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Editors note: These Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletins (below) are directly from the church in Chengdu, China seeking to communicate with their church members in the underground movement and seeking prayer and help from the watching world, especially followers of Christ. Special thanks to Brent Pinkall for translating these bulletins and reports and helping make them available to the public. Please pray and share with others.

To read all the original Chinese bulletins and reports to date(中文) from December 2018 : Click Here

To read several key papers by Pastor Wang Yi and other persecuted Chinese leaders (English and Chinese): Click Here


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (07/10/19)

July 4: Husband and wife Chen Shaowen and Li Chengju and their children were suddenly summoned to the Caoshi Road Police Station in Qingyang District. The reason given was that sister Li Chengju was distributing gospel tracts at the vegetable market. Police took administrative appeal documents from their home that appealed their previous administrative detention. Police also took other items such as computers and cell phones. On the evening of July 5th, brother Chen was notified by the police station that sister Li Chengju may have already been placed in criminal detention (the notification letter may have been mailed to her hometown). But the police station did not state the reason for detaining her.

July 9: It has been seven months since the litigation against Early Rain began. More than ten families are still being illegally monitored, followed, and frequently harassed since this began on December 9th. Harassments include forcing children to attend public schools, evicting families from their homes and then evicting them again after they move into new homes, prohibiting brothers and sisters from visiting each other, etc. We thank God for leading us through these trials and allowing us to share in this calling. “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.” (Phil. 1:29)

We also thank God for giving so many brothers and sisters with obedient and steadfast hearts. As many churches within God’s kingdom of grace suffer with us, he has shown them that “it is good…to share in our trouble.” (Phil. 4:14). We have experienced God’s wonderful promises, faithfulness, and comfort. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Is. 41:10)

May God continue to protect the leaders in jail. We have not received any reliable information for seven months. For seven months, they have undergone all manner of interrogations and suffering. “We do this for the faith.” “We have no hatred in our hearts.” May God lead his children. May he unite them even more to Christ. May he help them to hold fast to what is good, rooted and built up in the faith. May he transform their minds and make them to shine like stars.

May God also manifest his will in this anxious age and in this country full of perils. From the north to the south, from the east to the west, “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24) May God’s gospel of peace spread throughout the earth. May he protect churches all throughout China that are being persecuted. May God receive glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations. (Eph. 3:21)

To those churches and Christians throughout the whole world loved by God: May God “equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Heb. 13:21)

Early Rain Covenant Church
July 10, 2019


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (06/28/19)

June 20: In the morning, police entered the home of a couple, saying they needed to register their address. A few children were studying and playing in the home at the time. Immediately afterward, officers from the North Renmin Street Police Station and the Bureau of Education appeared. A few parents who rushed over to get their children were taken to the North Renmin Street Police Station, along with their children. One brother there was slapped in the face. After a few hours, the parents and children were taken away by officers from their respective local police stations. They were not released until later that afternoon and evening.

Lord, show your kindness and mercy. Cover the eyes of the wicked and destroy the schemes of evildoers. Protect your little sheep. Over the past six months, many children have seen their parents being monitored, followed, taken away, insulted, and even beaten. They have experienced the pain of being separated. They have experienced real spiritual warfare. Dispel all fear from their hearts and from the hearts of their parents. Turn them into people who will follow you all the days of their lives.

June 25: Brother Ma, who is blind, after moving and starting a new blind massage parlor, was once again told by his landlord that he must move out. She said she is still being pressured by local authorities. Recently, a number of families have already moved or have been required to move. Lord, you are the Lord of all the earth. We are strangers and sojourners here. Lead each of these people and their families. You alone make us to dwell in safety. Bless those who have helped families from Early Rain in various ways, and have mercy on each person in this world whose soul is deceived.

During the past six months, many brothers and sisters have suffered various losses. But we are thankful for their endurance in the midst of these difficult times. We are even more thankful for the ways in which God has comforted and encouraged us through his Word. “Sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” (Heb. 10:33-36)

We are also thankful that, in the midst of these difficulties over the past six months, many brothers and sisters have announced that they have begun dating. Others are preparing for marriage. Some have already had their weddings and others are about to have their weddings. We offer up blessings and thanksgivings to God. The church is a large family. Some meet in church buildings and some do not. Some have been forcibly scattered. Some in the church are strong, and some are weak. Some are married, and some are single. But regardless of our situations, may we, as a family, bear this yoke together and resist the schemes of Satan.

We also continue to pray for Pastor Wang Yi, Elder Li Yingqiang, Elder Qin Defu, and brother Gou Zhongcan. They have become “ambassadors in chains” for the sake of the gospel. May they do the will of God in jail. May God comfort their family members and their church family. May God also have mercy on those who are persecuting church members. There is persecution without and war within. In the midst of these trials and tribulations, may we become a band of brothers in Christ. “None who wait for you shall be put to shame.” For nothing compares to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ and gaining him.

There is war without and fear within. Brothers and sisters from churches all over the world, blameless and innocent children of God who are living in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, “you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.” (Phil. 2:15-16) “Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.” (Eph. 6:23-24)

Early Rain Covenant Church
June 28, 2019


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (06/19/19)

June 11: Pastor Wang Yi’s wife Jiang Rong was released on bail and sent to her brother’s house, where she is being monitored. At the moment, no one can see her except close relatives. In addition, sister Li Xiaofeng and her husband were sent back to Guangxi. Deacon Ge Yingfeng, who was released on bail on June 14th, was also sent back to Shanghai with his family. May our Heavenly Father continue to bestow abundant grace on them and surround them and their families with steadfast love.

The church is the home of the eternal God. “And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” (Heb. 3:6) One year ago during the Lord’s Day on Father’s Day, Pastor Wang Yi called on brothers in the church who were fathers to pledge to fulfill their duties as fathers. On Father’s Day this year, we are thankful for our Heavenly Father’s protection and guidance of our church over the past six months. Only our Heavenly Father can make us one in the Truth and build us up together in love.

We also pray especially for those members in the church who are going through various difficult circumstances. “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” (Is. 40:29) May our Heavenly Father look after those brothers and sisters who are ill or in the process of healing. May he comfort those who are grieving in tears. May he show mercy toward our children and our relatives. And may he grant us sufficient grace and opportunities to help each other.

Over the past week or two, we have seen authorities continue to put great pressure on house churches in cities like Chengdu, Xiamen, and Taiyuan. As the church faces this nation-wide persecution, we ask God to protect his church and to train up his children in the midst of this unique situation. May these trials not breed fear but rather hearts full of love and hope. May we always be ready to respond with meekness and reverence to those civil servants, police officers and community monitors who do not generally give themselves the opportunity to hear the gospel.

Recent events in Hong Kong have attracted the attention of the whole world. As the Lord’s church faces societal changes and challenges, may it use this opportunity to reflect on and pray for the healing of society’s wounds. And may the church and Christians proclaim to this world even more proactively and courageously that Christ is the only hope and means of escape for the world and that he alone is our peace. (Eph. 2:14) Christians are children of peace. May the Lord lead his children in the midst of these trials and helps us to walk the straight path.

June 17: In the evening, there was a category 6 earthquake (the center of the earthquake was in Yibin, Sichuan Province, and there were strong tremors in Chengdu). It was as if God was reminding the church and Christians again of Hebrews 12:28: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.” May every persecution and trial be for us an opportunity for greater repentance, greater wakefulness, greater steadfastness, greater commitment, and greater service.

To quote the words of a pastor during the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake: “May the unshakeable kingdom of Christ become for us, in the midst of these turbulent times of calamity, a sure foundation and the goal and motivation for our lives. May the unshakeable kingdom of Christ be manifest through us and spread to every nation and tribe and people and tongue. May the unshakeable kingdom of Christ swallow up everything that can be shaken, so that all people might fall down at the feet of Christ and give to God the glory he is due.”

Early Rain Covenant Church
June 19, 2019


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (5/30/19)

“5/14: Brothers Wu Wuqing and Wang Jun, who were placed in administrative detention for fifteen days, completed their sentences and returned to their homes. Officers have recently begun monitoring them and other brothers and sisters or increasing the number of those monitoring and following them. One brother submitted a request for administrative review of his case after previously being placed in administrative detention. Local police came to his home to speak with him in hopes that he would retract his application for review.

5/15: The lock on brother Tang and sister Zheng’s front door was previously filled with glue and their electric meter was stolen. Their landlord went to the electric company and canceled their account because he could not handle the pressure from police and community monitors. Brother Tang and sister Zheng were therefore forced to use candles for light. In the end, the landlord broke their contract and urged them to move out.

5/16: Sister Yang (the widow of brother Zhang Xianchi, who was taken by the Lord earlier this year after being diagnosed with a serious form of cancer) had surgery to remove a tumor from her pancreas. Brothers and sisters took turns visiting her and bringing her food while she rested in the hospital. We are thankful that God leads his disciples. The more difficult circumstances they encounter, the more they demonstrate love for each other. May the Lord heal and comfort the many brothers and sisters who are ill, and may he guide and protect each person and family as we face battles both in our families and in our church.

He who is of the darkness comes only to steal and destroy, but our good shepherd has come that we may have life and have it abundantly. (Jn. 10:10) “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” (2 Cor. 3:17) The church of the Lord is the manifestation of God’s free and glorious kingdom on earth. He is with his church. May he display his marvelous works and power to his church and to the world.

Regardless of the current political situation, may the Lord continue to lead and build his church. May he grant heavenly freedom, peace, and joy to Early Rain Covenant Church and to every church. May he help us to face every form of persecution and hardship with meekness, endurance, courage, and wisdom, and may he help us to continue to fulfill the mission he has given us. “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!” (Ps. 80:3)

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Col. 3:1-4) Lord, show us your glory! May that reviving Spirit of fire revive us! May that Spirit that moved previous generations of saints move us twice as much as it did them!

Early Rain Covenant Church
May 30, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (05/13/19)

“May 1: During the Labor Day break, as brother Xiao and sister Chen tried to take their child to the park to play, the police officers who have been monitoring them prevented them from leaving. The reason given was that brother Xiao was wearing a t-shirt with an Early Rain Covenant Church logo on it. Even though the couple was willing to compromise with the officers, their whole family was taken to the Funan Police Station. They did not return home until later that evening. Another family that had originally planned to go play with them was also told they weren’t allowed to leave their home because members of Early Rain are not allowed to meet together.

May 7: Brother Ding Shuqi, who has been locked up at the Chengdu Detention Center for five months, was released on bail pending trial. National security officers escorted him from Chengdu to Xi’an. He will continue to be monitored at his home in Xi’an.

Over a month ago, brother Liu, who was previously released on bail and deported back to his hometown in Hubei Province, was struck from behind by an unidentified man, causing intracranial hemorrhaging. He was hospitalized for eight days before being released. May the Lord comfort him and heal him.

And may the Lord help all of our other brothers and sisters residing in various cities to stand strong together in the Lord. Our enemies want to make us afraid, but God will give us resolve, love, and faithfulness. May the Lord lead us and help us to receive grace and power from him each day through Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship.

May 10: Mr. Fang and a few elementary school students were studying in a teacher’s studio at his home when Mr. Fang was taken away by police around noon. He was taken to two police stations and interrogated five times. He was not released until late that night. The owner of the studio, Mr. Yu, and his family members were investigated and threatened.

May 12th through June 4th is the “Month of Prayer for Our Nation” each year at Early Rain Covenant Church. This year, more and more churches all over the nation are being persecuted, ordered to stop meeting together, and shut down. May the Lord lead his children, and may we sacrifice our knees in prayer through these difficult times, praying for all people and keeping watch for our nation. May the Lord show favor toward his church and grant us peace in the midst of storms and darkness. And may he cause the gospel to go forward throughout the earth. “Do not fear what you are about to suffer…Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10)

There is persecution without and war within. But “who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” (1 Pet. 3:13-16). May the Lord strengthen all of his churches and children on this earth who are united together!

