortly afterwards, police came back and took away 4 undergraduate brothers. 

On December 9 at around 10:00 p.m., brother Jianqing of the liberal arts college and sister Li Chengju from his small group were detained at the home of another believer. Their personal information was illegally searched because they both refused to cooperate with officers exercising various degrees of violence. They were then handcuffed and taken to Chenghua Tiaodeng River Police Station. (That evening there was a special couples small-group dinner. Without following any proper protocol, 12 plain-clothes officers forced their way into the living room and took Deacon Ge Yingfeng away into custody.)

On Dec. 10 at around 10:00 p.m., the door of the Taisheng Building dormitory of the liberal arts college was pried open. Sister Zhang Yan and sister Wu Zongman were taken from the dormitory.

On Dec. 10 at around 10:00 p.m., brother Jianqing was released. 

On Dec. 11 at around 11:00 a.m., the door of the Taisheng Building dormitory was forced open again and the remaining 10 female students were all taken away, the youngest being 16 years old.  

At this time, the liberal arts college estimates that 36 students were taken away. We have not received news about them. We only know that they were taken to the Chengdu Xinjin County Legal Education Center. 

On Dec. 11 at around 2:00 p.m., sister Xiao Yue was deported from the Xinjin education center back to her registered permanent address in Dayi County. She is at home now, and we have contacted her. She is in good condition. 

On Dec. 12 at around 9:00 p.m., sister Zhou Xiaojuan was released from Xinjin Education Center and deported to her hometown. She told us that there are still more than 50 brothers and sisters being detained at the Xinjin Legal Education Center, waiting to be deported back to their hometowns. But they all have freedom of movement, and everyone is extremely joyful and unified. After being detained unlawfully for more than 48 hours, everyone took the initiative to choose a representative from among them to negotiate with police and ask for them to give back their Bibles and to grant them freedom to worship. They also decided to fast. Thank the Lord! Negotiations were successful to the point that everyone can read the Bible and have corporate worship. Every day a seminary student leads worship in the morning and evening. They worship continually on the outdoor balcony. The detention center has become a preaching grounds for the Lord’s gospel and a place for his people to worship. Glory to the Lord! May the Lord be glorified! When we heard this news we were greatly comforted. Sister Xiaojuan said that the brothers and sisters inside are in a very stable condition and very joyful. There have been no issues. They’ve been guaranteed standard food and shelter. Everyone is greatly cherishing their time locked up, worshiping together. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!

At the same time, sister Wu Zongman was released from Hua Yang Police Station. We have not yet made contact with her.

 


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #11

In the afternoon, Pastor Wang Yi’s mother told us that she received news that Pastor Wang Yi is in criminal detention on the charge of “incitement to subvert the state.” The wife of Elder Li Yingqiang received a phone call from Taisheng Street Police Station and was told that Elder Li Yingqiang is in criminal detention on the charge of “internet provocation.” She was asked to go pick up his personal belongings tomorrow. 

Yesterday we found out that Elder Ge Yingfeng is being detained on the charge of “illegal business operations” and sister Lü Jinheng on the charge of “illegal business operations.” Elder Qin Defu, Brother Song Enguang, Brother Liu Yingxu, Brother Ye Yin and the others who were the first to be arrested have been detained for more than 72 hours, and we still have no news from them. We still have had no contact with some brothers and sisters. 

The brothers and sisters detained at Xinjin County Legal Learning Center are being deported back to their hometowns. Authorities have asked the local governments of their place of permanent residence to come to Chengdu to escort them. Some seminary students upon being deported to their hometowns have immediately been sought by local police and interviewed. Nearly all the dormitories of the seminary and liberal arts college have been searched and possessions seized. 

Amidst this persecution, many brothers and sisters still bravely attended their small-group Bible studies tonight. Most were able to meet as usual, brothers and sisters worshipping through hymns and praying fervently. Some small groups were harassed by police. Three police cars are parked outside the home of one small group leader, and police are now examining their personal IDs. These arrests that have lasted three days and three nights are still continuing.  

Lord, you have given great glory to your servants and children. You have allowed them to suffer with you, and you have made them faithful unto death. Lord Jesus Christ, when you were hung on that tree you were charged with “incitement to subvert the state.” Only you can subvert this world that confounds truth and falsehood. The ruler of this world has already been judged. 

Your kingdom has come. Your rule is forever. You forever govern your people with love and truth and give them peace that surpasses all understanding. Subvert us with your truth. Let us proclaim your truth to this nation. For we have no other weapons except the weapons of prayer and the Bible. We have no other hope except your passion and resurrection. 

Christ is Lord. Grace is King.
Bear the cross. Keep the faith. 

May the Lord helps us and give us great joy! 

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/12/18 at 8:00 p.m.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #10 

We have lost contact with Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, along with approximately 80 church staff, brothers, and sisters, for more than 60 hours now. There are still police cars parked outside some church members’ home with plain-clothes police offers monitoring them all day long. The latest news is that Deacon Ge Yingfeng has been charged with the crime of running an illegal business operation and is being held at the Chengdu City Detention Center.  

Just now, the police took Sister Sun Ailun and her three children, Deacon Xu Jiale and his wife, sister Feng Xiaojing, and Deacon Xiao Luobiao from Zhu Hong’s home to Cao Jiaxiang Police Station while visiting Brother Zhu Hong, who had just been released. 

The church’s elder session published a call for the church to pray and fast all day on December 12. Some other Christians have also sent out appeals themselves for a worldwide fasting and prayer meeting. May the Lord give us love for souls. These law enforcement officers greatly need the gospel of Christ. They have greatly sinned against God. We need to pray for them, for we were once like them. 

May the Lord himself speak words of comfort to us, for he has given his life for us. We suffer with those brothers and sisters who suffer as though imprisoned with them. May God make peace like a river flow through our hearts. 

According to the church’s contingency plan, small groups will meet together this evening as usual. Please strengthen your resolve, brothers and sisters. Experience the filling of the Holy Spirit and the renewal of your lives in the midst of every kind of tribulation and danger. Meeting in homes is our last resort. We are willing to go to the police station, and we are willing to lose our freedom, for we are not willing to lose out on this spiritual feast. 

He bore the curse, that I be blessed;
He drank the cup, that I might feast.

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/12/18 at 1:00 p.m.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #9

It has been more than 48 hours since we have lost contact with Pastor Wang Yi and his wife. Pastor Wang Yi previously wrote a statement to be released if he were to be detained for more than 48 hours. We have just released it. Thank you, brothers and sisters, for your constant concern and prayers. The Lord will look after his servants. 

The wife of Deacon Ge Yingfeng has been notified that Deacon Ge has been detained. He is being held at Xipu Police Station. Another sister told us that there are 47 brothers and sisters being held at the Xinjin County Legal Learning Center. Two sisters were stripped naked and searched. The husband of a sister who is currently giving birth at the hospital has been out of contact for nearly 48 hours. May the Lord grant a peaceful delivery!

In addition, church plant Elder Li Zihu has been released and set free. The church noticed that there was a prayer letter sent out today at 12:20. We want to clarify that it was not officially released by us. We want to encourage brothers, sisters, and friends to follow and forward personal prayer updates, but please do not use the official church signature. 

As of now, authorities are still forcing brothers and sisters to sign a pledge stating that they will not attend Early Rain Church anymore. Some brothers have been deported back to other cities. Community authorities are using landlords to force brothers and sisters to move out. At the same time, support and prayers for Early Rain Covenant Church and Pastor Wang Yi are continuing to grow, both within China and beyond. Many brothers and sisters have issued statements, under their real names, saying they have committed the same crime as Pastor Wang Yi. 

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable are his judgments! How inscrutable are his ways! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen!

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/11/18 at 7:50 p.m.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Update #8

On December 11th at around 2:00 a.m., Elder Li Yingqiang was arrested while trying to evade police. At present, the pastor and four elders of the main church have all been arrested. Two of the elders have since been released and are being monitored (by authorities) at home. All of the preachers [i.e. unordained pastors] and a portion of the seminary students have either been arrested or are being monitored at home. We have lost contact with our church plant Elder Li Zihu and his wife. All of the church plants have either been officially banned or their possessions confiscated. 

We do not know how long they will continue arresting people, and we do not know if there will be another prayer update because there is no privacy here. They are using violent means and methods to arrest and threaten meek and loving Christians. We are like sheep that have entered a pack of wolves. 

They want to completely eradicate Early Rain Covenant Church from this country, but the will of God is to stamp this church even more firmly onto this country and to engrave it even deeper into their hearts. The Lord’s Church is the only community that will endure forever. Today, may we who bear the weight of eternal life meet head-on all of the hardships, evils, and tears of this world. This is the good intention of the Lord. This is the lot that has fallen in our laps. May the Lord make our cups overflowing!

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/11 at 10:00 a.m.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Request #7

Three brothers and sisters who were just released said violence was used against them in the police station, even to the point of being trampled on. One brother was dragged away in the middle of the night at 1:00 a.m. after his hands and feet were bound. He was detained for a whole day. Many places on his legs are bleeding from the abuse, and his body is covered in wounds. These wicked acts are horrendous. 

One brother said that while being detained for 24 hours, police didn’t even give him one bite of food or any drink of water. He was deprived of rest. He was shackled to a chair the whole evening and only slept two or three hours.  

At about 9:00 p.m. police asked firemen to break down the door of the female dormitory of the liberal arts college. They took away 12 female students. At 9:00 p.m., one of our church plants in Dazhou was raided and inspected by police, and the ministry staff were taken away. 

At 10:00 p.m., a brother saw more than 30 young men wearing badges come out of one or two trucks near the church and enter the church building. We believe these men came prepared to demolish the church and to destroy the equipment and facilities in the church and church school. 

It is late but we are still out of contact with many brothers and sisters. We do not know where to go to look for these brothers and sisters. Parents are searching for their children. Wives are searching for their husbands. Brothers are searching for their sisters. 

Lord, look at the grievances of your children! This country tramples on the dignity of your children, but these children are the apple of your eye. You will heal these wounds with your loving hands, and teach us to love God and to learn the endurance of Christ in the midst of this suffering. Lord, come quickly! 

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/10/18 at 11:45 p.m.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Request #6

We have lost contact with Pastor Wang Yi, many elders and staff for over 24 hour since they were taken. We still do not know where they were taken and for what reason. Some brothers and sisters who were taken have been released and are being monitored in their homes. One seminary student was sent to the Northeast for detention because he helped edit church materials. He is being charged with the crime of illegal publishing. Some other seminary students are also being detained. 

From yesterday until today, many police have entered the church and forbid brothers and sisters from entering. We suspect that the church has been officially banned and closed. In addition, three of our church plants received notices today that they are being banned. Pastors from two of them have been taken to the police station and have lost contact with us. Pastors and preachers from a few other churches in Chengdu are in police custody and are being questioned. 

They continue to harass, threaten, and arrest our brothers and sisters. Police have just broken down the door and entered the female dormitory of the liberal arts college. Because police are still harassing church members at their homes, many members cannot return to their homes this evening and are wandering about homeless. 

The war is continuing. Brothers and sisters, please continue to follow these events and pray for us. This slight, momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. May the will of God be fulfilled in us!  

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/10/18 at 8:16 p.m.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Request #5

Currently there are several large trucks parked outside the church building. Police have begun carrying away materials from the church. 

Police continue to go to the homes of church members and are pressuring them to sign a pledge that they will not attend Early Rain for illegal gatherings. Otherwise, they will be arrested. One after another, members are either being taken away or losing contact. Some members are being detained at the church, others are being detained in their homes. Police are also going to the workplaces of members to talk with them and to put pressure on them.

Currently, over 100 brothers and sisters have been taken away. Many of their children have been forced to separate from their parents and are being cared for by other church members. 

There is light after darkness. Lord, open our eyes! Let us see the heavens opened and the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God. Lord, send your angels and the heavenly armies to protect your people. Let us take the suffering mind as our weapon, that we may usher in a great spiritual revival. 