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Col. 3:1-4) Lord, show us your glory. May the Spirit of fire revive us. May that Spirit that moved the saints of past generations move us even more!

Early Rain Covenant Church
May 13, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (4/30/2019)

“April 22: Brother Shen returned home after completing his one-month sentence at the Chengdu Detention Center. He will continue to live at home under residential surveillance for half a year. He is experiencing lower back pain as a result of his time in jail. May the Lord lead and protect all of the brothers and sisters who are either still in jail or who have been released on bail pending trial and sent back to their hometowns, for they are facing great physical and spiritual challenges. May we pray for them and look out for them.

April 22-28: The homes of two couples, brother Tang and sister Zheng and brother Zhang and sister Yu, were vandalized. They live in the Xiaoguanmiao community on Taisheng Road in Qingyang District. The locks on their doors were filled with glue, the electricity meter was stolen, their water was cut off, and the words “murder, life for life” and “payback for your debt” were spray-painted on the wall by their doors. The locks were immediately replaced, but someone filled them with glue again multiple times over the next few nights. People have also continued to visit their homes to threaten them to move. Those who are threatening them have said they don’t care about the law. Each time the couples have reported the incidents to the police, the only response from the police, the community monitors, and the property management has been, “If you don’t feel safe you can move.”

April 29: On Monday, Mr. Wang, a teacher at the church school, was having class along with a few students at brother Wu’s house. At noon, multiple police and community monitors entered brother Wu’s home. Mr. Wang and brother Wu and his wife were taken away. The students were kept there and monitored. Sister Tang called the police station and found out that they were taken to the Jianshe Road Police Station and interrogated by national security from Chenghua District. In the afternoon, the students’ parents were detained while trying to pick them up. The parents learned that all of the children were questioned without them present and interrogation reports were written up (this is a violation of relevant laws).

Some books, gospel tracts, computers, and phones were confiscated from brother Wu’s home. After midnight, sister Xiong, brother Wu’s wife, was taken back to her home. On the morning of the 30th, sister Xiong and sister Tang went to the police station to inquire about their husbands. They were told that brother Wu and Mr. Wang were placed in administration detention for fifteen days and that they had already been sent to the Chengdu Detention Center. This is the second time that brother Wang has been arrested since December of last year. At that time he was arrested for worshipping outdoors in public and was placed in administrative detention for fifteen days. This time he was arrested for homeschooling.

“He bore the curse, that I might be blessed; He drank the cup, that I might feast. For he lives and was wounded out of love for me.” “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” (Heb. 9:27) Jesus Christ bore the punishment we deserve for our sins. Those words that were spray-painted on those homes still reflect the values that God has implanted in man’s heart. “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matt. 24:12) Even as the world tries to prevent us from doing good, may the Lord grant us the power to be wounded out of love for others as we face slander and harassment. We know well that we owe a gospel debt. “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Cor. 15:58)

Early Rain Covenant Church
April 30, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (04/22/2019)

“April 11: Brother Pan Fei was released on bail pending trial. He was sent back to his home in Shaqu in Dayi County. His phone was confiscated.

April 15: Pastor Wang Yi’s lawyer brother Zhang Peihong submitted a request to meet with Wang Yi at the Chengdu City Detention Center. The head of the detention center responded by saying that because the case is still under investigation, he could not arrange for Zhang to meet with Wang Yi. On April 16th, the police officer in charge of the case spoke with Zhang and said that the investigation would be completed within seven months of Wang Yi’s arrest in accordance the law and that before it was completed, he would arrange for Zhang to meet with Pastor Wang Yi in accordance with the law. He also said that “relationships are more powerful than laws.”

April 16: Soon after Elder Su Bingsen’s wife Xu Miaozhuang moved with her children to her husband’s parent’s home in Shandong, Elder Su’s father received a phone call from the Chenghua District Police Station asking him to come to Chengdu because Elder Su was going to be released on bail pending trial. On the evening of April 18th, Elder Su flew with police officers to Xiamen (Elder Su’s hukou is in Chengdu, but he was taken to his hometown in Xiamen to be monitored). Even though they did this in order to further break up the church, at least Elder Su can finally be back with his wife and children after being separated from them for four months.

April 21: On Easter Sunday, a dozen or so brothers and sisters decided to meet together at North Lake Park on the outskirts of the city to worship and remember the Lord who rose from the dead for us. After some of the church members left around noon, national security agents from the Chengdu Municipal Police Station and the Chenghua District Police Station took husband and wife Wang Jun and Tang Shuang and their child Levi, sister Tang’s sister Tang Chao, and sister Liu Xingfeng and her two children Ma Yuman and Ma Keke to the Longtan Temple Police Station, where they were interrogated. They were all released one-by-one late that night.

“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” (Ps. 119:71) May the Lord keep us from wasting these experiences, and may he grant us spiritual rewards as we trust in him. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” (Heb. 10:24) May the Lord protect and shepherd his church and children. May he grant us fellowship in the Spirit and help us to look out for each other. May he, through his Spirit, rejuvenate those families and church members who have experienced various trials that they may renew their strength in him.

At the same time, this Passion Week and Easter we see battles that your church is facing all around the world. On Easter Sunday, multiple churches and hotels were intentionally bombed in Sri Lanka. More than 200 died. “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Pet. 5:8) May we, in the midst of tribulation, still believe and proclaim, “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6:2) Only the love of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross can dispel years of enmity. May God grant peace and comfort to those lands in terror. Lord, remember mercy! (Hab. 3:2) Revive your work in the midst of the years!

Early Rain Covenant Church
April 22, 2019”


February 2, 2019

A brother from the church was just kicked out of his apartment by his landlord because the police told her he is part of an “evil cult.” The message from his landlord reads as follows: “The police station said that it’s illegal for you to participate in an evil cult, so I can no longer rent out my apartment to you. Please move out. I cannot get a hold of you by phone.”

February 1, 2019

Brother Pan Fei of Early Rain Covenant Church was fired from his job at Yonghui Superstore for refusing to stop going to church. On the “resignation” form he was forced to sign, he wrote: “For believing in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God and Savior of mankind, my employment with Yonghui Superstore has been terminated.”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (01/23/19-01/30/19)

“‘For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.’ (2 Tim. 1:7-8)

Our Lord, through these trials, has allowed both those in and outside of prison to testify together for the Lord.

Jan. 23: In the middle of the night, officers from the Caoshi Police Station took away sister Zhang Xiaohong and put her in criminal detention on charges of ‘illegal business operations.’ As the time approaches for families to reunite for Spring Festival, authorities are still enforcing rigid policies, putting great pressure on the church and on Christians. Those Christians who have been arrested and locked up have shown no signs of capitulating.

Jan. 24: A dozen or so Chengdu police officers and national security officers traveled a great distance to a sister’s home in another city and illegally searched the home. Police took this sister’s new iPhone 8 Plus, which costs 6000 yuan, and they still have not returned it. According to this sister, the phone was a New Year’s gift from her daughter. She has not done anything illegal, but police said the phone was a tool involved in this case. Without following any proper protocol, they took it from her home.

Jan. 25: At night, 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. On the 26th, they inquired of various people and were sent all over the place. 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. They finally learned that the cards were frozen by the Qingyang District branch of the Chengdu Public Security Bureau.

Jan. 27: Preacher Cheng Zhangchun was released on bail pending trial. Last Thursday, the government sent someone from his hometown in Anhui Province to Chengdu to take him back to his hometown to monitor him. Preacher Cheng Zhangchun was released on bail pending trial for one year and forbidden from traveling. His personal communication devices were confiscated. After he was released from prison, it appears that his wife’s phone was also taken. Brothers and sisters have lost contact with his entire family.

Jan. 28: Four brothers and sisters who were arrested at a Lord’s Day gathering on Jan. 13 and placed in administrative detention for 15 days fulfilled their sentences and returned home. These include brother Qiu Hao, husband and wife Jianqing and Zhixue, and sister Haiyan. Praise the Lord! At this time, everyone who was placed in administrative detention has completed their sentences.

Jan. 29: Another young couple, after getting to know each other in the midst of these hardships of the “12/9” persecution and after praying, has decided to begin dating. May the Lord bless them and lead them down the path ahead of them.

Jan. 30: Spring Festival is almost here, but there are still 14 brothers and sisters in prison. Their family members thought that since they cannot celebrate Spring Festival with their other halves, they would try to send them some gifts in prison. They figured that the thing that would make their loved ones inside most happy would be a Bible. But after much effort, they were still unable to get Bibles to them.

Older brother Zhang Xian, who got sick and was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 4, is still dealing with a serious illness. Every evening brothers and sisters must be with him. May the Lord have mercy on him. In the midst of these tribulations, brothers and sisters have been showing more care and support for each other and have been praying more for each other. They have also been receiving attention, greetings, encouragement, financial support, and prayer support from brothers and sisters from all over. We are so thankful for the big family God has given us. May all glory go to our Heavenly Father!

Early Rain Covenant Church
January 31, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (01/15/19-01/22/19)

“Jan. 15: Brother Zhu, who was placed in criminal detention on charges of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’ for reposting an Early Rain Covenant Church prayer letter, was released on bail pending trial after being locked up for 30 days. May the Lord bless his mother, who has severe dementia, and those family members of his who don’t yet believe in the Lord, that they might be able to experience with him peace and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jan. 17: Brother Li, who believed in the Lord and was baptized last week on his sickbed in the ICU, left this world and returned to his heavenly home at 7:20 a.m. on the 17th due to his illness. He was 83 years old. Please continue to pray for brother Li’s family members. May the Lord comfort them in their grief and give them hope for the day they meet again.

Today police suddenly burst into the home of one sister. Without following any proper legal procedures, they searched her home, rummaging through boxes and shelves. They did not find anything and left. Police tore up a copy of Article 39 of the Constitution that another sister had taped to her door. When asked about it he denied it. There is great injustice here. Please pray for law enforcement officers and ask the Lord to enlighten them that they might see their sin and helplessness and turn to seek the Lord who saves men from sin and brings them into the light!

Today we learned that a sister had a heart attack from the stress brought about by being followed and threatened for such a long time. The official who was harassing her said, “You can call the police at 110 if you’re able!” Another sister had an anxiety attack. Thank God brothers and sisters from her small group immediately went to take care of her. Please pray for brothers and sisters in these kinds of situations and ask the Lord to especially watch and protect them, to make them strong in the Lord, and to open a way for them!

Jan. 18: It is reported that churches and brothers and sisters from all over the country who previously purchased Early Rain Covenant Church books and sermon flash drives through WeChat have been being harassed. Police are entering their homes and searching for books, taking them to the police station for interrogations, and so on. Some have also been spoken to with threatening language for very long periods of time, and authorities have gone to their workplaces to pressure them. Brothers and sisters to whom this may concern, please be vigilant and make necessary preparations.

Jan. 19: This was the day of brother Li’s memorial service. Many brothers and sisters were prevented by guards from leaving their homes early in the morning. Even though there were all kinds of disturbances, the memorial service proceeded according to schedule. Brother Li’s body was covered with a sheet with a cross on it. Before it was taken to the cremation furnace, the hymn ‘God Be With You Till We Meet Again,’ which we had just sung at the memorial service, unexpectedly began playing right there. Having not previously planned this, we were all both surprised and delighted. This really was the good purpose of God! Praise the Lord! The promises of God are trustworthy! Thank you to the whole Body for praying!

Jan. 20: The Lord’s Day. The topic of the sermon was “The Storm of Eden,” and the Scripture was chapter three of Genesis. Please keep praying for those brothers and sisters who are being kept from participating in Sunday worship and cannot fellowship with other members. Ask the Holy Spirit to be present with them and to bless them with comfort and mercy! And ask the Lord to help them break free of these barricades so that they can once again experience the joy of worshipping together with their family in the Lord!

Jan. 21: The three brothers and sisters who were previously detained for holding the Gospel Class completed their sentences. They were released and returned home. The other brothers and sisters, seeing them finally reunite with their family members, rejoiced. We are also thankful that the employer of one of the sisters kept back her job for her. We are also especially thankful for those family members who do not yet believe in the Lord but who have been accepting and understanding. May the Lord especially open their hearts, and may they be drawn to that peace and eternal glory that cannot be taken away. May they seek and follow the Lord!

Summary and Prayer:

This week, many brothers and sisters were taken away multiple times for interrogation. The questions of those handling the case have centered on Pastor Wang Yi’s financial circumstances. For example, in addition to the electric scooter that he has been riding to and from work these past dozen or so years, does he also have a Mercedes Benz or a BMW? Some police have even said very directly through the course of their coercing and bribing, ‘We want to convict Wang Yi with a crime. As for the rest of you, it depends whether or not you cooperate. If you cooperate, you can return home for New Year’s and won’t have any problems.’ In their eyes, laws are clearly just decorations they can play around with.

Brothers and sisters are being visited by leaders from their registered permanent residences, including county heads of the United Front Work Department, bureau chiefs of the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs, and village mayors. They are coming to Chengdu at public expense to speak with them and to require them to leave Chengdu, to return home, and to cut ties with Early Rain. Some brothers and sisters are being closely guarded in their hometowns and are not being allowed to return to Chengdu. Those brothers and sisters who are out on bail are also being strictly watched. What is even more ridiculous, family members of those in criminal detention are being surrounded by five or six people whenever they leave their homes. They are even afraid of women and children!

So far, those who have been in jail since the beginning have all exceeded the 40-day limit. Some say they have already been indicted, but their family members have not yet received any indictment documents. Some family members have seen documents and signed them but were not given copies. According to Chinese criminal law, all who have been placed in criminal detention throughout this case are allowed to meet with their lawyers. But throughout this case, none of the lawyers have been able to meet with their clients. They have not even been allowed to meet with those who have already been indicted. What’s worse, while the detention center falsely claims that someone is being arraigned, the Justice Bureau simultaneously calls and notifies the lawyer that the director is not able to meet with him and that there is no use waiting. The shameful trampling of the law by Chengdu authorities has been incredible. May God comfort his servants and the hearts of his children on earth, and may he heal this land, granting liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and setting the oppressed free.

Some brothers and sisters are seriously considering formally applying to withdraw from the Communist Party after seeing what is really happening and the differences of values. Please pray for them, asking the Lord to strengthen them and to open a way for them.

Brothers and sisters who were once in administrative detention have come out and shared about their experiences. First of all, they realized that they were not as prepared as they thought they were. And they did not have the love and desire to share the gospel with drug users and thieves to the degree they once thought. They shared that they wanted to memorize more hymns and Bible verses so they could strengthen themselves and bless others. They also summed up some specific experiences. For example, people who were locked up were really weak and unaccustomed to that environment for the first few days. If brothers and sisters had visited them it would have greatly helped them. Their family members outside could usually get by fairly well for the first few days, but later they became more and more exhausted and lonely and needed brothers and sisters to visit them and help them. Hopefully churches that are preparing for similar situations can draw on these experiences and better care for each other.

Finally, let us think about what Paul said in prison: ‘I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.’ (Phil. 1:12-14) We believe that this is also the desire of those brothers and sisters who are locked up. May we all advance the gospel! May we respond with the gospel to those who are persecuting us, guarding us, and limiting our freedom. May we love those unlovable people with the love of Jesus. And may we cover with the righteous garments of Christ the weaknesses, failings, and humiliation of ourselves and others, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God!

Early Rain Covenant Church
January 22, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (01/09/19-01/15/19)

“’May every street know the name of the Lord Jesus!’

We don’t know how many streets have heard the name of the Lord Jesus until now, but we know this number is increasing. This increase is not on account of our initiative, nor did we orchestrate it. And God is still continuing to send his ‘special ambassadors’ to prison. This week, eight brothers and sisters were released on bail pending trial, and four more were placed in administrative detention. We use the passive voice here because regardless of whether we are being arrested or being released, we are not doing this of our own initiative.

Jan. 8: The lawyer whom Pastor Wang Yi appointed for himself was taken away by Chengdu police after meeting with Pastor Wang Yi’s mother and son. He was released after six hours. As of now, none of the lawyers working the “12/9” case have seen their clients.

Jan. 9: Brother Zhu Xiaoguang, who was locked up for 27 days in criminal detention, was released on bail pending trial and returned home. He is the first brother we know of to triumphantly return home. He was charged with “illegal business operations,” and his crime was helping the church mail some books. He is the father of little Abel mentioned in the last church bulletin. All of his children were still counting flower petals today looking forward to their father’s return. God has given them an unexpected surprise!

Jan. 10: Brother Fu Lijun and sister Lü Jinheng, who were both in criminal detention, were released on bail pending trial. Brother Liu Yingxu, with whom we had lost contact for a long time, was also released on bail pending trial. Only then did we learn that he had been locked up the whole time. We could not learn any information about him no matter who we asked.

Brother Fu Lijun was the first Christian arrested during the first wave of the “12/9” arrests at Early Rain Covenant Church. His crime was selling the book with the highest volume of sales in the world, the Bible. The sales volume of this book in China is no exception.

Jan. 11: Through help of Facebook staff, our stolen account was returned to us. We officially began using it again on the 11th. These past few days, people have still continually been trying to break into it, resetting the password, and so on. But they have not succeeded. It is likely that these attacks will continue.

We were notified by chance that one sister has been continually and closely guarded at her home by 20 to 30 people since December 9th. She is not even being allowed to leave her home. When she tried getting on a public bus she was dragged off. Because communication channels are being blocked, we did not know that there are some brothers and sisters facing situations like this. Please pray fervently for them!

Jan. 12: Sister Huang Yaling and brother Luo Yao were released on bail pending trial.

Brother Li believed and was baptized in the intensive care ward at the hospital. Praise the Lord! He caused brother Li, who had been in a coma, to wake up that afternoon. His mind was clear and he could clearly communicate. His baptism went smoothly.

Jan. 13: For this second Lord’s Day of 2019, the Scripture was Matthew 12:28-34 and the topic was ‘Loving God and Loving Neighbor.’

One small group was raided while worshipping at a home. A total of eleven adults and three children were taken away during the ordeal. The youngest child was two years old, and the oldest was seven. While police were waiting for more people to come to take them away, brothers and sisters there still continued fellowshipping. Throughout the afternoon until late at night, news trickled in of the brothers and sisters being released one by one. On the second day, it was confirmed that five brothers and sisters had been placed in administrative detention. The sentence of one of them was temporarily suspended, and he was allowed to return home because his wife is still in detention and they have a young child.

Jan. 14: We learned that sister Huang Yutian was released on bail pending trial and returned to her home in Chongqing on the 13th. Brother Wang Fei was also released on bail pending trial.

A young couple announced that they are beginning a relationship together. They shared with everyone about how God led them these past six months from not knowing each other to falling in love with each other, and especially about how God worked all things together for good in the midst of danger and persecution. Through this, God made each of them know for sure that He was the one leading them to enter into a relationship. Even though they are currently forced to be apart and cannot see each other, may God bless them and allow them to break through the distance barrier so that they can know and love each other more, seeking a future running the Heavenly race together.

Jan. 15: Brothers and sisters are still often suddenly being visited by police and taken to the police station for a few hours of interrogation (in some cases even more than 20 hours). Police are searching their phones and trying to crack their passwords. This happened to two more brothers and sisters today. Video cameras have been installed outside the doors of brothers and sisters whose homes are being monitored. They are still being closely followed or secretly stalked. Photos are still secretly being taken of them, and so on. May the Lord give us brothers and sisters an alert mind to help us look out for each other!

National News:

Jan. 10: Fountain of Life Church, which belongs to Western China Presbytery, was raided. The Civil Affairs Bureau, the Religious Affairs Bureau, the Department of Culture, and the police came together, led by the deputy director of the police station. They cited social management regulations (Civil Affairs Bureau), the new religious regulations (Religious Affairs Bureau), and cultural management regulations (Department of Culture). They gave a verbal warning that the church could not organize illegal religious activities. The elders were briefly interrogated and refused to answer many questions. Authorities took a few books.

Jan. 15: At 9:00 a.m., around 50 people with the City Management and Law Enforcement Bureau in Xiamen, Fujian Province, illegally and forcefully removed the aluminum-framed glass partitions, the stainless steel security door, and the electronic lock on the 5th floor of the No. 6 commercial building in Yuanbo Liuli on Xinglin Street in Jimei District without presenting any legal documents. They did so under the pretense of it being a security risk, but their real reason was because the owner of the 5th floor is homeschooling many children and toddlers and throughout the year puts on many cooperative community group activities on the 5th floor, gives education training for teaching mixed classes of regular and special-needs children, hosts activities for families to help each other, holds training for parents, and so on. The security door prevented them from easily entering.

At 11:00 a.m., around 150 Christians in Nanyang prefecture in Henan Province were surrounded by armed police while attending a dinner at the Nanyang Bright Moon Hotel. A few believers who fainted were taken by ambulance to the emergency room. Phone signals inside the hotel were blocked. Details of the situation are not clear.

Summary and Prayer:

After seeing that brothers and sisters of one of our small groups were taken away, a pastor in Wenzhou responded in a message saying, “Thank God! The persecution you are encountering has greatly encouraged me. In the midst of trials and tribulations, you have steadfast hope. This has caused me to repent by fleeing comfort. The next time my church encounters persecution, you suffering saints will remind me that the cross is my glory. Christ’s perfect Kingdom of Heaven has sounded forth out of this environment in which you are trapped and has caused a chain reaction. God has heard our cries.”

Our lives are a play. People will watch it, whether we want them to or not. Sometimes it seems like we are living in peaceful times, but in reality, danger lurks around the corner. Sometimes it seems like the waves are crashing in, but in reality, we are safe and sound. If God uses us to let people see spiritual reality through the play of our lives, then we have lived worthy lives.

As we watch this persecution continue, churches and brothers and sisters from all over the country are being pulled into this storm. This is an opportunity to spread the gospel to the authorities and to all of society, to tell them that God’s only Son Jesus, the savior and king of mankind, was killed in order to save us sinners, was buried, and was raised from the dead by the power of God, that he overcame the power of sin and death. Out of his his love and mercy, God has prepared forgiveness and salvation for all who are willing to believe in Jesus, including Chinese people. At any time, any person can repent of any sin and turn to Christ and fear God, obtaining for himself eternal life and bringing upon his family and country the generous blessings of God.