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/10/18 at 2:20 p.m.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Request #4

We have lost contact with Pastor Wang Yi and many of the elders, church workers, and brothers and sisters for more than 15 hours now. Church workers and members are still being arrested. An elder and a few small group leaders are hiding out in different locations to evade arrest. Their wives and children are being blocked by police officers guarding the doors to their homes.

Police officers are being sent in great numbers throughout communities harassing church members and telling them that the church has been banned. Officers are threatening them, telling them that they must sign a pledge that they will not attend the church. Officers are going to the work places of church members to speak with them. Police are guarding the church building today. The children who came to the church school were sent home. One student was taken to the police station and was made to write a statement. 

The Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs called and informed our church plant, Linxishu Church, that by the afternoon they will be given an official notice that the church has been banned.  

In addition, we continue to lose contact with many brothers and sisters. There is a large-scale disruption to our online communication. Attorney Guo Haibo’s location was discovered and he was taken away. 

It currently appears that authorities are going all over the place and indiscriminately arresting church members, tracking them down all night long and threatening them. Multiple departments are working together to persecute the church. At the same time, preachers from other churches in our presbytery are being interviewed by police. 

May the Lord show us again the same miracle that he performed on May 12. May the Lord pour into our hearts the steadfast love he has for his church. May the Lord make our faith resolute in the midst of this suffering. May he keep us from betraying his name. May he make us willing to suffer, to be imprisoned, and to give our lives for his sake. And may we consider this to be our most glorious crown in this life. 

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/10/18 at 12:15 p.m.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Request #3

Brothers, sisters, and friends from around the world, thank you for your prayers and concern. The mass arrest of church members that began on the evening of Sunday, December 9, is still continuing. Sichuan police even went through the trouble of traveling all the way to Dongbei (Northeast China) to find a church member who had returned home, where he had recently returned. They urgently called him in for interrogation in the middle of the night. The sound of knocking has been ringing from late night into early morning. They are using all kinds of methods to take brothers and sisters away, even breaking down doors, using searchlights, making threats and so on. Many brothers and sisters were woken up in the middle of the night and taken away. Even some young children were taken to the police station with their parents. It is still unclear why. 

The statistics aren’t complete, but at the moment over 80 brothers and sisters have been taken to police stations. Police are guarding the front entrance of the apartments of many brothers and sisters. 

This persecution is also being directed against Christian education. The wife of Elder Su Bingsen (who is still being held at the police station and hasn’t yet been released) said, “Just a minute ago at 4:10 a.m., two women with the Education Bureau came to our home and woke me up. They asked about our children’s situation. They registered our children’s names and ages and then explained the compulsory education law to me. They said we must send our two oldest children to the elementary school near the University of Electronic Science and Technology. They said the country must enforce the compulsory education law. I said, ‘You’ve communicated that, thank you. We are not going. If you want to arrest their parents then do whatever you want.’ They said they would stay in touch, and then they left.”Brothers and sisters, please pray especially for the Early Rain Reformed Academy. 

May the Lord vindicate us. The Lord sees all that is happening. We are continuing to pray and entrust everything to him, displaying our faith to the whole world, because the pierced hands of the Lord Jesus Christ are holding our hands and leading us to the path of eternal life. May the Lord destroy the schemes of Satan, for the Lord of the church, Jesus Christ, has already wounded the head of the serpent. 

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/10/18 at 8:00 a.m.

Attached: The list of the names of the brothers and sisters who have been taken away as of 5:00 a.m. on 12/10/18

1.    Pastor Wang Yi
2.    Jiang Rong, pastor’s wife
3.    Sister Jiang Ruolin
4.    Deacon Ge Yingfeng
5.    Brother Zhu Hong
6.    Elder Yan Defu and Sister Xiao Hong Liu (couple)
7.    Brother Ye Yin
8.    Brother Zhang Jianqing
9.    Brother Liu Yingxi
10.  Zhang Guoqing, Assistant Deacon
11.  Elder Su Bingsen (wife went home at 11 p.m.)
12.  Brother Xiao Yingshan
13.  Song Enguang and Feng Xiaojing (couple)
14.  Brother Xiao Baogang
15.  Sister Zhou Xiaojuan
16.  Brother Zhou Yong
17.  Lost contact with those at Shubei Lane male dormitory; it was confirmed that it was empty as all were taken away
18.  Lost contact with those at Caojia Lane female dormitory; it was confirmed that it was empty as all were taken away
19.  Seminary student Lu Ya and another brother
20.  From the seminary – Sister Wang Xiyan, Sister Huang, Brother Zhou Dongdong (lost contact)
21.  Brother Wu Wuqing
22.  Brother Pan Fei and Brother Liu Hengqi (lost contact)
23.  Elder Yan Xixia
24.  Brother Ding Shuqi
25.  Brother Yun Yunfei and Sister Wang Wei (couple)
26.  Jiang Tian, pastoral staff
27.  Brother Wu Size
28.  Brother Fu Lijun
29.  Sister Li Dehui
30.  Sister Li Chengju and child
31.  Liu Xiaole and the children
32.  Brother Wang Jun
33.  Yan Wenju (couple)
34.  Liang Liangli and roommate
35.  Brother Jiang Wenyu
36.  Sister Ran Xiaoran
37.  Sister Lu Jinheng
38.  Brother Yi Yinxiang brother
39.  Brother Hou Hongen brother
40.  Brother Weng Guanghe
41.  Brother Liu He
42.  Brother Kang Kai
43.  Brother Wang Xiwang
44.  Brother Lin Endian
45.  Brother Yang Luga
46.  Brother Tong Feifei
47.  Brother Kang Shaoxin
48.  Brother Sang Ensui
49.  Brother Pan Fei
50.  Brother Liu Hengqi
51.  Brother Ran Yifei
52.  Sister Zhu Lei sister
53.  Brother Chen Zhibin

According to our incomplete statistics, the above list exceeds 80 people. 

Updated on 12/10/18 at 7:30 a.m.: Assistant Deacon Zhang Guoqing and Brother Zhou Yong have been released. People in Zhang Guoqing’s home have been placed under 24-hour surveillance.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Request #2

On Sunday, December 9, starting in the evening, the Chengdu Public Security Bureau deployed a large number of police officers, raiding the homes of workers and brothers and sisters from the church. The pastor and about half of the workers have been taken from their homes. At the moment, more than 50 brothers and sisters have been taken to the police station. Arrests are still being made. Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Elder Qin Defu, Elder Su Bingsen, Elder Yan Xixia, Deacon Ge Yingfeng, Ran Yunfei and his wife, and brother Song Enguang have all been taken from their homes, and we have lost contact with them. Assistant Deacon Zhang Guoqing and brother Zhu Hong were taken away while checking on others. The church WeChat account has been shut down. The WeChat accounts of most of the church workers have been permanently censored and shut down. Two dormitories of the seminary and liberal arts college have been raided. Students in the dormitories were all taken away. Just before midnight, police banged wildly on the doors of many workers and brothers and sisters, trying to break down the doors and enter. At the same time, some homes were searched and possessions confiscated. The police have been harsh and unreasonable, showing no consideration to wives and young children. Police cars are at the church building and a large number of police officers are circling nearby. 

The time has come. O Lord! Did you not establish this church for this very purpose? May you display your glory as we are taken away on the day you rose from the dead, as we are interrogated on the night you were interrogated. And may your resurrection power fill us. We wait for you, more than watchmen for the morning! Brothers and sisters, please continue to follow these events and pray for us. 

Issued by Early Rain Covenant Church on 12/10/18 at 1:20 a.m.


 

Early Rain Covenant Church Urgent Prayer Request #1 

Today (12/9/18) at around 6:00 p.m., a ministry team member was taken away by a police car downstairs [in front] of the church building. Soon after, a large number of police officers entered his residence and inspected it. At the same time, electricity was cut off at the home of full-time church staff, Song Enguang and his wife. Soon after, police knocked on the door. There were more than a dozen police officers guarding the church entrance and the three brothers who went to check on him were arrested. We have lost contact with Song Enguang. We have also lost contact with Pastor Wang Yi and his wife. Many police and officers with the Domestic Security Protection Bureau guarded the entrance to his apartment. After being presented with a warrant, they were taken away. Over a dozen officers physically restrained Elder Qin Defu at his home while they searched his home. Elder Su Bingsen and his wife, Deacon Ge Yingfeng, and Assistant Deacon Zhang Guoqing were all taken away. There are a large number of police cars at the church building, and many police officers have entered the church. Many police officers have also been going to the homes of many other brothers and sisters and taking them away. Brothers and sisters, please continue to follow these events and pray for us. 

Issued at 9:36 p.m. on 12/9/18.


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Editors note: These Chinese urgent prayer updates (below) are directly from Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China seeking prayer and help from the watching world, especially followers of Christ. At the time of this post, there are 32 updates, ranging from December 9, 2018 to March 20, 2019. Special thanks to Brent Pinkall for translating these updates and helping make them available to the public. Please pray and share with others.


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教会会友苟中灿弟兄于3月15日在浙江访友失联后,18日有人在杭州火车东站看见他被多名便衣警察押着,剃了头发戴着手铐,不知将被带往何处。

苟弟兄曾为记者,23岁时因人权报道写作获刑十年,在狱中备受折磨,终在绝望之中呼求上帝,获释之后来到教会委身,并在基督和福音里得自由得释放。如今身陷急难,愿上帝保守他,以慈爱环绕他,赐给他属天的平安!

连日来弟兄姐妹们被逼迫搬家、被派出所和国保约谈时有发生,有些家庭仍然是被24小时监控和跟踪。梁华利弟兄、戴志超弟兄和李子虎长老取保候审后被送回原籍,苟弟兄和潘弟兄又被羁押。刑事拘留的牧长同工和弟兄姐妹仍然有11位,1位姊妹被行政拘留。我们许多弟兄姐妹为福音受苦难,“甚至被捆绑像犯人一样,但上帝的道却不会被捆绑”!

感恩众教会和弟兄姐妹们继续为我们代祷,也为包括执政掌权者在内的万人恳求祷告,因为上帝愿意万人得救明白真道。愿我们一同忍耐,直到主来。“看哪,农夫忍耐等候地里宝贵的出产,直到得了秋雨春雨”,愿我们在这片土地上一同向下扎根、向上结果!

秋雨圣约教会
2019年3月20日星期三


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潘飞弟兄自3月4日失踪,至今查询不到任何消息。

昨天(3月15日)晚上,秋雨一位在杭州访友的弟兄苟中灿也失联,短租住处的房东得到邻居消息说有警察来带人,想去住处查看,被小区保安拦阻。今天再去查看的时候已人去楼空,弟兄的衣物还在,手机、电脑都不见了,屋里房东的台式电脑也被拿走。

每天都有弟兄姐妹因房东不堪压力而要求搬走的消息传出来。

然而这一周,我们也听见看见不只是我们在受苦,有更多的孩子们的身体因学校食物受到伤害,而那些家长们也受到无理的对待,甚至肉体的伤害。

诗篇91:2,14-15 我要论到耶和华说,他是我的避难所,是我的山寨,是我的 神,是我所倚靠的。… 神说,因为他专心爱我,我就要搭救他。因为他知道我的名,我要把他安置在高处。他若求告我,我就应允他。他在急难中,我要与他同在。我要搭救他,使他尊贵。

求主用他的话语亲自安慰与基督同受羞辱与磨难中的上帝儿女们,坚定信心,在身体没有自由中,仍旧用心灵诚实,自由地敬拜三一上帝,仰望依靠祂施恩拯救;也求上帝怜悯成都这个城市、这片土地和其上的人们,拯救那些绝望中转向祂寻求盼望的人。

秋雨圣约教会
2019年3月16日星期六


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主又说:“西门!西门!撒但想要得着你们,好筛你们像筛麦子一样; 但我已经为你祈求,叫你不至于失了信心。你回头以后,要坚固你的弟兄。” (路加福音 22:31-32 和合本)

我们的潘飞弟兄今天已失踪第四天(92小时),最后有潘飞弟兄消息是3月4号本周一晚上9点左右(当天是他新工作的第一天),周二早上开始就没有再去上班,去住处多次查看也均无果,失联至今。

“5.12”教案以来,潘飞弟兄数次被抓捕进派出所。特别是12.9教案中,他被非法抄家、关押、审讯,被迫搬迁到了新的地方,仍然受到社区频繁地敲门骚扰,甚至辖区的警察直接进入屋内频繁“执法”。年前他的工作也被当局施压而遭永辉超市辞退,直至年后找到新工作上班第二天,却一反常态地消失在同事、朋友和弟兄姊妹的视线当中。

以往潘飞弟兄面临骚扰、逼迫时会告诉弟兄姐妹为他代祷,这次连续四天的失踪什么信息也没有发出。我们担心潘飞弟兄这一次也是因为信仰的缘故而被试炼,我们切切为被掳而与主耶稣基督羊群分离的小羊祷告,愿神的灵与他同在,保守他身体和心灵的平安!