Early Rain Covenant Church
January 16, 2019”

Attached:
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 (22 people, 8 have already been released on bail pending trial, 14 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. Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
6. Sister Li Xiaofeng (illegal business operations)
*7. Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations; 01/11/19 released on bail pending trial)
*8. Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations; 01/11/19 released on bail pending trial)
*9. Sister Huang Yaling (picking quarrels and provoking trouble; 01/12/19 released on bail pending trial)
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; 01/09/19 released on bail pending trial)
*14. 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 and sent back to Chongqing)
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; 01/12/19 released on bail pending trial)
21. 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)
22. 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)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time (1 person):

23. Brother Ding Shuqi

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

24. Preacher Cheng Zhangchun (placed in administrative detention on 12/15/18 for 14 days then transferred to criminal detention)
25. 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 01/07/19)
30. Brother Zhu Hong (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 01/07/19)
31. Sister Deng Keli (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 01/07/19)
32. Brother Zhang Jianqing (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/12/19)
33. Sister Yu Zhixue (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/12/19)
34. Brother Qiu Hao (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/12/19)
35. Sister Zhang Haiyan (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/12/19)

Early Rain Covenant Church
01/15/2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (01/12/2019 – 01/14/2019)

Saturday, January 12:

“I’m going to pack socks and underwear, put on warm shoes, put on my down coat, delete everything from my phone, turn it off, and then go to Lord’s Day worship. I will bring a printed Bible and take notes by hand. These are the worst of times, Lord, and they are the best of times. The only question left is should I prepare dress clothes or jail clothes?”

Sunday, January 13:

Police detained at least one small group as they met for Lord’s Day worship this morning in China. The member who talked about not knowing whether to wear dress clothes or jail clothes to church this morning (see our previous post) was one of the many who was taken away. An account of the incident is given below:

“Our small group, the college small group, met at C’s home. At around 11:40 a.m., two police officers from a local police station came while we were having fellowship. They wanted us to register our IDs. We didn’t cooperate. They called over four more police officers and demanded again that we register. We still did not cooperate because they did not follow proper protocol for entering a home. Therefore, with the exception of sisters X and L, who were allowed to stay behind to look after the many children, all of the other brothers and sisters were taken away. Before we were taken, J wanted to lead us in a prayer and was forcefully kept from doing so! But God has already heard! While they were calling the other police officers, we continued fellowshipping together and ended with a time of sharing. Praise the Lord! The Lord is with us!”

Monday, January 14:        

Four of the brothers and sisters arrested this Sunday during their small group worship were sentenced to 15 days in jail. Chen Shaowen (receiving family) was released because his wife (Li Chengju) was already in the detention center and had a child at home:

Lord, please look after them and commemorate them for your church. May the Lord be with them personally and give them an unexpected peace! May the Lord personally comfort, inspire, use these limbs to go to the footsteps of the mission, and bring the gospel to those who are desperate and suffering in the dark!


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (01/02/19-01/08/19)

“Praise the Lord! Brothers and sisters at Early Rain Covenant Church welcomed the new year with a New Year’s prayer meeting. Brothers and sisters sacrificed their love and their knees for the church and for those brothers and sisters in prison. They were also comforted and encouraged by God and by each other. In this new year, members of Early Rain Covenant Church are still being harassed in their workplaces and persecuted because of their faith. School authorities are greatly pressuring some members at their schools, and church workers who have not yet been detained are still being closely monitored through various methods.

Jan. 3: Brother C, who went missing for 48 hours, suddenly returned home and was being monitored by community police officers with “red armbands.” During these 48 hours, brother C was detained at the Chengdu City East Gate Police Station. On the first day of interrogations, police handcuffed this brother to the interrogation chair for 24 hours. He did not sleep or rest and was given no food or drink during this time. Many phones and computers from his home were taken. His wife was taken to the police station for interrogation while carrying her swaddled child. Three men and one woman, none of whom identified themselves, interrogated brother C for 48 hours straight using harsh language, threats, and yelling.

Jan. 4: 90-year-old scholar and brother Zhang Xianchi came down with a sudden illness and was rushed to the hospital. Brothers and sisters dropped what they were doing and went to the hospital. Brother H, from one of the church plants, was being strictly monitored at the time. He broke away from those trying to prevent him from leaving and came to Chengdu to be at the bedside of brother Zhang with the other brothers and sisters. They prayed, sang worship songs, and accompanied him during the hospital stay.

Jan. 5: In the afternoon, the pregnant wife of one brother in criminal detention hemorrhaged. Brothers and sisters rushed to help her get to the hospital. Our Father in Heaven took the child in her womb back to himself. His mom named him Abel and wrote a poem titled “On the Road.” Little Abel has already returned home. We are still on the road, waiting for the day when we all arrive home! (During the Dec. 9th incident at Early Rain Covenant Church, area police officers broke down their door in the middle of the night and dragged this sister from her bed to the courtyard of their complex. She was interrogated for a long time at the police station.)

Jan. 6: This was the first Lord’s Day worship of the new year. The Scripture was the Gospel of John 14:1-14 and the sermon was “Do not Be Troubled.” At 5:00 p.m., while nearly 20 students of the Gospel Class [a Sunday School class for seekers] were eating at a restaurant, area police officers from the Shuyuan Road Police Station arrested them. Students of the Gospel Class were released one by one around midnight. They were required to sign pledges that had been printed off ahead of time which forbid them from meeting together and from attending Lord’s Day worship and Bible studies at Early Rain Covenant Church. The next day, three people were taken back to the police station and interrogated. These three members (sister Li Chengju, sister Deng Keli, and brother Zhu Hong) were still not released after 24 hours. After many inquiries, we were told that they are being kept at the Pixian County Detention Center. Their relatives have not yet received any legal documents regarding their detention.

Jan. 7: Brother Chenbing finally found sister Xiaofeng’s detention notice at the post office. The reason it was stuck at the post office was because the mailing address on the notice did not contain the name of her residential district. Brother Chenbing can finally send clothes to his wife. Some sisters said, “We are truly joyful people in the Lord. When we receive a detention notice we are excited and thankful, as though we just received a letter of admission into the Kingdom of Heaven…God has not forgotten the female criminals in prison. He has sent them a few gospel heroines!”

Since the “December 9th incident” at Early Rain Covenant Church, churches from all around the world have been praying for Early Rain Covenant Church in many ways. There have been outdoor prayer meetings. There have been calls to pray every day at a certain time. There are also brothers and sisters from all around the country who are fasting and praying on their own for the members of Early Rain Covenant Church. We believe that God has allowed suffering to come to his children in order to accomplish something greater. Our ultimate hope is not that this country would allow freedom of worship, for the kind of worship our Father in Heaven desires is worship in spirit and in truth, and this worship cannot be restricted. Our ultimate hope is that the gospel would spread throughout the whole world and that the Kingdom of Heaven would come in its fullness!

Early Rain Covenant Church
January 8, 2019”


Early Rain Church Report: Sunday, January 6, 2019

Police raided a Sunday school class for seekers this Sunday while the class was meeting in a restaurant. They took everyone to the police station. Three members have still not been released. An account of the raid is given below by one brother from the church who was taken:

“Today was the exam for the Gospel Class [a Sunday school class for seekers]. It was also our final class. We met at a restaurant to study and to have a fellowship meal together. We began around 5:30 p.m. At about 6:00 p.m., around 20 officers from the Jinjiang District Police Station rushed in and confiscated all of our cell phones and ID cards.

Then they took us to the nearby Shuyuan Road Police Station. At around 7:30 p.m., brother Zhu Hong and sister Ke Li were taken to the interrogation room and interrogated. At around 8:00 p.m., they took three to four brothers and sisters upstairs to be interrogated. Sister Ke Li was interrogated for around two and a half hours. The brothers and sisters upstairs later came down one by one. I left the station at around 12:10 a.m.

According to my cousin who came to pick me up, I was the second person released. I think the first person must have been sister Ren Pingying and her child (I was told that two police officers took them home). When I was released, brother Zhu Hong was still being interrogated (loud and angry yelling was coming from the interrogation room). Sister Cheng Ju is praying with everyone.

Praise the Lord, the police were fairly gentle this time. In the beginning they were quite severe, but later, while we were waiting, we could talk freely, read our Bibles, and sing hymns. During this time, sister Cheng Ju shared the gospel with an assistant officer and prayed for him.

Please pray for those seekers who have not yet believed in the Lord. This is a big test and trial for them. Please pray especially for brother Zhu Hong and sister Cheng Ju. Ask the Lord to protect them and give them words to speak.

The floor outside of the interrogation room is very cold. No one there has eaten or drunk anything yet. May God help us. May he destroy the schemes of Satan. May he give us the full armor of God so that we may testify well to the gospel and fight the good fight for the Lord.

When the police rushed in, my heart was at peace. Everyone was very cooperative. When we got to the police station, I remembered those brothers and sisters who had worshipped and prayed here before. When I realized that we got to share with them in the bitter cup of the Lord, my heart was continually grateful. May the Lord bless this night. Amen!”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (12/26/18-01/01/19)

“12/26: In addition to Christmas Eve gatherings in small groups, there were also small group gatherings in the middle of the week. Brothers and sisters studied, shared, and prayed together, and everyone was greatly comforted. The homes of some brothers and sisters were closely monitored on Wednesday evening and all day Sunday, preventing them from attending the gatherings.

12/28: Preacher Cheng Zhangchun was transferred to criminal detention after his sentence in administrative detention was served.

12/29: Little sister Zimi returned to her heavenly home. Around 70 brothers and sisters gathered at Zimi’s home in the evening to bid her a solemn farewell. They were very grateful. Two police officers came. It was a testimony of the gospel for them.

Twenty-some families have husbands or wives in jail. Family members who expressed their thoughts on Weibo or WeChat all had their accounts closed and their articles deleted. They started a public Telegram channel called “Reflections on the Early Rain Covenant Church 12/9 Incident” (https://t.me/qysysnpd). You are welcome to subscribe!

12/30: On the Lord’s Day, we gathered together for worship using special methods. The sermon was “The LORD Will Double Your Blessings” and the Scripture was Job 42:1-17. Everyone was greatly encouraged. However long we suffer, we will be blessed with double blessings for just as long, and this entire process will testify to the glory of God.

On the previous Lord’s Day, worship was interrupted at the home of Elder Su Bingsen. Almost 20 adults and children were taken to the police station until 5:00 p.m. On this week’s Lord’s Day, all of these people still persisted meeting together and used this as an opportunity to practice doing “small things” for the Lord and to practice overcoming fear and worry in their hearts. Praise the Lord! This was the first time these two groups finished a worship service in its entirety without interruption since December 9th.

Brother Wang Jun, who led the outdoor worship service on the Lord’s Day of December 16th by the river, completed his sentence today and returned home! Everyone called him “The Long-Bearded Knight” and “The Missionary.”

As New Year’s Day approaches, there are still brothers and sisters being forced to leave their homes immediately. They are looking for temporary places to say and trying to pack. They are experiencing many difficulties. The law firm where one sister works terminated her contract after she refused to sign a pledge promising not to attend gatherings at Early Rain Covenant Church. She may now not be able to obtain her lawyer’s certification. Many brothers and sisters have been given a “final notice” that if they attend a gathering at Early Rain Covenant Church again, they will be placed in detention.

12/31: The New Year’s prayer meeting began at 8:30. Each small group took turns leading everyone in a song and in a prayer and shared what they were thankful for. The brothers and sisters were greatly comforted and encouraged. As they entered the new year, everyone listened to the hymn “Everlasting Lord,” based on Psalm 90, hoping that they will have as many days of joy as they do of suffering.

1/1/19: Many family members of those detained have appointed lawyers to take on the 12/9 case, but the lawyers are still not being allowed to meet with their clients. The reason given by the detention center is still that the case is being reviewed. One of the litigants is from Guangdong and is not a Christian. She has been kept in Chengdu under suspicion of “illegal business operations.” Her lawyer has also not been able to meet with her. Not only have these appointed lawyers not been able to see their clients, they have been asked, one after another, by relevant departments to drop their cases.

Nation-wide News:

A Three-Self Church in Luoning County, Henan Province has been forced to remove the First Commandment from the Ten Commandments. Earlier in August, the cross on this church’s building was taken down by the government. Bibles have reportedly been completely removed in order to make way for a new translation of the Bible based on so-called “traditional culture” and the core values of socialism. The government has also required all churches to teach the “core values of socialism” as doctrines.