秋雨圣约教会
2019年3月8日星期五

附12.9教难被囚、失踪基督徒名单

仍被刑事拘留12名、行政拘留10名、失踪1人

刑事拘留12名
王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪,秘密关押)
蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪,2018年12月10日,秘密关押)
李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪)
覃德富长老(非法经营罪)
苏炳森长老(寻衅滋事罪)
葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪)
李晓凤姐妹(非法经营罪)
张国庆弟兄(寻衅滋事罪)
梁华利弟兄(非法经营罪)
丁书奇弟兄(原长期失联,现已确认被关押)
戴志超弟兄(寻衅滋事罪)
李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪)

行政拘留10名
张建青弟兄 拘留14天 2次
尉志雪姊妹 拘留14天 2次
侯宏恩弟兄 拘留14天
雒志鹏弟兄 拘留14天
杨都丽姊妹 拘留14天
朱晓光弟兄 拘留14天 2次
张冠亚弟兄 拘留14天
黄光泰弟兄 拘留14天
张 起弟兄 拘留14天
汤春亮弟兄 被警察殴打伤情未知 拘留14天、

失踪1人
潘飞弟兄


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“你们务要警醒,在真道上站立得稳,要作大丈夫,要刚强。 凡你们所做的都要凭爱心而做。” (哥林多前书 16:13-14 和合本)

秋雨圣约教会副执事、基督徒媒体人张国庆弟兄失踪多日,今天得知已被当局以“寻衅滋事”罪刑事拘留,关押于成都市看守所。

“12.9”教案发生后,张国庆弟兄被当局一直软禁在家里与外界隔绝,稍早前国庆弟兄写了一篇有关王怡牧师妻子蒋蓉师母的文章。名为《蒋蓉是才德妇人》 发布该文后国庆弟兄带着入狱的行李直奔警察局。2月24日王怡牧师年近74岁的母亲被成都汪家拐派出所警察张俊虎(警号075557)暴力殴打、侮辱,出于良知和媒体人的本能,国庆弟兄发文谴责此恶劣行径,随后被失踪直至找寻到刑事拘留的消息。

连日来的大抓捕、弟兄姐妹们受到当局各种非常人能忍受的折磨和骚扰,被殴打、被侮辱、被无端关押;被24小时监控跟踪威胁、被砸门敲门、闯入家中;被每天登门拍照、警告,随时传唤问话;透过向房东施压、向工作单位施压而被失去工作、被失去住所;被强制遣返原籍等。

据可联系到的人员不完全统计(冰山一角),其中无法律手续被强制带入派出所的基督徒超过3百人次;8个基督徒家庭失去住所;基督徒弟兄姊妹被工作单位约谈施压10人次,2位被辞退;约百位被遣返。被成都曹家巷派出所、太升路派出所、西御河派出所、建设路派出所等警察殴打的基督徒有9人次、被语言侮辱与人格行为侮辱的基督徒9人次。如王弟兄被曹家巷派出所警察扇耳光、被建设路派出所严重拖伤,侮辱若干次,Tang姊妹在哺乳期怀中抱着孩子被曹家巷派出所警察殴打,约12小时。尚在哺乳期被警察强制与婴儿分离关押时间超过6小时以上有2人次、处于哺乳期被关押姊妹8人次、关押过派出所的14岁以下儿童幼童约30多人次(关押幼童均超过8小时,最长达72小时,最小幼童不满1岁)。

刑事拘留25人,仍在关押中的12名、行政拘留共23人次,仍在拘留期间的11名、失踪1人。

刑事拘留关押中的12名:
王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪,2018年12月9日 秘密关押)
蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪,12月10日,秘密关押)
李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪,12月11日 关押于成都市看守所 )
覃德富长老(非法经营罪,12月9日 )
苏炳森长老(寻衅滋事罪,12月15日 )
葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪,12月9日 )
李晓凤姐妹(非法经营罪,12月9日 )
梁华利弟兄(非法经营罪 )
丁书奇弟兄(原长期失联,现已确认被关押)
戴志超弟兄(寻衅滋事罪,12月19日)
李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪,12月12日 )
张国庆弟兄(寻衅滋事罪,2019年2月24日)

仍在行政拘留期间的11名:
阿 信弟兄 2月24日 拘留10天,
张建青弟兄 2月24日 拘留14天
尉志雪姊妹 2月24日 拘留14天
侯宏恩弟兄 2月24日 拘留14天
雒志鹏弟兄 2月24日 拘留14天
杨都丽姊妹 2月24日 拘留14天
朱晓光弟兄 2月24日 拘留14天
张冠亚弟兄 2月24日 拘留14天
黄光泰弟兄 2月24日 拘留14天
张 起弟兄 2月24日 拘留14天
汤春亮弟兄 2月24日 被警察殴打伤情未知 拘留14天

失踪1人
杨建弟兄 2月24日 可能被行政拘留10天,但没有收到任何告知书,家人去拘留所没有找到。

请为被关押的弟兄姐妹和被持续监控不堪骚扰的弟兄姐妹们祷告,靠主刚强、忍耐、谨守,不至被引动失去福音的盼望!让我们定睛在舍命买赎我们、又复活升天、并会荣耀再来的救主基督耶稣身上!
帮助我们以主耶稣爱我们的爱,来爱仇敌、为逼迫我们的祷告!
请为执行任务警察、社区人员、工作单位和房东祷告,按照良知和法律行事。凡违背法律和违背良心的方式执行任务的,必会陷入自己所掘的坑中,缠在自己暗设的网罗里。

秋雨圣约教会
2019年3月2日星期六


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24日,在上帝赐下的安息日里,经历“12.9”教难重挫的肢体们依旧满怀喜乐地同往日一样来崇拜上帝。然而多个聚会家庭被警察围困敲门或进入,两个聚会家庭里的人在聚会结束后被押上等在那里的警用大巴,儿童、老人、孕妇基督徒一并被警察带走,手机都被当场扣押不得使用。

翻译家阿信弟兄得知弟兄姊妹们在家庭聚会儿童、老人、孕妇被抓捕,以及王怡牧师年74岁的母亲被警察侮辱、殴打而奋笔疾书,傍晚被近十名警察从家中抓捕。

截至昨晚8点,在“2.24″主日崇拜大抓捕中,我们有44名肢体被抓捕,其中有11名儿童,被关押进成都的派出所,最小的婴儿才2个多月。汤春亮夫妇在派出所被一个便衣打耳光,有些人包括孩子都没有吃饭,有些到凌晨2点才被放回家中,孩子困了就睡在冰冷的桌子上和地上,有些到早上6点才回到家中。

目前11人确定被行政拘留。他们是:

阿 信弟兄 拘留10天
张建青弟兄 拘留14天
尉志雪姊妹 拘留14天
朱晓光弟兄 拘留14天
侯宏恩弟兄 拘留14天
雒志鹏弟兄 拘留14天
杨都丽姊妹 拘留14天
张冠亚弟兄 拘留14天
黄光泰弟兄 拘留14天
汤春亮弟兄 拘留14天
杨健弟兄 拘留10天

今天又陆续有弟兄姐妹从家中被带走。撰写此代祷信时,仍不时有新的状况发生,多个家庭再次被威胁、搜查。

秋雨圣约教会
2019年2月25日


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王怡牧师年近七旬的母亲,今日早晨外出被成都汪家拐派出所某警察打伤。

老人家在银行取款时,该警察上前偷看密码被拒绝后气急败坏地恶毒辱骂,用手扯老人家头发,殴打老人时银行保安制止,他大声喝斥银行保安“我在执法”,继续施暴并用脚踢老人,同行的其他警察则阻止老人不准还手。

愿神与被关押的王怡牧师、蒋蓉师母同在,求主安慰他们在监牢里的时光。求主安慰和保护他们的母亲和孩子不致毎天受到侮辱、残害,愿神赐下圣灵医治抚慰老人家的心灵!

汪家拐派出所所长承诺要处理此事并要求奶奶不公开该警官的姓名和警号。我们暂且等候,此事如不按法律处理,相信上帝必有报应。
特别为汪家拐派出所所长祷告,为该警官祷告,他们也有母亲、妻子、儿女,求主唤醒他们的良心!

主耶稣基督降生是为罪人死在十字架上。神爱世人!没有哪一个罪大到主耶稣基督的救赎不能拯救!

秋雨圣约教会
2019年2月24日


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附图(再次被逼搬家给孩子们造成严重的痛苦,孩子们抱着苏太太哭泣)

2月22晚20:40分,“12.9”教难被囚基督徒苏炳森长老之妻苏太太及其4个小孩受当局层层施压,房东违背签订合同时的承诺催逼苏太太限期搬离。

此次被迫搬离已是这个苦难的家庭第二次经受的痛苦,孩子们抱着苏太太不停地哭泣,每当他们游离失所后找到一个新的环境适应几天后成都的警察、国保便找上门来,通过各种方式、手段驱赶这个家庭。

有警察、国保向苏太太宣布,苏炳森长老系博士学位与成都的户籍没有关系,几个孩子没有户口,属于非法人口将被剥夺居住权。

现在的住处是几天前才与房东签订的合同,房东前天收到派出所通知向苏太太表示不会听命于警察、国保,苏太太将房东坚守承诺的举动告诉给孩子们,今晚却发生房东撕毁协议的行为,孩子们无法理解接受发生这样的事情,孩子们面临来到新家却又要搬离,正在成长发育的心理缺少了这个年龄阶段孩童本该有的对家的归宿感,他们抱着自己的母亲伤心地哭泣。

祈求上帝能怜悯这些孩童和苏太太当前的处境,求圣灵与他们同在,做他们脚前的灯,照亮他们下一站的路,求主基督彰显衪的大能,在这寒冷的夜晚生起一团炭火温暖他们身体,亦温暖那些在黑暗角落里的人冰冻麻木的心。

秋雨圣约教会
2019年2月22日


秋雨教会急代 #25 (2019年1月27日)

25日傍晚时分,受难家属葛迎峰执事的妻子李冰,李英强长老的妻子张新月,覃德富长老的妻子肖红柳发现自己用于生活所需的银行卡均遭到银行冻结。26日经过各方查询和被踢皮球,终于得知是被成都市公安局青羊分局冻结的,开户行拒不出具冻结文件,不向客户解释原因,而要客户自己去发出冻结的机关问。

即将过年,这时候冻结家属的银行账户,不是成心不让人平安过年吗?请众位肢体为此事带来的后续影响,以及各位家属就此事与相关部门的交涉和处理代祷。用祷告托住受难者家属们,定睛仰望供应我们的主!也求上帝保守执法人员不受那空中掌权恶者的控制,保守心中残存的良知!

秋雨圣约教会 2019年1月27日


教会急代 #24 (2019/01/24日)

新年的临近并没有使逼迫减缓,当人们都在迎接即将到来的新年时,我们的弟兄姊妹仍然被不断的投入监牢。

昨天晚间十时(1月23日22时),成都草市街派出所将张晓红姊妹带走,当即刑事拘留关押进成都市看守所。请弟兄姐妹们为张晓红姊妹祷告,求上帝安慰她和她的家人,求圣灵与他们同在!

秋雨圣约教会 2019年1月24日

“12.9”教案秋雨圣约失联、被关押基督徒名单

(刑拘 24人,其中9位已取保候审,15位仍在关押中)

1.王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪,秘密关押)
2.蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪,2018年12月10日,秘密关押)
3.李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪)
4.覃德富长老(非法经营罪)
5.苏炳森长老(寻衅滋事罪,2018年12月15日 关押于成都市看守所)
6.葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪)
7.李晓凤姐妹(非法经营罪)
8.梁华利弟兄(非法经营罪,关押于成都市看守所)
9.宋恩光弟兄(非法经营罪,关押于成都市看守所)
10.丁书奇弟兄(原长期失联,现已确认被关押)
11.戴志超弟兄(寻衅滋事罪,12月19日 关押于成都市看守所)
12.李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪)
13.曹庆恩传道(寻衅滋事罪,12月14日 关押于成都市看守所)
14.程章纯传道(12月15日因寻衅滋事被行政拘留14天,关押期满转为刑事拘留,关押于成都市看守所)
15.张晓红姐妹(2019年1月23日晚10时被草市街派出所带走刑拘,关押于成都市看守所)
*16.朱晓光弟兄(非法经营罪,2018年12月13日 关押于成都市看守所,2019年1月9日取保侯审)
*17.黄于阗姐妹(寻衅滋事罪,重庆基督徒,因探访秋雨姐妹被刑拘,2019年1月13日取保侯审)
*18.王飞弟兄(寻衅滋事罪,2019年1月14日取保侯审)
*19.罗耀弟兄 (寻衅滋事罪,非法经营罪,12月12日 关押于成都市看守所,2019年1月12日取保侯审)
*20.吕金衡姐妹(非法经营罪,2019年1月11日取保侯审)
*21.付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪,2019年1月11日取保侯审)
*22.黄雅玲姐妹(寻衅滋事罪,2019年1月12日取保侯审)
*23. 刘应许弟兄(原长期失联,2019年1月11日取保侯审,后得知是被关押)
*24.朱东弟兄(寻衅滋事罪,12月15日 关押于成都市看守所,2019年1月14日取保候审)

行政拘留 (12人,1位转为刑事拘留,7位已期满,4位仍在关押中)

25.王军弟兄(12月18日因户外敬拜被当当局处以行政拘留14天,期满)
26.刘洪良弟兄 (12月17日,行政拘留10天,期满)
27.刘鑫弟兄(12月10日,行政拘留5天,期满)
28.沈斌弟兄(12月17日,行政拘留5天,期满)
29. 李成菊姊妹(1月6日,行政拘留15天,期满)
30. 朱 红弟兄(1月6日,行政拘留15天,期满)
31. 邓柯利姊妹(1月6日,行政拘留15天,期满)
32.张建青弟兄(1月13日,行政拘留15天)
33.尉志雪姊妹(1月13日,行政拘留15天)
34.邱皓弟兄(1月13日,行政拘留15天)
35.张海燕姊妹(1月13日,行政拘留15天)
*程章纯传道(12月15日因寻衅滋事被行政拘留14天,转刑事拘留)

秋雨圣约教会
2019/01/24日


秋雨圣约教会紧急代祷信22号

‘他们去后,有主的使者向约瑟梦中显现,说:“起来!带着小孩子同他母亲逃往埃及,住在那里,等我吩咐你;因为希律必寻找小孩子,要除灭他。”约瑟就起来,夜间带着小孩子和他母亲往埃及去,住在那里,直到希律死了。这是要应验主藉先知所说的话,说:“我从埃及召出我的儿子来。”’ (马太福音 2:13-15)

如同第一个圣诞记念节中的白色恐怖,秋雨圣约教会弟兄姐妹作为主耶稣的肢体正在经历教会元首走过路。当局对秋雨圣约教会继续打压,从刑事拘留、行政拘留、强迫失踪、跟踪尾随、经济施压,到劫夺教会资产。

秋雨圣约教会23楼会堂圣诞夜前夕被成都市青羊区双眼井社区强占成为社区办公场所、秋雨圣约邻溪树布道所被郫都区和家社区强占、秋雨恩约布道所教产被天府新区清空。目前教堂场地系私人购置、租赁房产,尚在民事契约存续期间,任何人在未经双方许可之前,不得变更、解除。当局官员、地方政府违背法律和道德,未出资分文抢夺教会近1000平米房产。

然而,主啊,我们仍要赞美祢,12月23日秋雨圣约教会的主日敬拜,在主呼召分别出来的家庭、家庭小组和其他场所举行。有些弟兄姐妹被限制在自己家中,一个小组的敬拜被警察打断,20人(包括8个儿童)全部被带到派出所,当天都平安回到家中。还有小组被迫改变聚会场所,也有聚会后被警方约谈。在困境中,主的灵已经借着马太福音2章的道及他在患难中的仆人,喂养、坚固和挑战了众人。

主啊,我感谢你,因为我们为监狱福传事工已经祷告很久了。我们已经看见了你的作为。我们一位尚未受洗的弟兄,在他5天拘留释放后,见证说,“【虽然】了11个铺住31个人,那里面的人都特别想听福音,所有的人都留我的电话号码。有一些人是贩毒的,说出来了就要来联系,带着他的妻子来教会。他们叫我教授,特别喜欢听我讲的福音……里面只要有一个人愿意讲,其他人就特别爱听。我离开时,那些人都很舍不得。他们买了水壶,然后把热水藏在水壶里,用被子包起来,然后等到晚上的时候就说,‘教授你要走了,我们舍不得,我们给你烫脚洗脚吧。’ 在里面,这是非常难得的,这热水洗脚让我自己很感动不已”。 教会姐妹们听了这见证,也很感动。她们想到自己的丈夫,他们都很会讲,一定有很多人愿意听,那个地方已经真的是上帝派他们去的。苏师母说,“饥渴慕义,我觉得真的是可以这样来形容,每个人都渴望听到别人给他们讲福音讲真理。” 主啊,是你开了狱中的门,让我们看到你那善良、纯全、可喜悦的旨意(罗12.2)

主啊,我们承认我们的软弱无能,小信,在面对逼迫时紧张与不安,求你在基督里赦免我们,更从高天赐下你们的能力、智慧、忍耐。让我们看到祢在坚固城里向我【们】施展奇妙的慈爱。(诗篇 31:21)

主啊,在圣诞前夕,虽然牧者受击打,羊群被打散。但是秋雨圣约教会的众圣徒,放佛听见了主降生时空中天使天军的颂赞,看见那古旧十架,我们已经复活藏了在基督里。在属灵的争战中,就在今天,我们听到世界各地的华人教会和我们一起唱《主爱在中国》和《为基督大业》。在信心中,我们远远看见主耶稣再来时的普世欢腾, 我们盼望那日子早日来临!主啊,在圣诞节,我们听见各地教会的祷告如同重水的声音,与天上总会的圣徒、二十四位长老一同敬拜,与受造的万物一起大声说,“但愿颂赞、尊贵、荣耀、权势都归给坐宝座的和羔羊,直到永永远远!”(启5.13)

主啊,我们感谢你,以马内利的上帝今天透过圣灵亲自与你的儿女同在,你作我们的上帝,我们作你的子民,谢谢你差我们做祢国度福音的大使,给了我们你自己的全副武装,在这磨难的日子与仇敌,就是罪,败坏的世界,和魔君争战。感谢你在全世界各地兴起为秋雨圣约教会和上千个为主名受逼迫中国教会代祷的勇士,我们如同以利沙看见,就呼叫说:“我父啊!我父啊!以色列的战车马兵啊!” (列王纪下 2:12)

为关押中的弟兄姐妹代祷,求主保护坚固并大大使用他们,成为上帝国度独特的大使;

为被关押人员的家人、孩子代祷,求主安慰、保护和供应,亲自作她们的丈夫和父亲;

为弟兄姐妹在艰难中有上帝亲自供应,从上帝话语得牧养、得安慰,在过去正常聚会的方式受阻时,有智慧和创意开始不拘形式的聚集,彼此坚固扶持;

为弟兄姐妹所接触到的警官,看守人员、网格员等等祷告,求主唤醒他们的良心,脱离蒙蔽,并被弟兄姐妹所见证的福音吸引和感化;

为当局和官员及执行人员心灵的光景代祷,求告耶和华向他们显明他的公义,怜悯他们的无知,祈求神免于对他们的震怒,因为他们在这样的一个时代也不知道自己在做什么,求主基督帮助他们赐下悔改的灵!

秋雨圣约教会
2018年12月25日周二(圣诞节)

2018/12/25 凌晨 “12.9”教案秋雨圣约失联、被关押基督徒名单

已被刑拘 (20人)
1.王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪,秘密关押)
2.蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪,2018年12月10日,秘密关押)
3.李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪)
4.覃德富长老(非法经营罪)
5.葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪)
6.李晓凤姐妹(非法经营罪)
7.吕金衡姐妹(非法经营罪)
8.付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪)
9.黄雅玲姐妹(寻衅滋事罪)
10.李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪)
11.王飞弟兄(寻衅滋事罪)
12.苏炳森长老(寻衅滋事罪,2018年12月17日 关押于成都市看守所)
13.朱晓光弟兄(非法经营罪,2018年12月13日 关押于成都市看守所)
14.黄于阗姐妹(寻衅滋事罪,重庆基督徒,因探访秋雨姐妹被刑拘)
15.戴志超弟兄(寻衅滋事罪,12月19日 关押于成都市看守所)
16.朱东弟兄(罪名不清楚,12月15日 关押于成都市看守所)
17.曹庆恩传道(寻衅滋事罪,12月14日 关押于成都市看守所)
18.梁华利弟兄(非法经营罪,关押于成都市看守所)
19.宋恩光弟兄(非法经营罪,关押于成都市看守所)
20.罗耀弟兄 (罪名不清楚,12月12日 关押于成都市看守所)

行政拘留 (5人,2位已期满)
21.程章纯传道(12月15日因寻衅滋事被行政拘留14天)
22.王军弟兄(12月18日因户外敬拜被当当局处以行政拘留14天)
23.刘洪良弟兄 (12月17日,行政拘留10天)
24.刘鑫弟兄(12月10日,行政拘留5天)
25.沈斌弟兄(12月17日,行政拘留5天)

长期失联 (2人)
26.刘应许弟兄
27.丁书奇弟兄

秋雨圣约教会
2018/12/25凌晨


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (12/22/18)
秋雨圣约教会简报

截至今天,秋雨圣约教会被当局刑事拘留16人、行政拘留4人、失踪5人,超过150人被强制抓捕进派出所长时间审讯,这其中有孕妇、儿童、老人,有近700名会友被社区、单位安保部门监视跟踪与威胁,被殴打严重致伤2人,教会23楼会堂、21楼图书馆、19楼人文学院、神学院、6楼会堂、学堂全部设施被洗劫清空。

王军弟兄和平理性地与警方交涉时遭到严重暴力攻击,头部、膝部、脚趾多处受伤,在失去会堂后,上周主日同弟兄姐妹在府南河边敬拜主基督安息之日再次被关押,同时被关押的有他刚满一岁的孩子和妻子唐双飞姊妹,在被连续审讯30多小时后王军弟兄受到行政拘留14日处罚。

12月20日,警方再次前往苏炳森长老家无证搜查,侵害家庭其他成员隐私。苏炳森长老以及其它被刑事拘留的牧师、长老、传道、会友被剥夺律师会见权利,对警方实施的行为无法具有合理性的确信,他们在被关押期间是否受到虐待、酷刑我们祈求主的怜悯。