The homes of villagers in Anhui Province have started being searched and all things related to Christ are being destroyed. Some illiterate sisters have been sending voice messages to encourage each other not to voluntarily take down religious décor in their homes. As a result, their WeChat accounts have been deleted. House churches in cities are also being closed and banned.

Summary and Prayer

The new year will bring more challenges. Persecution may become commonplace in more areas. Ask the Lord to lead us and protect us as we walk in the will of God, that we would do so by faith and not by sight, that we would trust in the good purposes of God, that we would have hearts of gratitude and joy, and that we would respond to all maltreatment with a spirit of gentleness. Pray for all pastors, leaders, brothers, and sisters who are detained and in prison Ask the Lord to comfort, strengthen, and protect their bodies, souls, and spirits from harm. Ask him to open doors for the gospel, that they may boldly preach the gospel! Ask the Lord to look after and protect those who have been forced to move, those who have been threatened at work, and other brothers and sisters who are being coerced and forced into difficult situations. Ask that they would resolutely follow Him, that they would give the most beautiful testimonies for him on earth. Ask that those in authority would not abuse their authority, that those carrying out laws would not violate their consciences, and, more importantly, that God would soften their hearts and open the door of salvation! May the Kingdom of God come quickly!”


NOTE: There are two bulletins for 12/28/18: 1) Morning Bulletin and 2) Evening Bulletin:

Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (evening of 12/28/18)  

“At 6:00 p.m. this evening, a number of police officers came to the home of Preacher Cheng Zhangchun and searched his house. They took a few books, CDs, and his cell phone. Those who came notified his family that Preacher Cheng Zhangchun has been transferred from administrative detention to criminal detention. He is now being held by authorities at the Chengdu City Detention City.

On December 15th, authorities placed Preacher Cheng Zhangchun in administrative detention for 14 days on charges of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble.’ He was originally scheduled to be released on the 29th of this month. According to Chinese criminal law and the usual practices of the justice department, Cheng Zhangchun and the other brothers and sisters in detention might be facing indefinite detention. Authorities can continually alternate forms of detention, prolonging it for several years. The coming days will determine whether or not this is the case for Preacher Cheng Zhangchun.

We just received news that many family members of those in detention have been told they cannot leave their homes tomorrow because city leaders are coming.

A preacher from Enfu Church was notified that authorities are currently trying to determine how close the connection is between the two churches [i.e. Early Rain Covenant Church and Enfu Church].

During this ‘smokeless war’ in China today, when you see the Chinese government shutting down an influential house church on December 9th, when you see Pastor Wang Yi and other brothers and sisters continually being thrown in prison, when you see the following list of those in detention, all of this tells you the actual situation in China.

List of Early Rain Covenant Church Christians with whom we have lost contact or who are being detained (as of 7:51 p.m. on 12/28/18):

List of those in criminal detention (21 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)
21. 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)

List of those in administrative detention (4 people, 3 have completed their sentence):

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):

26. Brother Liu Yingxu
27. Brother Ding Shuqi

Early Rain Covenant Church
8:56 p.m. on 12/28/18”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (Morning of 12/28/18)

“Since the ‘12/9’ incident began, Early Rain Covenant Church’s WeChat [i.e. social media] groups, including evangelism groups, Bible study groups, fellowship groups, education groups, and humanitarian groups (nearly 200 in all), as well as over half of the personal WeChat accounts of church members, have all been permanently shut down or restricted from sending messages. Tencent, the company to which WeChat belongs, did not give any explanation when they shut down these ministry groups of Early Rain Covenant Church. Church members’ personal WeChat accounts have been shut down with notices saying the accounts are “fake,” “too large,” or “unused,” and they have not been given an opportunity to appeal.

The radio station used by the church to spread the gospel has been deleted by NetEase. NetEase has not only restricted the public from listening to the gospel through the NetEase cloud service, they have also deleted all of the gospel materials in the account and forcefully taken away Early Rain Covenant Church’s ownership of all the audio recordings in the account.

On December 11th, the church’s Facebook account was stolen, preventing us from telling the public about the harsh persecution brothers and sisters of Early Rain Covenant Church are experiencing.

Through a series of restrictions on Early Rain Covenant Church and on the faith of brothers and sisters, and through increasingly strict measures preventing church members from preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, authorities are suppressing true churches like Early Rain Covenant Church by controlling various public resources. In this moment we see the mighty arm of God upholding his people, showing them favor and performing wondrous works.

Through much hard work, Early Rain Covenant Church members have opened new media accounts in order to spread the glorious gospel and eternal hope of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are as follows:

Early Rain Covenant Church’s Gospel information Telegram channel: https://t.me/earlyraincovenantchurch

Early Rain Covenant Church’s Telegram group for “seekers” [i.e. non-Christians interested in Christianity]: https://t.me/joinchat/KgFdAle4UqB81s4Q6Zc2KQ

Early Rain Covenant Church’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/cha…/UCn7IF7YEKrgKi0LaCsX8YCg/about…

Early Rain Covenant Church’s GitHub account: https://github.com/chengduqiuyu/-/issues

Email: earlyraincovenantchurch@gmail.com

Early Rain Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church
Friday, December 28, 2018″


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (Dec 27, 2018)

Chinese authorities have forcibly taken away four foster children from one couple at Early Rain Covenant Church. The following is an excerpt from a piece written by Early Rain member Jia Xuewei贾学伟)titled “A Kind of Evil Called Intentional Cruelty” (有一种 叫故意的残忍). Names have been changed for security reasons.

“What makes me weep most is what I saw this morning. The four children in sister C’s family are all being sent back to their birthplace in Xuanhan County and may never be able to return.

The biological family of these four children from Xuanhan is facing extremely difficult circumstances. Their father is absent. Their mother has a mental disorder. Their grandmother and grandfather are very old and have no energy to take care of them. Local welfare agencies won’t take them because of some strange rule. Of these four poor children, the youngest is three years old and the oldest is not yet ten. They were barely surviving at home. C and W brought them to Chengdu to foster them. I remember it caused a stir within the church at the time. With the addition of their own biological child, their family all of a sudden had five lively children. Of course, they were financially strained. W is just a normal mail courier. Providing for his whole family has been difficult. But this has not been a huge concern. God provides for his own children. We all supported them together. For more than a year, the children have been living here and going to school here. They have been so happy.

What is so upsetting is that after the [persecution against Early Rain] began, demons unleashed an even greater spiritual attack on sister C’s family, convincing Xuanhan authorities that those children have fallen into the midst of an ‘evil cult’ from which they must be saved. After they were forced to leave Chengdu today, C cried uncontrollably with her friends. Nothing brings me more pain and grief than what has happened today. My heart has been pierced.”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (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”


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Editors note: These Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletins (below) are directly from the church in Chengdu, China seeking to communicate with their church members in the underground movement and seeking prayer and help from the watching world, especially followers of Christ. Special thanks to Brent Pinkall for translating these bulletins and helping make them available to the public. Please pray and share with others.

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秋雨圣约教会简报(2019年7月10日)

7月4日,陈绍文李成菊夫妇和孩子突然被传唤至青羊区草市街派出所,表面理由是李成菊姊妹在菜市场发福音单张。警察收走他们家里关于之前被行政拘留的行政复议书、电脑手机等物品。7月5日晚,陈弟兄从派出所得知,李成菊姊妹可能已被刑事拘留(通知书可能寄回家乡),但派出所并未告知是何原因拘留。

7月9日,秋雨教案即满七月。自12•9至今,还有十数个家庭仍然被非法监视、跟踪和频繁骚扰,比如被强逼孩童到公立学校、被搬家后又搬家、被限制弟兄姐妹私下来往等。感谢上帝在这个过程当中,带领我们与祂的恩召有份,“因为你们蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,并要为他受苦。”(腓1:29)

也感恩上帝赐给众多弟兄姊妹们顺服和坚忍的心志,使我们看见我们与上帝恩典国度中的众教会“同受患难,原是美事”(腓4:14),也经历上帝奇妙的应许、信实和安慰:“你不要害怕,因为我与你同在;不要惊惶,因为我是你的神。我必坚固你,我必帮助你;我必用我公义的右手扶持你。”(赛41:10)

愿上帝继续保守在拘押当中的牧长同工,七个月没有任何确实的消息,七个月承受各样的审讯和煎熬。“我们只是为了信仰”,“我们也没有恨”。愿上帝带领祂的儿女,更深地与基督联合,在基督里持守善美、生根建造,也能心意更新、发光如星。

愿上帝也在这个焦虑的世代,和充满危机的国家显明祂的旨意,从北到南,从东到西,“惟愿公平如大水滚滚,使公义如江河滔滔。”(摩5:24)愿上帝和平的福音传遍天下,保守中国各地受逼迫的教会,愿上帝在祂的教会中,并在基督耶稣里,得着荣耀,直到世世代代(弗3:21)。

在全地主所爱的教会和家人们,“但愿赐平安的上帝,就是那凭永约之血、使群羊的大牧人、我主耶稣从死里复活的上帝,在各样善事上成全你们,叫你们遵行他的旨意;又借着耶稣基督在你们心里行他所喜悦的事。愿荣耀归给他,直到永永远远。阿们!”(来13:21)

秋雨圣约教会
2019年7月10日


秋雨教会简报2019628日)

6月20日上午,警察以登记房屋信息名义进入一个弟兄姊妹的家庭,当时家中有几位孩童在一起学习和玩耍,随即人民北路派出所和教育局人员出现,几位赶去接孩子的家长与孩子一同被带到人民北路派出所,期间一位弟兄在派出所被扇耳光。几小时后,家长和孩子们被各辖区派出所接走,下午至晚上才都陆续被释放。

主啊,求你施恩怜悯,遮蔽恶人的眼目,败坏恶者的计谋。求你保护你的小羊,半年多来许多孩子亲眼看见自己的父母被监视、被跟踪、被带走、被辱骂甚至被殴打,亲身经历分离之痛和真实的属灵争战,求你除掉他们和他们的父母心中的恐惧,祝福他们成为一生跟随你脚踪的人。

6月25日,盲人弟兄马弟兄搬家后新开的盲人按摩店再次被房东要求搬离,据称仍然是受到辖区社区等的施压。最近有几个家庭已陆续搬家或被要求搬家。主啊,你是全地的主,我们在这地上是客旅是寄居的,愿你引领各人各家,惟有你使我们安然居住,也愿你恩待在各方面帮助秋雨家人的人,怜悯光照在这世上被各样蒙蔽了双眼和心灵的人。

半年多来,许多弟兄姊妹在许多方面承受了各样的亏损,然而感恩弟兄姊妹们在艰难中的忍受,更感恩上帝藉着他的话语安慰和鼓励我们:“一面被毁谤,遭患难,成了戏景,叫众人观看;一面陪伴那些受这样苦难的人。因为你们体恤了那些被捆锁的人,并且你们的家业被人抢去,也甘心忍受,知道自己有更美长存的家业。所以,你们不可丢弃勇敢的心;存这样的心必得大赏赐。你们必须忍耐,使你们行完了神的旨意,就可以得着所应许的。”(来10:33-36)

半年多来,我们也感恩好几位弟兄姊妹在艰难中仍公布恋爱关系、预备婚姻和在各地举办或将举办婚礼,弟兄姊妹们都彼此献上感恩和祝福。愿教会这个大家庭,或在高墙内外,或被强制分散,或刚强或软弱,或结婚或单身,都能同心同行同负一轭,并能抵挡魔鬼各样的诡计。