弟兄姊妹们正常的家庭聚会受到严重干扰,当局派出大量不明身份人员24小时驻守他们的家庭或小区楼下,跟随他们外出、阻止来客到访,开放查经家庭受到高压逼迫,警方以再次开放家庭立即以“寻衅滋事罪”刑事拘留相威胁。

诚然如此,弟兄姊妹们仍持守主耶稣基督透过《圣经》所教导的不可停止聚会,仍勇敢传讲衪的真道,以多种形式聚会查考《圣经》领悟上帝的话语。

我们向上帝献上感恩,在衪的教会受到如此大的冲击时奋兴众多忠贞的儿女。

秋雨圣约归正长老教会
2018年12月22日星期六


秋雨圣约教会紧急代祷信息21号

你在患难之日若胆怯,你的力量就微小。……我儿,你要吃蜜,因为是好的;吃蜂房下滴的蜜便觉甘甜。(箴言 24:10,13 和合本)

对教会的大抓捕和逼迫已经进入第十天,对教会弟兄姊妹的打压还在继续。因为12.16主日不能进会堂崇拜,有部分会友只好在户外崇拜,很多会友被限制在家中。警察继主日抓捕之后,现在继续在寻找抓捕所谓“户外崇拜组织者”,不断施压,就连会友户外集体活动也不允许。一些会友被警告如果再“非法”聚会就会被刑拘,两三个人在一起也不行。

苏炳森长老12月15日被带到派出所已经近72小时,仍没有释放。现已确认为刑拘。曹庆恩传道(16日)被带走至今(超过48小时)没有消息。家人去派出所询问,提到曹庆恩名字警察大怒,拒绝提供信息。王军弟兄16日因户外敬拜被带走,18日不愿签保证书,被行政拘留14日,妻子与吃奶的孩子被释放。教会成员被带到警察局后,手机会被强行打开,被监控。继续有弟兄姊妹被找,被带走,要求写保证书。

今天上午神学生戴志超被从家里带走,家人受到威胁。李英强长老家今天被警察再次抄家。刚刚得知会友刘洪良弟兄已被刑拘10日。

教会的脸书账户自12月11日就无法登陆,现已确认被警察控制,与之联系的账户受到攻击。

目前逼迫开始扩大到区会的其他堂会长老,温洪斌、晏鸿长老等分别被警察上门施压,有的出门会被尾随跟踪,有的直接被警告限制出门。

请众教会特别为秋雨圣约弟兄姐妹在如此大的试炼中,仍大有喜乐祷告。虽然在百般的试炼中经历暂时的忧愁,却叫我们的信心既被试验,就比那被火试验仍然能坏的金子更显宝贵,可以在耶稣基督显现的时候得着称赞、荣耀、尊贵。(彼得前书 1:6-7 和合本)。

求主赐力量坚固在囚禁中的人;赐恩典给受限制和尚有自由的弟兄姐妹,坚持以不同方式小组聚会查经,团契和主日敬拜。

请众教会代祷为在逼迫中信心软弱和恐惧的特别代祷。不让自己的失败(被胁迫写了什么保证书),还是自己的得胜(因而低看他人),成为与耶稣团契的隔阂,深信这些都被上帝在基督里美善和恩典遮盖,确信耶稣基督的宝血能够洗净我们一切的过犯,因为有一位真正体恤我们软弱的大祭司在高天之上为我们代求。求圣灵让众弟兄姐妹能够在上帝美善的话语中吃蜜,灵魂在患难中仍然甘甜喜乐。

求主给教会的长执同工弟兄姐妹信心,即使在黑暗暂把我们弟兄姐妹隐藏时,在我们心中点燃预报圣诞到来的蜡烛,让盼望,信心,喜乐与和平升起,相信那真光2000多年前就来到世界,要照耀一切生在世上的人。光照在黑暗中,黑暗不能胜过光。(约翰福音 1:9 新译本)

摘自一位弟兄歌曲:
《黑暗暂把他们隐藏》
患难 如影随形 四围仇敌环绕
生命却生生不息
墙内 有我亲爱弟兄的身影
温润如常
凡立志敬虔的人啊
黑暗暂把他们隐藏
来自同样一个盼望
在世间分合
聚散

哦主 引领我们 像羊入狼群
自由的走向捆绑
因你 也曾这样 为我们的过犯
被交付死地
这信心不断的刚强
在黑夜奔向黎明之前
看见世界就如昨天
一去不返
消散

你看 所有事物 都隐隐交织
汇成一首天上的歌
等待 凛冬过后 有雨水充盈
止住过去

美善默默的围绕
在每天赐下新的安慰
在巴比伦想起了锡安
于无主之地
哭泣 问安
忍耐 等候
祷告 祈求

美善默默的围绕
在每天赐下新的安慰
在巴比伦想起了锡安
于无主之地
哭泣 问安

美善默默的围绕
在每天赐下新的安慰
在巴比伦想起了锡安
于无主之地
哭泣 问安
哭泣 问安

秋雨圣约教会
2018年12月19日4:00发出

附:已被刑拘名单:
王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)
蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)
李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪)
覃德富长老(非法经营罪)
葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪)
李晓凤姐妹(以非法经营罪被传唤,已超过210个小时,还未收到拘留通知书)
吕金衡姐妹(非法经营罪)
付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪)
黄雅玲姐妹(寻衅滋事罪)
李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪)
王飞弟兄(寻衅滋事罪)
苏炳森长老(2018年12月17日22:17开始起算羁押期限,苏妻看到了拘留书,已关押于成都市看守所)

行政拘留名单:
程章纯传道(12月15日因寻衅滋事被行政拘留十四天)
刘鑫弟兄(12月10日因在微博发代祷信被警察以寻衅滋事传唤,之后转为行政拘留五天,16日上午已得自由)
王军弟兄(16日被抓,因不愿签保证书被行政拘留15日)
刘洪良(16日被抓,被行政拘留10日)

长期失联名单:
刘应许、宋恩光、丁书奇、梁华利(被羁押超过216小时)


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对教会的大抓捕,已经持续超过一周。昨天对教会的主日聚会仍大规模打压,大厦门口布满警察与便衣,靠近会堂的弟兄姊妹均会被带走。在外面聚集的也被闻风而来的警察带走,那些被带走的弟兄姊妹其中还有吃奶的婴儿,一直到今天凌晨一点多才被从派出所释放。

现在所有被刑拘的人,他们的律师都见不到当事人,都被以各种理由拒绝,如当事人被提审为理由拦阻不让见。葛迎峰的律师现在都见不到葛迎峰。王怡牧师的律师也是要与王怡家属见面立即被公安机关拦阻,随后被司法行政机关约谈。

教会成员之间的联络群被封锁,手机被监控,互相探访也会被拦阻,出门会有警察或社区人员跟着。一个柔弱的姊妹会被3-4人监控跟踪,愿上帝能开启他们的心,让他们看到他们惧怕什么。继续有弟兄姊妹被找,要求写保证书。

苏炳森长老(12月15日)和曹庆恩传道(16日)被带走至今(超过24小时)没有消息。

摘自一位刚刚出来的弟兄的随笔:

“对警察的爱,就是随时接受非法拘禁并且欢欢喜喜的踏进审讯室。

在里面,一想到妻子和家人(教会里都是家人),就想到他们同心合意的兴旺福音,于是忍不住就为他们大声的祷告,不住的感谢,无所惧怕。

警察说稳定胜过一切,我回答说灵魂价更高。

笔录结束,警察问你们的教义都有哪些? 我起身背诵: 你无论是生是死,唯一的安慰是什么? 答:我无论是生是死,身体灵魂皆非己有,而是属于我信实的救主耶稣基督……”

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月17日17:00发出

附:已被刑拘名单

王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪)

覃德富长老(非法经营罪)

葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪)

李晓凤姐妹(以非法经营罪被传唤,已超过120个小时,还未收到拘留通知书)

吕金衡姐妹(非法经营罪)

付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪)

黄雅玲姐妹(寻衅滋事罪)

李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪)

王飞弟兄(寻衅滋事罪)

行政拘留名单

程章纯传道(12月15日因寻衅滋事被行政拘留十四天)

刘鑫弟兄(12月10日因在微博发代祷信被警察以寻衅滋事传唤,之后转为行政拘留五天,今天上午已得自由)

长期失联名单

刘应许、宋恩光、丁书奇、梁华利(被羁押超过192小时)


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12月9日主日傍晚开始对教会的大抓捕,已经持续了整整一周。今天对教会的主日聚会仍大规模打压,靠近会堂的弟兄姊妹均被带走。有五六十位弟兄姊妹在附近一公园的聚集也被打断,带领的同工有三位被警察带走。一些姊妹带着年幼的孩子在学校操场晒太阳(其中几位姊妹的丈夫已被刑拘或传唤),全部被警察带到派出所,至今未归,其中还有吃奶的婴儿。

教会成员之间的联络群被封锁,手机被监控,随时有人跟踪、看守、驱散及带走,弟兄姊妹之间的探访和安慰也不被允准,有两位姊妹去探访李英强长老的妻子,被警察带走。另外,路雪涛弟兄从家中被警察带走。任瑞婷姊妹,江文宇弟兄今天下午分别被警察约谈。由于许多弟兄姊妹联系不上,保守统计,今天被警察带走的弟兄姊妹超过60人。感恩的是,有一些小组仍然平安地找到地方进行了主日的分享。

布道所德阳青草地所租的会堂被房东重新上锁,无法进入,郝鸣长老带领弟兄姊妹到河边举行了正式的主日崇拜,一切平安。

由于姜添传道被24小时看守在家,布道所福音堂有将近30个弟兄姐妹来到他家聚会,刚刚开始不久就来了将近30个警察、国保、民宗,包括局长和书记。他们抢了姜添传道的手机并打他,甚至把衣服都撕烂了,后来搜走了家里的一些资料,并威胁他签保证书。

下午,警车川A7303将邻溪树布道所曹庆恩传道从布道所门口带走。他们已经在布道所门口蹲伏了一周,曹庆恩传道主动走近,几十个国保和警察围上来,有几个给他摄像,摄了五分钟,就让他上了警车,开走了。

主啊,今天你的仆人王怡牧师已经被抓捕一周了,他用生命实践了他所传的道:

“至于我,活着是为了三件事:

跪着祷告,站着讲道,跑着宣教。

为此,主给我三个锦囊:

随时搬家,随时坐牢,随时回天家。”

主的爱不仅深深地激励了他,也激励了众多的弟兄姊妹,将生死置之度外,只愿主的福音快快传开。中国需要福音,这个古老的国度需要你圣灵悔改的洗,这里有十三亿不认识你将永沉地狱的人。求主将未来的中国赐给中国的教会,使这十三亿灵魂归入圣父圣子圣灵的名。至于我们,已在爱子中瞻仰了你的荣面,就心满意足了。

我带着使命向前走,

要唤醒沉睡的中国。

纵然流血的时候,

我也永远不回头。

我带着异象向前走,

要看到宣教的中国,

将福音传遍世界每个角落。

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月16日主日19:00发出

附:已被刑拘名单

王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪)

覃德富长老(非法经营罪)

葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪)

李晓凤姐妹(以非法经营罪被传唤,已超过120个小时,还未收到拘留通知书)

吕金衡姐妹(非法经营罪)

付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪)

黄雅玲姐妹(寻衅滋事罪)

李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪)

王飞弟兄(寻衅滋事罪)

行政拘留名单

程章纯传道(12月15日因寻衅滋事被行政拘留十四天)

刘鑫弟兄(12月10日因在微博发代祷信被警察以寻衅滋事传唤,之后转为行政拘留五天,今天上午已得自由)

长期失联名单

刘应许、宋恩光、丁书奇、梁华利(被羁押超过168小时)

张晓红(被羁押超过144小时)


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按照圣经的吩咐,今天是主日,是敬拜上帝的日子。虽然大部分弟兄姊妹被社区监管在家,牧师传道和弟兄姊妹有十几人被监禁,但还能自由出门的弟兄姊妹照常来到江信大厦我们自己的会堂,预备一起来朝见主。

教会楼下的铁门被锁,各个路口有大量的便衣和特警,拦阻我们进去会堂,并且带走了部分弟兄姊妹。随后,弟兄姊妹小范围地在附近公园聚集,也被警察拦阻,有三十多位弟兄姊妹被警察带走。

昨晚十一点,警察上一位会友家门,劝阻他明天不要去聚会,被拒绝后,把那位会友用绳子反绑压在地上带到派出所。警察昨晚也上门威胁一位被刑拘的长老的妻子不允许开放家庭聚会。这就是我们当前的环境。

主啊,今天我们在警车上敬拜你,在派出所敬拜你,在看守所敬拜你,在监狱敬拜你,也要在家里敬拜你。我们没有别的目的,只是要单单来敬拜你,坐在通往警局的大巴,如同走在锡安的大道。因为主你告诉我们,主你在寻找敬拜的人,就是在真理和圣灵里敬拜你的人。愿你悦纳我们的敬拜,我们一无所有,睢有把我们的心立刻地真诚地献上给你。

无论我,往哪里,

无论我,何境遇。

我愿一生遵行你旨意。

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月16日主日10:30发出

附:已被刑拘名单 王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪)

覃德富长老(非法经营罪)

葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪)

李晓凤姐妹(以非法经营罪被传唤,已超过120个小时,还未收到拘 留通知书)

吕金衡姐妹(非法经营罪)

付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪)

黄雅玲姐妹(寻衅滋事罪)

李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪)

王飞弟兄(寻衅滋事罪)

行政拘留名单

程章纯传道(12月15日因寻衅滋事被行政拘留十四天)

长期失联名单

刘应许、宋恩光、丁书奇、梁华利(被羁押超过144小时) 张晓红、刘鑫(被羁押超过120小时)


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警察给程章纯传道的妻子送来行政拘留告知书,他已被行政拘留十四天,拘留地点是郫都区看守所。恩约堂王飞弟兄因涉嫌“寻衅滋事罪”被刑拘。徐家乐执事及小组长朱红、郭海被警察分别从家中带走。还有一些小组长被控制在家。刚刚,苏炳森长老被警察从家中以“寻衅滋事”传唤。

教会的处境艰难,但是同工及弟兄姐妹敬拜的心仍然火热,警方动用大量警力想要阻拦我们明天去敬拜上帝,求主败坏他们的诡计。

主啊,唯有你是我们的倚靠,唯有你是我们的喜乐,唯有你是我们的平安。虽然这是一个不平安的圣诞月,但是我们仍然知道,你降生到这个世界,是为了我们。我们等候你,罪恶好像已经得胜,基督仍旧掌权。

基督是永生上帝的儿子,他为我们的罪而死,第三天复活,赐给我们永远的生命。无论是生是死,我们总是主的人。故此,我们活着就是为了敬拜主,我们等候仰望明天的主日。

随主到客西马尼,

随主到髑髅疆土,

最后到那永远家乡,

再无悲痛黑暗云雾。

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月15日22:00发出

附:已被刑拘名单

王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪)

覃德富长老(非法经营罪)

葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪)

李晓凤姐妹(以非法经营罪被传唤,已超过120个小时,还未收到拘留通知书)

吕金衡姐妹(非法经营罪)

付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪)

黄雅玲姐妹(寻衅滋事罪)

李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪)

王飞弟兄(寻衅滋事罪)

行政拘留名单

程章纯传道(12月15日因寻衅滋事被行政拘留十四天)

长期失联名单

刘应许、宋恩光、丁书奇、梁华利(被羁押超过144小时)

张晓红、刘鑫(被羁押超过120小时)

罗耀(失联超过72小时)


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程章纯传道昨晚八点被警察从家中带走,至今未归,警察绐他妻子发短信通知,程传道因涉嫌违 法被传唤。王运派王珊珊夫妇昨晚八点被警察从 家中带走,至今未归。目前教会一些同工及弟兄 姊妹楼下仍然有多名警察看守。不少被遣返的弟 兄姊妹受到当地政府继续地骚扰和看守。

据一些出来的弟兄姊妹见证,他们在被看守中讲明福音,用受苦的方式为主作了美好的见证。一 些警察和工作人员对福音很感兴趣,甚至留下地址索要圣经。求主在这批对教会进行大逼迫的执法人员中,拣选一批他自己的儿女。

主啊,这个世界最大的自由就是成为你儿女的自由,你告诉我们,我们必晓得真理,真理必叫我 们得以自由。求你的灵来充满我们,使我们自由地破拜,自由地进监牢,自由地传福苜。赐给我们自由而高贵的心,使我们成为自由的罪犯,愿意被这个世界拘禁,因为仆人不能大于主人,他们既然逼迫了你,也要逼迫我们。

我们也祈求你赦免他们,因为他们所做的,他们不知道。求你来幵启他们的眼睛,看到你的荣耀,成为你自由的儿女!愿你成为他们的拯救和盼望,好使他们逃脱那永死的审判!

十字架,十字架,永是我的荣耀!

我众罪都洗清洁,唯靠基督宝血!

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月15日11:00发出

附:已被刑拘名单 王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪〉

覃德富长老(非法经营罪〉

葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪〉

李晓凤姊妹(以非法经营罪被传唤,已超过120 个小时,还未收到拘留通知书)

吕金衡姊妹(非法经营罪〉

付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪〉

黄雅玲姊妹(寻衅滋事罪〉

李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪〉

长期失联名单

刘应许、宋恩光、丁书奇、梁华利(被羁押超过 130小时)

张晓红、朱姿君、林恩典、张燕、陈雪麟、焦振 (被羁押超过120小时)

刘鑫(被羁押超过115小时)

罗耀、任瑞婷(失联超过72小时)


秋雨纖教会紧急代贿息15

朱晓光弟兄被警察从家中带到太升路派出所,警察口头告知其妻子有可能会因非法经营被刑拘,目前还未收到书面通知。己确知李子虎长老因寻衅滋事罪被刑拘。另外,一些不安全的迹 象表明,秋雨圣约教会脸书己被警察控制。故此,秋雨圣约教会的Facebook脸书己经停止使用。

上一封代祷信中提到几位来成都探访的外地牧者的名字,由于未提前征得同意,有可能对他们的探访造成不必要的麻烦,在此致歉。求主耶稣基督的宝血遮盖,使我们在囯度的连接上彼 此搭配得合适。谢谢众牧者的代祷和安慰。

如经上所记:我们为你的缘故终日被杀;人看我们如将宰的羊 。然而,靠着爱我们的主,在这一切的事上己经得胜有余了。 因为我深信无论是死,是生,是天使,是掌权的,是有能的, 是现在的事,是将来的事,是高处的,是低处的,是别的受造 之物,都不能叫我们与神的爱隔绝;这爱是在我们的主基督耶 稣里的。(罗马书8:36-39)

求主在这惨淡时期之内,

檫千我一切暗中的眼泪。

学习知道你是我的安慰,

并求别人喜悦以度此岁。

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月14曰21:00发出

附:秋雨圣约教会关子法律援助的公告

自12月9日教案开始至今,己有超过十位弟兄姊妹(含牧师、长 老和执事)被追究刑事责任,并出具了法律文书。同时,亦有部分律师表示愿意提供法律帮助。考虑到教案首先是一场属灵的争战,我们不会否认自己的信仰以及与之相关的事实和证据 ,我们也相信被羁押的牧者同工都不会认为自己有犯罪的意图和行动。

然而,出于见证信仰的目的,同时也为了执法者的益处,在适当的时候我们会协助家属聘请律师为他们辩护。但在目前,考虑到对律师潜在的风险,和当前司法的实际状况,暂不建议律师大规模的介入。

教会谨向一切出子公义与私谊而勇敢站出来的法律人表示感谢,并求主记念你们的摆上!

秋雨圣约教会长老会 2018.12.14

附:己被刑拘名单 王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪)

李英強长老(寻衅滋事罪)

葦德富长老(非法经营罪)

葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪)

李晓凤姊妹(以非法经营罪被传唤,己超过120个小时,还未收 到拘留通知书)

吕金衡姊妹(非法经营罪)

付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪)

黄雅玲姊妹(寻衅滋事罪)

李子虎长老(寻衅滋事罪)

长期失联名单

刘应许、宋恩光、丁书奇(被羁押超过120小时)


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前被关在新津县法制学习中心的同学们陆续被遣返回老家。老家的政 府、居委会、派出所等陆续找他们谈话,有些弟兄姊妹身份证被扣,监视在家,不准回成都。

昨晚一位姊妹顺产生下儿子,这是他们的第一个孩子,她的丈夫(也是人 文学院的学生)反复要求陪产,却不被允准,反而被强制遣返山西老家。

感谢主,国内众多牧者用各样方式鼓励安慰我们。北京守望教会金天明牧师,贵阳活石教会仰华牧师,贵阳仁爱归正教会张春雷长老等发声明与王怡牧师同罪。徐州道恩长老会方晓军牧师,厦门巡司顶教会杨希伯传道,重庆橄榄山教会付永刚传道等牧者同工来到成都与秋雨圣约教会同受逼迫。方哓军牧师已被从徐州来的国保找到。

感谢主,海外各教会都在密切关注我们并为我们祷告。约翰派博牧师,约翰傅瑞姆牧师,提姆凯勒牧师,斯蒂芬乔德斯牧师等众多牧者及弟兄姊妹,都在为我们祷告。

主啊,你的美意本是如此,你让这间教会藉着受苦,来激励你的众儿女走十字架的道路。十字架连接着永恒的世界和短暂的世界,对一个不相信上帝的掌权者而言,十字架是睢一能让他们认识上帝的道路。

爱生于何处?爱生于髑髅地,生于各各它,生于十字架,生于主耶稣流血 的肋旁。因为在那里,耶稣为爱受难。

我们若果癫狂,是为神;若果谨守,是为你们。原来基督的爱激励我们,因我们想,一人既替众人死,众人就都死了;并且他替众人死,是叫那些 活着的人不再为自己活,乃为替他们死而复活的主活。(林后 5:13-15)

但遵神旨,莫问前程。

同心协力,兴旺福音。

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月14日11:00发出

附上已被刑拘的名单

王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权)

蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权)

李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪)

覃德富长老(非法经营罪)

葛迎锋执事(非法经营罪)

李晓凤姊妹(以非法经营罪被传唤,已超过110个小时,还未收到拘留通知书)

吕金衡姊妹(非法经营罪)

付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪)

黄雅玲姊妹(寻衅滋事罪)

长期失联名单

刘应许、丁书奇、宋恩光(失联110小时)


张新月写给李英强长老的信

亲爱的大头:

昨天晚上我睡了个好觉,早晨起来得知你被找到带走了,那一刻我的心里非常平静, 因为我知道对于那一刻,你早预备好了。

今天晚上我失眠了,我感觉你现在肯定也不好过,干脆陪你一起不睡吧。和你说说话, 万一你能看到呢。

据说他们一般会带卷你回来抄家,我潜意识里想趁着这个机会看你一眼,但是到现在还 没来,不等了。对他们,我一点也不恨,倒是很同情,希望你也如此。

我知道你肯定挺为我担心的,因为最近 我在你面前的表现实在太糟糕了,但是我现在 挺好的,这两天我比以往任何时候都爱主,心里更多的是平安喜乐。夜晚的时候,眼泪会自 己流出来,但不是悲伤,具体说不上是什么原因,刚才我实实在在为这事想了很久,我在想,我哭啥子呢?最后我问自己,你难道不想为了主,经历这一点点的痛苦吗?结论是:我愿愆,很愿意,因为我知道,这至暂至轻的痛苦,和将来永久的茉耀相比,实在是不值一 提,这个账我还是会算的。那我为什么哭呢? 可能只是因为我还是个人吧。只是你完全可以 放心,哭是一回瑱,哭完是另一回事。我允许 自己哭,但是我一点也没有绝望的感觉,想找 也找不出来。有时候我想绝望一下,悲惝一 下,但是实在是没有那种感觉,还是算了。我想是主已经把那个绝望填满了吧。