我们也继续为王怡牧师、李英强长老、覃德富长老和苟中灿弟兄代祷,他们为福音“作了带锁链的使者”,愿他们在里面仍能“行完上帝的旨意”,愿上帝安慰他们的家属和教会的家人们,愿上帝也怜悯参与逼迫教会的人。外有逼迫,内有争战,愿我们在患难中成为在基督里的兄弟连,“凡等候耶和华的必不羞愧”,因为我们以认识和得着耶稣基督为至宝。

外有争战,内有惧怕。在全地主所爱的教会和家人们,在这弯曲悖谬的世代作神无瑕疵的上帝儿女们,“你们显在这世代中,好像明光照耀,将生命的道表明出来”(腓2:15-16),“愿平安、仁爱、信心从父神和主耶稣基督归与弟兄们!并愿所有诚心爱我们主耶稣基督的人都蒙恩惠!”(弗6:23-24)

秋雨圣约教会
2019年6月28日


秋雨教会简报2019619日)

6月11日保释出来的蒋蓉师母被送到她一位哥哥家监管居住,除至亲外暂无人能见。同时李晓凤姊妹与丈夫被遣到广西,而6月14日保释的葛迎锋执事与家人一同被送回上海。愿天父上帝继续赐下厚恩,以慈爱四面环绕他们和他们的家庭。

教会是永生上帝的家,“我们若将可夸的盼望和胆量坚持到底,便是他的家了”(来3:6)。一年前的父亲节主日,王怡牧师呼召和带领教会中已做父亲的弟兄们作承诺尽责的宣誓,今年父亲节我们特别感恩天父半年来对秋雨家人们的保守和引领,唯独天父使我们在真道上合一、在爱中被建立。

我们也特别为教会中在各样艰难处境里的家人肢体祈求,“疲乏的,他赐能力;软弱的,他加力量”(赛40:29),愿天父看顾在患病和治疗中的弟兄姐妹,安慰在流泪悲痛中的弟兄姐妹,怜恤我们的儿女和我们的亲人,赐给我们够用的恩典,也给我们彼此相助的机会。

我们仍然看到,这一两周以来,成都、厦门、太原等许多城市继续强力打压家庭教会,面对全国性的大逼迫和运动的来临,我们祈求上帝保守祂的教会,在特殊处境中历练祂的儿女:不因患难而丧胆,反而生发仁爱和盼望的心志,常作准备,以温柔敬畏的心回答哪些平时不会给自己机会听福音的公务员、警察、社区等人员。

最近香港的时事也牵动全球。面对社会变局和挑战,愿主的教会藉此也反思并为社会撕裂的伤口愈合而向主祈求,愿教会和基督徒也更积极和有勇气向世界宣讲:世道人心之出路和盼望惟在基督,惟基督是我们的和睦(弗2:14)。基督徒是和平之子,愿上主引领祂的儿女在患难之中更行走直路。

6月17日晚,一次6级地震(震中四川宜宾,成都震感强烈),似乎再次提醒教会和基督徒,“我们既得了不能震动的国,就当感恩,照神所喜悦的,用虔诚、敬畏的心事奉神”(来12:28)。愿每一次的逼迫和患难,都成为我们更深悔改、更深警醒、也更深扎根、更深委身和更深侍奉的机会。

引用08年四川大地震的时候一位牧者的话:“愿基督那不能震动的国,在这天灾人祸汹涌的世代当中,成为我们安身立命之本,成为我们生活行动的目标与动力。愿基督那不能震动的国,透过我们得以彰显,并临到万国万邦、万族万民。愿基督那不能震动的国,最终吞噬掉一切可被震动的,以至于万民都降服于基督脚下,将上帝当得的荣耀归给上帝。”

秋雨圣约教会
2019年6月19日


秋雨教会简报 2019.5.30

5月14日,被行政拘留15日期满的的吴五清弟兄和王军弟兄回到各自家中。近来他们的家庭和一些弟兄姐妹的家庭,又陆续开始有监视的人或增多了监视、跟踪的人员。有一位弟兄因对之前被行政拘留申请行政复议,辖区警察上门约谈期望他撤回复议。

5月15日,之前门锁被堵电表被偷的汤弟兄郑姊妹家,房东因承受不了来自派出所和社区的压力而到电力公司销了户,致使他们家庭不得不用蜡烛照明,房东最终违约催促他们搬家。

5月16日,杨姊妹(在年初癌症病重被主接走的张先痴弟兄的遗孀)在医院接受胰腺肿瘤手术,住院期间弟兄姐妹轮流配搭陪护和餐食等服侍。感恩上帝带领祂的门徒,愈是在艰难的处境里,愈是见证彼此相爱的心。也求主医治和安慰许多在病痛中的弟兄姊妹,引领和保守各人各家一同面对家庭和教会的争战。

从黑暗中来的无非是要偷窃和毁坏,但是我们的大牧者来,是要使我们得生命,并且得的更丰盛(约10:10)。“主的灵在哪里,那里就得以自由”(林后3:17),主的教会就是上帝自由和荣耀的国度在地上的彰显,祂与祂的教会同在,愿祂向教会和这个世界显出祂奇妙的能力和作为。

不管时局如何,愿主继续引领和建造祂的教会,赐给秋雨和众教会属天的自由、平安和喜乐,以属灵的温柔、忍耐、勇气和智慧面对各样的逼迫和艰难,并继续践行上帝所赋予的使命。“神啊,求你使我们回转(或译‘复兴’),使你的脸发光,我们便要得救。”(诗80:3)

“所以,你们若真与基督一同复活,就当求在上面的事;那里有基督坐在上帝的右边。你们要思念上面的事,不要思念地上的事。因为你们已经死了,你们的生命与基督一同藏在上帝里面。基督是我们的生命,他显现的时候,你们也要与他一同显现在荣耀里”(西3:1-4)。主啊,求祢向我们显出祢的荣耀,愿那复兴的灵火复兴我们,愿那感动历代圣徒的灵加倍地感动我们!

秋雨圣约教会
2019年5月30日


秋雨教会简报2019513日)

5月1日,正值五一假期,肖弟兄陈姊妹夫妇带着两个婴孩,预备出门到公园玩,被监视他们的警察拦阻,理由是肖弟兄穿着教会会友服(印有秋雨教会Logo的T恤衫),他们夫妇即使有妥协,一家人仍被带往府南派出所直至傍晚才回家。与他们本来要一起玩的另一个家庭,也被提前告知不允许出门,理由就是不允许秋雨的弟兄姐妹相聚。

5月7日,在成都看守所被羁押了五个月的丁书奇弟兄取保候审,国保带着他从成都去到西安,将在西安继续被监视居住。

一个多月前,取保并被遣返回湖北家乡的刘弟兄,被不明身份人员从背后击打,致使他颅内出血,住院八天才出院。愿主亲自安慰他、医治他。

也愿主带领我们身在各地的弟兄姐妹在主里一同站立,仇敌是为要使我们惧怕,但上帝赐给我们的乃是刚强、仁爱、谨守的心,愿主带领我们藉着读经祷告和团契,每一日领受从上帝而来的恩典和力量。

5月10日,方老师和几名小学生在一位老师家的画室学习,中午方老师被警察带走,到了两个派出所做了五次笔录至深夜才被放回。画室的余老师和家人也被调查和威胁。

每年从5·12至6·4是秋雨圣约教会“为国家祷告月”,今年国内各地被逼迫、被勒令停止聚会和被取缔的教会继续增多,愿上主带领祂的众儿女,在这艰难岁月里愈加献上彼此的膝盖“为万人恳求”,为国家守望,求主施恩给祂的教会,纵使在风暴和黑暗之中仍有平安,并使福音在大地通畅。“你将要受的苦你不用怕……你务要至死忠心,我就赐给你那生命的冠冕”。(启2:10)

外有逼迫,内有争战。然而“你们若是热心行善,有谁害你们呢?你们就是为义受苦,也是有福的。不要怕人的威吓,也不要惊慌,只要心里尊主基督为圣。有人问你们心中盼望的缘由,就要常作准备,以温柔、敬畏的心回答各人。存着无亏的良心,叫你们在何事上被毁谤,就在何事上可以叫那诬赖你们在基督里有好品行的人自觉羞愧”(彼前3:13-16)。愿上帝坚固在这地上同气的众教会和众儿女!

“所以,你们若真与基督一同复活,就当求在上面的事;那里有基督坐在上帝的右边。你们要思念上面的事,不要思念地上的事。因为你们已经死了,你们的生命与基督一同藏在上帝里面。基督是我们的生命,他显现的时候,你们也要与他一同显现在荣耀里”(西3:1-4)。主啊,求祢向我们显出祢的荣耀,愿那复兴的灵火复兴我们,愿那感动历代圣徒的灵加倍地感动我们!

秋雨圣约教会
2019年5月13日

 


秋雨教会简报2019.4.30

4月22日,在成都市看守所被拘满一个月的沈弟兄回到家里,他将继续被监视居住半年。此次拘押使他腰椎疼痛,也求主带领和保守还在里面以及已被取保候审遣回各地家乡的同工弟兄姐妹,因为他们受到的身体和灵里的挑战实在很大,愿我们为他们代祷和守望。

4月22至28日,位于青羊区太升街道小关庙社区的汤弟兄郑姊妹夫妇家、张弟兄尉姊妹夫妇家,相继出现门锁被堵、电表被偷、停水,以及家门外墙上被喷涂“杀人偿命 欠债还钱”字样。虽然因此马上换锁心,但连续几个晚上仍继续被罐502胶水,而且继续有人上门威胁搬家,威胁搬家的人说他们才不管什么法律。当每次出事报警后,得到警察、社区工作人员和小区物管的答复却只是说觉得不安全可以搬走。

4月29日周一,学堂王老师与几位小学生,一起在吴弟兄家学习,中午十多名警察和社区人员进入吴弟兄家,吴弟兄夫妇和王老师被带走,学生们继续被看守。经唐姊妹打110确认,得知他们是被带到了建设路派出所,并被成华区国保审问。下午去接孩子的家长也被扣留,家长得知所有孩子在家长未在场的情况下被询问和做笔录(这是违反相关法律的)。

吴弟兄家被搜走一些书籍、福音单张、电脑和手机,凌晨吴弟兄妻子熊姊妹被送回家。30日早晨,熊姊妹和唐姊妹到派出所寻问,即被告知吴弟兄和王老师已被行政拘留15天,已送往成都市拘留所。这是王弟兄自去年12月户外公共敬拜被拘留15天后,因在家教育的第二次被拘留。

苦杯祂受,爱筵我尝;因祂活着,爱至受伤。“按着命定,人人都有一死,死后且有审判”(来9:27),罪的刑罚,耶稣基督已为我们担当,墙上被涂写的字句中仍有上帝显明在人心里的价值观,”只因不法的事增多,许多人的爱心才渐渐冷淡了”(太24:12),即使这个世界拦阻教会和基督徒行善,愿主赐给我们爱直至受伤的力量,面对各样诽谤和搅扰,我们深知欠了福音的债,“感谢上帝,使我们藉着我们的主耶稣基督得胜。所以,我亲爱的弟兄们,你们务要坚固,不可摇动,常常竭力多做主工;因为知道你们的劳苦在主里面不是徒然的。”(林前15:58)

秋雨圣约教会
2019年4月30日


秋雨教会简报2019422日)

4月11日潘飞弟兄被取保候审,送回大邑县沙渠镇家里,手机被扣。

4月15日,王怡牧师的代理律师张培鸿弟兄到成都市看守所递交会见手续,看守所领导答复因案件还在侦查阶段不能安排会见。4月16日,办理此案的警官与张律师面谈,答复说侦查会按照法律规定在逮捕后的七个月内结束,结束前会依法安排张律师会见王怡牧师,并表示“法律不外乎人情”。