娃们还是会想你,我对他们说,想爸爸 才是正常的,不想才奇怪呢,想就想呗。小弟 马上说,睡卷了就不想了。然后他们马上就睡着了。

今天下午按照约定的时间和你一起祷告了的,抱歉晚了十几分钟的样子。

最后,我想说,知道自己在经历什么,会得到什么,这种感觉好极了。我实在是感谢我们在天上的父,他的安排肯定是最好的,不会错的。所以,还有什么好说的呢,欢欢喜喜领受吧。

爱你!睡觉去了。

2018-12.12 3:52


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今天中午,覃德富长老妻子收到12月10日的挂号信,覃德富长老因涉嫌“非法经营罪”被刑事拘留。另外,付礼俊弟兄也因涉嫌“非法经营罪”被刑事拘留。

布道所迦南堂程章纯传道昨晚被警察十多人 到家中约谈,随后带到派出所,直至九点放 出,家门口及会堂门口均被装上摄像头。布道所德阳青草地武见男传道今天上午从德阳 家中被带走至城北派出所。布道所恩约堂李子虎长老夫妇从昨晚在会堂被带走,已失联24小时。恩约堂同工黄雅玲姊妹因涉嫌“寻衅滋事罪”被刑事拘留。

布道所福音堂姜添传道被威胁,若继续聚会 就刑拘他。布道所邻溪树会堂门口及曹庆恩传道家门口被人全天监控。

主啊,我们只能将荣耀归给你,这是一群你从十字架所生的儿女,他们甘于为信仰付上 代价。他们不是为了自己,乃是为了你的国度,为了对灵魂的爱,为了坚守从你而来的呼召,愿意为弟兄舍命。

因为我们活着就是基督,死了就有益处。我们凡事只尊崇基督。若君王的吩咐要让我们违背基督,那我们只有不服从,并将自己的生命一次又一次地摆上。掌权者想用暴力使我们恐惧及屈服,但是我们里面爱胜过了这一切,这爱是在我们的主耶稣基督里。

谢谢全球弟兄姊妹的代祷和关注,教会是基督的身体,是那充满万有者所充满的。

古旧的十字架是我的倚靠,

世人看为羞耻我看为珍宝。

背起我的十架前路我奔跑,

十字架是我的荣耀!

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月13日19:00发出


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有消息称,蒋蓉师母因煽动颠覆国家 政权被指定居所居住。律师要求会见在看守所的葛迎锋执事,被各种理由 阻挠,这样的限制会见是违反法律规 定的。更正消息,吕金衡姊妹的罪名 也是涉嫌“非法经营”。覃德富长老被 羁押超过84个小时,目前没有消息。

另有一个非常恶劣的消息传来,神学院同工李晓凤姊妹家在9号晚七点多就十多人断电为诱饵闯入,出示非 法经营的传唤,按住和带走她丈夫沈 冰,然后开姶控制她并粗暴搜查她的 家,抄走很多书和手机与硬盘。在手铐羁押沈冰24小时后,交给他李晓 凤的全套衣服,迄今未告知其他消息和下落。

神学生任瑞婷姊妹和神学院同工唐 雨虹老师昨晚失联。李子虎长老昨晚 带领二十多位弟兄姊妹逬入被取缔查封的布道所恩约堂,发来消息称有 二十多位宗教局人员过来,之后全部 失去联系。

武见男传道带领弟兄姊妹预备逬入被取缔查封的布道所德阳青草地,被警察驱散。他回到家后家里门被撬幵后虚掩,没有财物丟失。

有消息传来,宋恩光弟兄今天要被警察送回河南老家,筈察电话通知她妻子今天中午十二点前离开成都。另外,神学生丁书奇弟兄等至今失联已 经超过80个小时,被捕后释放的弟兄姊妹也没有见过他。

已被释放的一位姊妹说,仍然有五十多位神学生及人文学院学生在新津 县法制学习中心等待遣返,弟兄姊妹 选出学生代表与官方交涉,争取到读 圣经和公共崇拜的自由,每天下午安 排一位学生带领灵修短讲,弟兄姊妹用火一般的信仰览那里变成敬拜的 会堂。

主啊,你是昔在、今在、以后永在的全能者,我们要在家中敬拜你,在会堂敬拜你,也要在看守所、监牢中敬 拜你。这个国家不敬拜你,但是我们 要敬拜你。因为唯有你是那一位曾经 死过又复活的主,你要掌权柄直到永 远!教会是主基督的新妇,是圣洁没 有瑕疵的,愿主悦纳我们的敬拜!

万王之王,万主之主,

唯有你配得敬拜和尊崇!

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月丨3日10:10发出


华西圣约人文学院12.9逼迫简讯

各位在主里深深挂念我们的肢体们平安!12月9日下午开始,秋雨圣约 教会,秋雨学堂,神学院,人文学院 相继经历了各种方式的逼迫。牧师长执被强行带走,人文学院的四间学 生宿舍相继被破门,在没有任何手续和理由的情况下,宿舍内的所有同学均被强行带走。

12月9日晚上8点半左右人文学院树蓓巷男生宿舍被破门,所有弟兄被非 法带走,共8人。

12月9日晚上8点37分,人文学院曹家巷女生宿舍被破门,分两次带走了所有姊妹,共12人。在曹家巷派出所录指纹后半夜被转移到新津县法制教育中心。

12月9日晚上人文学院蓥华寺男生宿舍被破门,翁广河弟兄被带走,随后又返回宿舍带走另外四位本科的弟兄。

12月9日晚约10点左右,人文学院 建青弟兄和同小组的李成菊姊妹被 扣押在另外一位信徒家中,非法调查个人信息,因为拒绝配合两人被不同程度的施暴。之后被反绑带去成华跳腊河派出所。(当晚是夫妻小组爱筵,12位以上的便衣在未出示任何手续的情况下强行闯入客厅押走葛迎锋执事)

12月10日晚10点左右,人文学院太升大厦宿舍被警方撬门,张燕姊妹和吴宗蔓姊妹被从宿舍带走。

12月10日晚10点左右,建青弟兄被释放。

12月11日上午11点左右,人文学院太升大厦宿舍再次被破门,剩余10名女生全部被带走,最小的仅16岁。

至此,人文学院共计有36位同学被带走,至今杳无音信,没有任何消息。仅知道全部都被带到成都新津县的法制教育中心。

12月11日下午两点半左右,肖月姊妹被从新津带回户籍地大邑县,被遣返在家,目前已联系到,情况良好。

12月12日晚9点左右,周小娟姊妹 从新津释放,被遣送回老家。已经确定联系,并告知我们仍有50多位弟兄姊妹在新津县法制教育中心集中关押,等待被遣送回原籍。但都有活动自由,大家也都非常喜乐和合一,在超过48小时的非法拘禁后,大家自发从中选举出代表,与警方谈判,要求返回圣经和自由敬拜,并决定禁食。感谢主,谈判争取到大家可以读 圣经,并可以有公共崇拜,大家每日上下午都有神学生带领敬拜,在居住的户外露台上敬拜不断。拘留所成为主福音的布道场和祂儿女们敬拜的地方,荣耀归于主!愿主得荣耀!我们听到此消息后大得安慰,小娟姊妹称里面的弟兄姊妹目前状态非常稳定和喜乐,没有任何状况,食宿生活正常有保障,大家都非常珍惜在被捆绑中一起的敬拜。主的灵在哪里, 哪里就有自由! 相同时间,吴宗蔓姊妹被华阳派出所释放,暂未联系。


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下午,王怡牧师的妈妈告诉我们,她收到消息,王怡牧师已经因涉嫌”煽动颠覆国家政权罪”被刑事拘留。李英强长老的妻子接到太升路派出所电话,李英强长老因涉嫌”网络寻衅滋事”被刑事拘留,请妻子明天去领取他的个人物品。

之前已知被拘留的有,葛迎锋执事因涉嫌”非法经营”,吕金衡姊妹因涉嫌“非法出版”。最早被抓捕的覃德富长老、宋恩光弟兄、刘应许弟兄、叶隐弟兄等被羁押超过72小时仍然没有消息,一些弟兄姊妹至今失联。

看守在新津县法制学习中心的弟兄姊妹陆续被遣送回原籍,当局通知他们的户口所在地政府来成都领人。有神学生被遣送回原籍后,立即收到当地警方的约谈信息。神学院及人文学院的宿舍几乎均被查抄。

在逼迫之下,众多弟兄姊妹仍勇敢地前去参加今晚的各个查经小组,大部分可以正常进行,弟兄姊妹一起唱诗赞美,恒切祷告。有一些小组受到警方的骚扰,一位组长家庭楼下停有三辆警车,警察正在检查他们的身份证。这一场进行了三天三夜的大抓捕仍在继续。

主啊,你赐给你的仆人和儿女何等大的荣耀,你使他们与你同受患难,也使他们至死忠心。主耶稣基督,你曾被挂在木头上,罪名就是”煽动颠覆国家政权”,唯有你可以颠覆这个颠倒黑白的世界,这世界的王已经受到了审判。

你的国度已经降临,你的统治存到永远,你永远以慈爱和真理治理你的百姓,并赐给他们出人意料的平安。愿你用真理来颠覆我们,使我们将你的真理向这个国家宣讲出来。因我们没有别的兵器,只有祷告和圣经;也没有别的盼望,除了你的受难和复活。

基督是主,恩典为王。

背负十架,奋兴福音。

求主帮助我们,赐加倍的喜乐给我们!

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2018年12月12日20:00发出


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王怡牧师夫妇及约八十位同工及弟兄姊妹已经失联超过60个小时。部分会友家门口仍然有警车停靠,便衣全天监视。最新消息,葛迎锋执事因非法经营罪被拘留在成都市看守所。

刚刚,孙爱伦姊妹和三个孩子、徐家乐执事夫妇、丰晓静姊妹及肖荦彪副执事在探访被释放的朱红弟兄时,从朱红家中一起被警察带往曹家巷派出所。

教会长老会发布12月12日教会全天禁食祷告的呼吁,另外也有一些基督徒自发呼吁全球的禁食祷告会。求主赐给我们对灵魂的爱,这些执法者是何等需要基督的福音,他们大大得罪了上帝。我们要为他们祷告,因为我们曾经也和他们一样。

愿主亲自对我们说安慰的话,因为他为我们舍命。我们与受患难的弟兄姊妹同受患难,同受捆绑,也愿主那如江河般的平安涌流在我们心中。

根据教会的预案,今晚各个小组聚会照常进行,请弟兄姊妹预备好心志,在各样的困苦和危险中经历圣灵的充满和生命的更新。家庭聚会是我们最后的底线,我们愿意进派出所,愿意失去自由,因为我们不愿意错过这场属灵的爱筵。

咒诅他受,祝福我享。

苦杯他饮,爱宴我尝。

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2018年12月12日13:00发出


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距离王怡牧师夫妇失联已经超过48小时,王怡牧师提前写好了一封被拘留超过48小时后发布的声明,已于刚才发出。谢谢各地弟兄姊妹恒切地关注和代祷,上帝必看顾他的仆人。

葛迎锋执事的妻子已经接到通知,葛执事已经被刑拘,被拘留在溪埔派出所。另外,一位姊妹告诉我们,有47位弟兄姊妹被关押在新律县法制学习中心,有两位姊妹被扒光衣服检查。一位正在医院生产的姊妹的丈夫,他已经失联超近48小时,求主看顾生产的平安!