4月16日,苏炳森长老的妻子徐苗壮姐妹带着孩子从成都刚到山东公婆家不久,苏长老的父亲就接到成华区分局的电话,让他到成都,苏长老将取保候审。4月18日晚,苏长老与警察一起飞到厦门(苏长老户口在成都,但被遣回家乡厦门继续监视居住),虽然此举意在更深打散弟兄姐妹,但苏长老终于可以与分别了四个月的妻儿家人相聚。

4月21日复活节主日,十几位弟兄姐妹相约到城郊的北湖公园聚会和踏春,敬拜和纪念为我们复活的主。中午部分家庭和弟兄姐妹散去后,王军唐双飞夫妇和婴孩小利未,唐姊妹的妹妹唐朝,刘兴凤姐妹和她的两个小孩马语曼马可可,一起被成都市局和成华区分局国保带去龙潭寺派出所询问和做笔录,至当夜凌晨才陆续放他们回家。

“我受苦是与我有益,为要使我学习你的律例”(诗119:71),求主使我们不浪费我们所经历的,在信靠中得着上帝所赐的属灵益处,“又要彼此相顾,激发爱心,勉励行善”(来10:24)。愿主保守和牧养祂自己的教会和儿女,赐给弟兄姐妹们在灵里的彼此相通和守望,赐给经受了各样挑战的弟兄姐妹和家庭灵里的休养,为使他们在你里面从新得力。

同样在受难周和复活节,我们看到普世教会所面对的争战。在复活节主日,斯里兰卡多家基督教堂和酒店被蓄意爆炸,死亡人数超过200人。“仇敌魔鬼如同吼叫的狮子,遍地游行寻找可吞吃的人”(彼前5:8),愿在患难中我们仍然相信和宣告,“看哪!现在正是悦纳的时候,现在正是拯救的日子”(林后6:2),唯有主耶稣基督十字架的爱废掉了代代冤仇,愿上帝在恐怖的地方成就和平,在恐惧的地方赐下安慰。主啊,愿你以怜悯为念!(哈3:2)求你在这些年间复兴你的作为!

秋雨圣约教会
2019年4月22日


秋雨教会简报 20190123-0130日】

“因为神赐给我们、不是胆怯的心、乃是刚强、仁爱、谨守的心。你不要以给我们的主作见证为耻、也不要以我这为主被囚的为耻。总要按神的能力、与我为福音同受苦难。” 提摩太後书 1:7-8

我们的主籍着这样的试练,使无论是被囚的还是在外的一同为主作见证。

1月23日深夜,张晓红姊妹被草市街派出所带走,被控“非法经营罪”刑事拘留。在临近新年合家团圆的时候,当局对教会基督徒仍然执行强硬的高压政策,关押、抓捕基督徒没有手软的迹象。

1月24日 十几名成都警察、国保不远千里到外地一主内姊妹家中,非法搜家,这位姊妹一部新买手机(iphone8 plus)价格近6000元被警察拿走,至今不予归还。据这位姊妹讲手机是她女儿为她买的新年礼物,没有做过任何违法的事情。而警察却称是涉案工具,在没有出具任何手续情况下从她家里拿走。

1月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,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, 终于得知是被成都市公安局青羊分局冻结的。

1月27日,程章纯传道被取保候审,上周四政府从老家安徽派人来成都遣返当地监管。程章纯传道取保候审一年,限制出行,个人通讯工具被扣押。释放出监牢后估计妻子的手机也被控制,全家与弟兄姐妹们失去联系。

1月28日 于1月13日主日聚会时被抓、受到行政拘留15日的四名弟兄姐妹,邱弟兄,建青弟兄志雪姊妹夫妇,海燕姊妹均期满回家。感谢主!至今为止所有行政拘留的都已期满。

1月29日 又有一对年轻人在129的磨难中彼此了解、祷告寻求,确立了恋爱关系。 求主赐福他们,带领他们前面的道路。

1月30日 快过年了,仍有14位弟兄姐妹在羁押中,家属们想着没有办法跟自己的另一半一起过年,总得送些什么东西进去,想想最能让里面的亲人欢喜的莫过于圣经,便再次努力,结果仍旧没能送进去。

张先痴老弟兄自1月4日发病住院,至今仍然重病中,每天晚上需要有弟兄陪伴,求主施恩怜悯!弟兄姐妹们在患难中,更加彼此援助帮扶,彼此代祷。也收到各地弟兄姐妹的关注、问候、鼓励、金钱支持和祷告支持,非常感恩上帝所赐的大家庭。愿一切荣耀都归给天父!

秋雨圣约教会
2019年1月31日


秋雨圣约教会简报 【20190115-0122】

1月15日 因转载秋雨圣约教会代祷信而获寻衅滋事罪而被刑事拘留的朱弟兄,在被关押30天后取保侯审,求主恩待他患有严重老年痴呆症的母亲和未信主的家人,能够与他同享主耶稣基督里的平安与喜乐。

1月17日 上周在ICU病床上受洗归主的李弟兄,因病于17号早7:20离世,归回天家,享年83岁。请继续为李老弟兄的家人祷告,求主安慰她们的思念之情,盼望将来见面的日子。

今日一姊妹家里突然被警察冲入,他们在没有任何法律手续情形下在家中翻箱倒柜搜查,没有搜出什么东西而离开。另一姐妹贴在门上的宪法39条被警察撕毁,问他还不承认,目无王法。请为执法人员祷告,求主光照他们看清自己罪恶与无奈,进而转向寻求救人脱离罪恶进入光明的主!

今日也得悉有位姊妹不堪长期被跟踪威胁受导致心脏病发着,骚扰她的官方人员叫嚣道:“有本事去打110找派出所啊”。另有一姐妹焦虑症发作,感谢主,有小组的弟兄姐妹及时去关心。请为在这样境况中的弟兄姐妹祷告,求主特别看顾保守,使她们靠着主刚强,为她们开出路!

1月18日 据悉,全国各地曾透过微信购买过秋雨圣约教会书籍和讲道盘的教会和弟兄姊妹受到骚扰,进入家中搜书、带去派出所做笔录等;也有受到超长时间恐吓式的谈话,并前往他们所在的工作单位施压。请相关的弟兄姐妹们警醒预备。

1月19日 李老弟兄的追思礼拜,多数弟兄姐妹清早就被看守拦阻不得出门,虽然各种干扰,追思礼拜还是如期按时举行了。 当遗体上盖着+架被单的李老弟兄被推到火化炉前时,现场竟然响起刚才追思会我们唱过的“再相会”的圣诗歌曲。在并没有事先沟通的情况下,这让我们既觉意外又更感欣慰。这真是神的美意啊! 感谢主!神的应许是信实的!感谢众肢体的代祷!

1月20日 主日,证道题目:伊甸风云,经文 创世纪第3章。请继续为被拦阻无法参加敬拜,不能和肢体一起团契的弟兄姐妹祷告,圣灵亲自同在,安慰怜悯施恩!并帮助他们早日突破封锁,能够重新享受与主内家人一同敬拜的喜乐!

1月21日 之前因为福音班聚会的三位弟兄姐妹拘留期满,释放回家,看到他们与家人终于团聚,弟兄姐妹也一起喜乐,也为一位姐妹的单位为她保留工作而感恩。也特别为未信主的家人能够接纳并理解而感恩,求主特别的开启他们的心,被那不能被夺去的平安和永恒的荣耀所吸引,来寻求和跟随主!

综述及代祷

本周内先后有多位弟兄姐妹多次被带去询问作笔录。这些办案人员的问询围绕王怡牧师的经济状况,如王怡牧师十几年来上下班骑电瓶车外是否还有奔驰、宝马车。甚至有警官在威逼利诱的过程中直白的说,就是要定王怡的罪,其他人就看你配合不配合,配合就可以回家过年,什么事都没有。法律在他们的眼中明显是可以被玩弄的摆设。

有弟兄姐妹户籍所在地的县统战部长,民宗局局长,村长书记等公费来成都,找他们谈话要求他们离开成都回老家,跟秋雨划清界线。也有弟兄姐妹在老家被严密看守,不许她们返回成都。取保候审的弟兄姐妹也仍在严密看管之下。更可笑的是被刑拘人的家属,出个门五六个人围着,真是连妇女孩童他们都惧怕。

迄今为止,所有前后被关押的人都已超过40天期限,有些说是批捕,但家属至今没有收到批捕的文件;有些家属看到文件并签了字,但不给文件副本;按照中国刑事法律规定,本教案所有人在被刑拘后,律师均可以会见,但本教案中所有律师都无法会见当事人,连批捕后都无法会见。更甚的是一边看守所谎称在提讯,同时另一边司法局电话告知律师所主任不能会见,不用等了。 成都当局的践踏法律的可耻行径已经匪夷所思。 求上帝来安慰衪的仆人和衪在地上众儿女们的心,亦求衪来医治这地,使被囚的得释放,瞎眼的得看见,叫那受压制的得自由。

有弟兄姐妹因着看清事实和价值观的差异而认真思考正式申请退党,请为他们祷告,求主坚固并开路。

曾经被行政拘留的弟兄姐妹出来后分享,首先是意识到他们自己并没有像自己以为的那样预备好了,也不像自己以为的那样有爱心乐于跟吸毒偷盗的人传福音,并分享若能更多的记住一些诗歌和经文,坚固自己和祝福别人。并且总结出一些具体的经验,如被关押的人头几天特别软弱和不适应,如果能有弟兄姐妹去探视会非常有帮助,而在外的家人往往头几天比较容易熬,后面会越来越疲惫和孤独,需要弟兄姐妹去探望和帮助!希望同样在预备中的教会可以吸取此经验,更好地彼此顾念帮补!

最后,让我们思想保罗在监狱中所说的:“弟兄们、我愿意你们知道、我所遭遇的事、更是叫福音兴旺。以致我受的捆锁、在御营全军、和其余的人中、已经显明是为基督的缘故。 并且那在主里的弟兄、多半因我受的捆锁、就笃信不疑、越发放胆传 神的道、无所惧怕。”(腓立比书1:12-14)我们相信这也是我们被捆锁的弟兄姐妹的心愿,愿我们一起兴旺福音!以福音来回应那些看守限制我们自由、逼迫我们的人,以耶稣的爱去爱那些我们爱不起来的人,用基督的义袍去遮盖自己和别人的软弱跌倒和羞辱,靠着耶稣基督结满了仁义的果子、叫荣耀称赞归与神!

秋雨圣约教会
2019年1月22日


秋雨圣约教会简报【20190109-0115】

“让每一条街道都知道主耶稣的名!”

我们不知道到现在为止有多少条街道听到了主耶稣的名,不过,我们知道这数字正在增加。这增加不是我们主动的,也不是我们设计的。而且上帝还在继续差派祂的监狱特别大使,这周共有8位弟兄姐妹被取保候审(记录的日期可能会有差错),又有4位被行政拘留。之所以都用“被”这个字,因为无论被抓被放我们都是被动的。

1月8日 王怡牧师所委托的律师与王怡牧师的母亲、孩子见面后即被成都警方带走,6小时后获释。迄今为止129教案的律师们没有一位见到委托人。

1月9日 刑事拘留的朱晓光弟兄在被羁押27天后,被取保候审回到家中,是我们知道的第一位凯旋归来的弟兄。他的罪名是非法经营,罪行是帮助教会邮寄了一些书籍。他就是上期简报中报导的小亚伯的父亲,今天小猪猪们还在数花瓣盼望父亲回来,上帝给了意想不到的惊喜!