另外,布道所的李子虎长老已经被释放出来得以自由。教会注意到有一封今天12:20所发出的一封代祷信,在此澄清不是由官方发布的,鼓励弟兄姊妹及朋友们多多关注并转发个人的代祷信息,但不要用官方的署名。

目前当局仍在逼迫弟兄姊妹签署不去秋雨聚会的保证书,有一些弟兄被遣送回外地,社区也藉房东逼迫弟兄姊妹搬迁。同时,国内外对秋雨圣约教会及王怡牧师的声援和代祷不断增多,很多弟兄姊妹实名发布声明与王怡牧师同罪。

深哉,神丰富的智慧和知识。他的判断何其难测!他的踪迹何其难寻!谁知道主的心?谁作过他的谋士呢?谁是先给了他,使他后来偿还呢?因为万有都是本于他,倚靠他,归于他。愿荣耀归给他,直到永远。阿门!

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月11日19:50发出


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12月11日凌晨两点左右,李英强长老在逃亡过程中被警察抓捕。至此,教会母堂的牧师及四位长老均被抓捕,其中两位长老被释放后监视在家。传道及部分神学生被抓捕或被监视在家。布道所的李子虎长老夫妇至今失联,布道所均被取缔或查抄。

我们不知道他们的抓捕要到什么时候,也不知道还有没有下一条代祷信息,因为在这里毫无隐私可言。他们对仁爱温柔的基督徒动用暴力机器和技术手段进行抓捕及威胁,我们如羊进入狼群。

他们想把秋雨教会从这个国家彻底抹掉,但主的旨意是让这间教会更深地印在这个国家,也深刻在他们心里。主的教会是这个世界上唯一存到永远的共同体,今天就让这承载永恒生命的我们来遭遇这地一切的苦难、邪恶和眼泪,这是主的美意,是我们杯中的份,愿主使我们的福杯满溢!

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2018年12月11日10:00发出


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有三位已经被放出的弟兄姊妹告诉我们,他们今天在派出所被警察施暴,甚至用脚踩踏。其中一位弟兄深夜一点被绑住手脚拖走,羁押一整天,腿部多处被折磨出血,身体多处受伤。这些恶行令人发指。

一位弟兄说他被关的24小时内警察没有给他吃一口饭,没有喝一口水,被剥夺休息时间,整晚被绑在椅子上只睡了两三个小时。

九点左右警察请消防人员破门,进入教会人文学院女生宿舍,将其中的十二名女生全部带走。教会一间在达州的布道所在晚上九点被警察进入检查,负责同工被带走。

在晚上十点左右,有弟兄看到教会附近一辆车中下来三十多名佩戴工牌的年轻小伙子进入教会大楼。我们估计,这些人有备而来,将大大破坏、损毁教会和教会学堂的设备。

夜深了,但是仍有许多弟兄姊妹失联,我们不知道在哪里去寻找这些被带走的弟兄姊妹,父母在寻找儿女,妻子在寻找丈夫,弟弟在寻找姐姐……

主啊,求你察看你儿女的冤情,这个国家践踏你儿女的尊严,但这些儿女是你眼中的瞳仁。你必用你慈爱的手医治这些伤痕,并让我们在受苦中学习爱神和学习基督的忍耐。主啊,愿你快来!

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月10日23:45发出


 

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距离王怡牧师及多位长老同工被传唤失联已经超过24小时,目前仍不知道他们被传唤的地点和事由。有一些弟兄姊妹被传唤后释放出来,在家中被人监视。一位在校学生因为帮忙编辑教会资料被警方赶到东北进行拘留,罪名是涉嫌非法出版。另有一些神学生被拘留。

昨晚至现在,大量警力进出教会,不准弟兄姊妹进入,预计教会已被取缔查封。另外教会的三间布道所在今天收到取缔通知书,有两间的传道人被带到派出所失联。成都另外几间教会的牧师及传道人均被约谈控制。

对弟兄姊妹的骚扰、威胁和抓捕仍在继续,警察刚刚破门而入人文学院女生宿舍。由于警方对会友家庭持续地骚扰,许多会友今晚有家不能回,四处流离。

争战仍在继续,请弟兄姊妹继续关注代祷。我们这至暂至轻的苦楚,要为我们成就极重无比永远的荣耀。愿主的旨意行在我们身上!

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月10日20:16发出


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目前,教会楼下停了几辆大货车,警察开始搬运教会的物资。

警方继续去会友家中施压,让他们必须签署不去秋雨非法集会的保证书,否则就会被带走。陆续有会友被带走或失联。有一些会友被控制在教会,另外有不少被控制在家中,警察也去会友的单位施压和约谈。

目前有超过100位弟兄姊妹被带走,有很多孩子被迫与父母分开,由其他的会友看顾。

黑暗过后是光明。主啊,求你打开我们的眼睛,让我们看见天开了,人子坐在父神的右边。求主赐下天使天军来护卫祢的百姓,让我们以受苦的心志为兵器,来迎接一场属灵的大复兴。

秋雨圣约教会

2018年12月10日14:20发出


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王怡牧师及多位长老同工弟兄姊妹已经失联超过15小时,对同工及会友的抓捕仍在继续,有一位长老和几位组长在各处躲避警察的抓捕,家中的妻儿都被门口的警察堵住。

警察出动社区等大量骚扰会友,说教会已经被取缔,威胁他们必须签署不去教会聚会的保证书,有警察去单位找会友约谈。今天白天教会楼下有警察把守,把来教会学堂上学的孩子遣返,一位小学生被带到派出所做笔录。

教会的布道所邻溪树教会被民宗局打电话告知,今天下午会送来取缔书。

另外还有不少弟兄姊妹持续失联中,弟兄姊妹的网络通讯等也受到大范围干扰,郭海波律师被警察定位找到后带走。

从目前的形式看,当局在到处乱抓教会的会友,彻夜追查威胁,多部门协同逼迫教会,同时有很多同一区会的传道人被警方约谈。

求主将512所显的神迹再一次显给我们看,求主将祂对教会坚定不移的爱赐在我们心里,求主使我们在困苦中信心坚定,不出卖主的名,愿意为主受苦、坐监、舍命,把此看为今生最荣耀的冠冕。

秋雨圣约教会

主后2018年12月10日12:15发出


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谢谢世界各地弟兄姊妹及朋友对我们的关注和代祷。12月9日(主日)傍晚开始对教会的大抓捕仍在继续,甚至有四川警力不远千里来到一位回东北的会友家,深夜紧急传唤审问,会友门前的敲门声从深夜到清晨仍不断响起。

他们动用各种手段想把弟兄姊妹带走询问,甚至砸门,用探照灯,威胁等,不少弟兄姊妹深夜被吵醒带走,连年幼的孩子也有一些随父母被带到派出所,目前仍不清楚事由。具不完全统计,目前被带到派出所的弟兄姊妹超过80人。很多弟兄姊妹家门口及楼下有警察把守。

这场逼迫也针对基督教教育而来。苏炳森长老(还在派出所没有出来)的妻子说:“刚才凌晨四点一十,有两位教育部门的女士来我家把我叫醒,询问了孩子的情况,登记了孩子的姓名和年龄,然后给我讲解义务教育法,说要把两个大的孩子弄到电子科大的附属小学去。说国家要强制执行义务教育法。我说你已经传达了,谢谢,我们不去,要抓他们父母随便。她们说再联系。走了。”请弟兄姊妹特别为秋雨归正学堂祷告。

求主为我们伸冤,主必监察这一切的事,我们继续祷告及交托,将我们的信仰向这个世界显明,因为主耶稣基督那钉痕的手,搀拉着我们走永生的道路。求主败坏魔鬼撒旦一切的计谋,因为教会的主耶稣基督已经击伤了蛇的头。

秋雨圣约教会

主后2018年12月10日8:00发出。

附录:截止到2018年12月10日5:00已经被带走的弟兄姊妹名单:

1王怡牧师

2蒋蓉师母

3蒋若琳姊妹

4葛迎峰执事

5.朱红弟兄

6.覃德富长老,肖红柳姊妹(夫妇)

7.叶隐弟兄

8.张建青弟兄

9.刘应许弟兄

10张国庆副执事

11苏炳森长老夫妻(妻子23点多回家)

12肖英山弟兄

13宋恩光、丰晓静夫妇

14.肖宝刚弟兄

15 周小娟姊妹

16 周勇弟兄

17 树蓓巷男寝失联 确认没人,均被带走

18 曹家巷女寝失联 确认没人,均被带走

19 神学生卢亚和一个弟兄.

20 神学院~王西燕姊妹。 黄宁宁姊妹。周东东弟兄失联

21 吴五清弟兄

22 潘飞弟兄与刘恒奇弟兄失联

23 严熙夏长老

24 丁书奇弟兄

25 冉云飞弟兄与王伟姊妹夫妇

26姜添传道

27吴思泽弟兄

28付礼俊弟兄

29李德惠姊妹

30.李成菊姊妹和孩子

31.刘小乐和孩子

32.王军弟兄

33.裴文举夫妇

34梁华利弟兄及室友

35江文宇弟兄

36冉小苒姊妹

37吕金衡姊妹

38易音祥弟兄

39侯宏恩弟兄

40.翁广河弟兄

41.刘贺弟兄

42.康凯弟兄

43.王西旺弟兄

44.林恩典弟兄

45.杨路加弟兄

46.仝飞飞弟兄

47.康绍信弟兄

48.桑恩随弟兄

49.潘飞弟兄

50.刘恒奇弟兄

51.冉一非弟兄

52朱蕾姊妹

53.陈志斌弟兄

以上不完全统计已超过80人。

20181210上午7:30更新:

张国庆副执事和周勇弟兄被释放。

张国庆家有人强行入住,24小时监控。

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12月9日主日傍晚开始,成都市公安局部署大量警察,同时连续地冲击教会同工及弟兄姊妹的家庭,牧师及几乎一半的同工从家中被带走,目前有五十多位弟兄姊妹被带到派出所,抓捕还在继续进行。 王怡牧师夫妇,覃德富长老,苏炳森长老,严熙夏长老,葛迎锋执事,冉云飞夫妇,宋恩光弟兄从家中带走失联,张国庆副执事,朱红弟兄在探访观望的时候被带走,教会的微信群被封,同工的微信基本被永久封禁,神学院的宿舍和人文学院的学生宿舍有两个被冲击,其中学生全被带走。临近半夜,不少教会同工和弟兄姊妹的门口有警察疯狂敲门,试图破门而入。 同时,有几位家庭被抄家,警方蛮横无理,不顾家中妻子和年幼的孩子。教会楼下有警车,大量警力在教会附近徘徊。 时候到了。噢,主啊,你设立这间教会不就是为了这个时候吗?愿祢显出你的荣耀来,让我们在祢复活的日子被带走,在祢被审问的深夜被审问,也求祢复活的能力充满我们。我们等候祢,如同守夜的等候天明! 恳请弟兄姊妹继续关注和代祷。 秋雨圣约教会 2018年12月10日凌晨1:20发出。

秋雨圣约紧急代祷1

今天(20181209)晚上六点左右,一位同工在教会楼下被警车带走,随后他所住的地方被大量警察进入检查。同时,教会全职工人宋恩光弟兄夫妇家里被断电,随后有人敲门。楼下有十几位警察把守,并把去看望的三位弟兄带走,宋恩光失联。 王怡牧师及师母失联,家中大量警察和国宝在楼下把守,以后看到被传唤带走。覃德富长老在家中被十几位警察按住抄家,苏炳森长老夫妇,葛迎锋执事,张国庆副执事被带走,还有十几位的同工和弟兄姊妹被带走或警察上门带走。教会楼下有大量警车,大量警察进入教会。还有更多弟兄姊妹家有许多警察上门要带走人。 恳求弟兄姊妹关注及代祷。 2018年12月9日21:36发出。


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