1月10日 刑事拘留的付礼俊弟兄和吕金衡姊妹被取保候审。长期失联的刘应许弟兄,也被取保候审释放出来,才得知他其实一直被关押,只是无论怎么查询都没有得到他的消息。付礼俊弟兄是12.9秋雨圣约教案第一波被抓捕的基督徒,他的罪行是出售全世界销量最好的《圣经》,这本书在中国的销量也不例外。

1月11日 经脸书工作人员的帮助,被抢夺走的账号又重新回到我们手中,11日正式恢复使用,这几天仍有人不断的尝试突破,重置密码等,都没有得逞。估计这样的争夺还会继续!

偶然的机会得知有一位姊妹,从129以来一直被二、三十人严严的看守在家,出门都不行,上公交车被强行拽下来。由于交流渠道被拦阻,我们不知道还有那些弟兄姐妹处于这种状态中。请切切代祷!

1月12日 黄雅玲姐妹、罗耀弟兄被取保候审。李老弟在医院的重症监护室内受洗归主!感谢主!让一直昏迷的李老弟兄在当天下午苏醒过来,神志清楚,交流通畅,施洗过程顺利圆满。

1月13日 2019年第二个主日敬拜,经文是马可福音12:28-34,主题:爱神与爱人。

某小组在家中敬拜时被闯入,前后共带走了十一位大人,三个孩子。最小的孩子2岁,最大的7岁。在警察等候更多人手来带走他们时,弟兄姐妹仍旧继续团契相交。从下午到深夜陆续有弟兄姐妹被放出来的消息传来,第二天得到确认有五位弟兄姐妹被行政拘留,其中一位因妻子仍在拘留期间又有一年幼孩子而暂缓执行放回家中。

1月14日 得知黄于阗姐妹已取保候审,于13日回到重庆家中;王飞弟兄也被取保候审;一对年轻的弟兄姐妹公开了他们开始恋爱关系,并跟大家分享在这不到半年的时间里上帝对他们的带领,从不相识到彼此倾心,特别是危难逼迫中上帝如何使万事效力,使他们彼此确认对方是上帝带领要进入恋爱关系的那一位。虽然他们目前被迫分离不能见面,愿主祝福他们可以突破距离的阻隔相知相爱,寻求同心奔走天路的未来。

1月15日 弟兄姐妹被突然上门带入派出所询问几小时,甚至二十几小时,搜查手机,试图破解密码等仍然时常发生,今天又有两位。被监控的弟兄姐妹家门口被装摄像头,贴身跟随或秘密跟踪,偷拍照等,仍在继续。求主给弟兄姐妹警醒的心,彼此守望!

国内简讯

1月10日,华西区会生命之泉教会受到冲击,民政局、民宗局、文化部门和派出所联合由派出所副所长带队一起来,应用社会管理条例(民政局的询问),新宗教条例(民宗局的询问),文化管理条例(文化部门的)。口头传达了不可以非法组织宗教活动。长老简单作了些询问笔录,也拒绝回答许多问题。他们带走了几本书。

1月15日,上午9点,福建省厦门市集美区城市管理行政执法局大约有五十人,在没有出示任何法律文书的情况下,非法将集美区杏林街道园博六里6号商业楼的5楼顶层商铺的铝合金玻璃隔断、不锈钢防盗门、电子锁暴力强行拆除。其借口为安全隐患,而真实的原因是因5楼业主有许多在家教育的孩子及幼童,并且在5楼常年举办许多社区互助的团体活动,特殊儿童与正常幼儿的混合教育培训,家庭互助,家长学习等活动。而此防盗门妨碍了他们随意进入干涉。

上午11点,河南省南阳地区约150位基督徒在南阳市皓月宾馆举行年终餐会祓100多武警团团包围起来。已有120急救车将几位晕倒的信徒送往医院抢救。宾馆内的手机信号被屏蔽,具体情况不明。

综述及代祷

一温州牧者看了主日某小组弟兄姐妹被带走后所发的信息,回应说:“感谢上帝,你们所遇的苦楚让我深受激励,你们在患难中仍有坚忍的盼望。我为之逃避享安逸而悔改,当我教会再次面临环境逼迫时,借着这些受苦的圣徒来提醒我十字架是我的荣耀,你们身陷其中的环境,基督完美的天国着实已经发声,荡起连锁反应,我们的呼声神已听见。”

我们的人生本就是一台戏,无论你愿意不愿意,都会被人观看。有的时候好像岁月静好,却实际是危机四伏,有的时候好像破涛汹涌,却实际是安全稳妥。若上帝使用我们,让人们透过我们这台戏看见那属天的真实,那么我们的人生便活出了本该有的价值。

我们看到逼迫还在延续,将会有全国各地更多的教会和弟兄姐妹被卷入到这场风浪中。这是向掌权者和全社会传扬福音的契机,那就是上帝的独生儿子、人类的救主和君王耶稣,为了拯救我们罪人而曾被杀,埋葬,并以神的大能从死里复活,胜过了罪恶和死亡的权势。因着爱和怜悯,上帝为包括中国人在内的一切愿意相信耶稣的人都预备了赦免和救恩。在任何时候,任何人,都可以从任何罪恶中向主悔改,归向基督,敬畏上帝,使个人得着永远的生命,使家庭和国家蒙受上帝慷慨的祝福。

秋雨圣约教会
2019年1月16日

附:12.9”教案秋雨圣约失联、被关押基督徒名单

被刑拘 (22人,其中7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.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,2019年1月11日取保侯审)
*8.付礼俊弟兄(非法经营罪,2019年1月11日取保侯审)
*9.黄雅玲姐妹(寻衅滋事罪,2019年1月12日取保侯审)
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,2019年1月9日取保侯审)
*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,2019年1月13日取保侯审已返回重庆)
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,2019年1月12日取保侯审)
21.程章纯传道(12月15日因寻衅滋事被行政拘留14天,关押期满后转为刑事拘留,关押于成都市看守所)
*22. 刘应许弟兄(原长期失联,2019年1月11日取保侯审,才得知是被关押)

长期失联 (1人)

23.丁书奇弟兄

行政拘留 (12人,1位转为刑事拘留,4位已期满,7位仍在关押中)

24.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)
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7日,行政拘留14天)
30. 朱 红弟兄(1月7日,行政拘留14天)
31. 邓柯利姊妹(1月7日,行政拘留14天)
32.张建青弟兄(1月12日,行政拘留15天)
33.尉志雪姊妹(1月12日,行政拘留15天)
34.邱皓弟兄(1月12日,行政拘留15天)
35.张海燕姊妹(1月12日,行政拘留15天)

秋雨圣约教会
2019/01/15日


2019/01/13

我们小组,学院小组在C家主日聚会,十一点四十左右,正在交通团契,辖区派出所来了两个警察,要登记大家身份信息,大家不配合。他们又叫了四个警察来要求登记,大家仍旧不配合,因为他们没有任何手续入户登记。于是除了X和L姊妹容许留下照顾众多孩子,其他弟兄姐妹都被带走。走之前J要带我们一起祷告,被他们强行阻止!但神一定已经听到了!在他们叫另外的警察时,我们继续团契相交,直到分享结束。感谢主!主与我们同在!

2019/01/12


秋雨圣约教会简报【2019/01/02-01/08】

感谢主,秋雨圣约教会弟兄姊妹以跨年祷告会迎接新的一年来临,弟兄姊妹为着
教会和在监狱里面的弟兄姊妹献上膝盖和爱心,也从上帝和彼此得到安慰和激励。
新年后,秋雨圣约教会肢体仍受到所在工作单位不断侵扰、因信仰受逼迫,有肢
体所在学校校方无休止地对其进行硬性、高压逼迫;未被拘留的同工们仍然受到
不同方式地密切监控。

1月3日,失踪48小时的C弟兄突然回到家中由其居住社区“红袖章”看管。这48
小时里,C弟兄被关押于成都市东门一派出所,第一天的审讯,警方用铁铐将这
弟兄反拷在审问椅上达24小时,其间没有睡眠、没有休息、没有饮水和食物。家
里多部手机、电脑被扣押,她的妻子抱着襁褓中的孩子也被控制带往派出所接受
审问。不明身份人员三男一女带着强硬、威胁、呵斥连续突审C弟兄48小时。

1月4日,九十高龄学者张先痴弟兄突发疾病入院抢救,教会弟兄姐妹们放下手中
的活赶往医院,布道所H弟兄正在被监视严管期间,冲破阻力来到成都同弟兄姐
妹们一起在张弟兄病榻为他祷告,唱赞美诗,在他的抢救过程中陪伴他。

1月5日下午,一位被刑拘弟兄怀孕十周的妻子大出血,弟兄姐妹们迅速前往帮助
她去到医院,腹中胎儿被天父上帝接回衪的怀中,妈妈给他取名叫亚伯,写了一
首诗《在路上》,小亚伯已经回家,我们还在路上,等待着我们都到家的那日!
(在“12.9”秋雨圣约教案发生时,辖区警察深夜砸门,将这位姊妹从家里床上
拖行到小区院里,在派出所受到超长时间的审问。)

1月6日 新年第一个主日敬拜,经文是约翰福音14:1-14,主题:你们不要忧愁。
17时,教会近20名福音班学生在餐馆用餐时被辖区书院街派出所警方抓捕,直到
午夜福音班学生陆续获得释放。被要求签署打印好的保证书,不准聚会、不准参
加秋雨圣约教会主日崇拜和查经聚会。隔天又有三位被再次带去派出所询问。三
名会友李成菊姊妹、邓柯利姊妹、朱红弟兄超过24个小时仍未获释,经多方打听,
说是已经关押郫县看守所。亲属未收到任何关押法律文书。

1月7日沈冰弟兄终于在邮局查找到晓风姊妹的拘留通知书,被压在邮局的原因是
通知书的收件地址没有写小区名字。沈冰弟兄终于可以给妻子送衣物了。有姐妹
们说“我们真是在主里喜乐的人,收到拘留书都激动和感恩,就像收到了天国的
录取通知书。”“上帝没有忽略监狱里的女犯人,差去了几名福音侠女勇士!”

“12.9”秋雨圣约教案以来,世界各地的教会以各种方式为秋雨圣约教会祷告,
有户外聚集祷告会,有呼吁每天定时祷告;也有全国各地主内弟兄姐妹自发为秋
雨圣约教会众肢体禁食祷告。我们相信上帝允许苦难临到祂的儿女们,是要成就
更大的事。我们的终极盼望不在于这个国家是否允许自由敬拜,因为天父要的敬
拜是在真理和圣灵里的敬拜,是无法被限制的;我们的终极盼望在于福音传遍天
下、天国全然降临!

秋雨圣约教会
2019年1月8日


2019 01 06

今天是福音班的考道也是最后一节课,在一个餐厅学习和爱筵,大约17:30开始,在18:00左右,锦江分局冲进来大约20人左右,没收了所有的手机和身份证,之后被带回到比较近的书院街派出所,19:30左右朱红弟兄和柯利姊妹被带到询问室接受询问,20:00左右带走了3-4位弟兄姊妹到楼上询问,柯利姊妹被询问大约2个半小时,后面楼上的弟兄姊妹逐个下来,我出来的时候大约0:10分,据来接我的表哥说,我是第二个被放出的,第一个应该是任凭英姐妹和他的孩子(据说是被两位警察带回),我被放出的时候,朱红弟兄仍在被询问(询问室的呵斥声很大气),成菊姊妹在和大家一起祷告。感谢主,这次警方执法比较温柔,前面时间比较严厉,之后我们在等候期间依然可以自由的交谈,读经,唱诗。期间成菊姊妹还和一位协警分享了福音,也为他作了一个祷告。请大家为那些还没有信主的慕道朋友祷告,这次的磨练和试探很大,也请大家特别为朱红弟兄和成菊姊妹祷告,求主保守他们,赐他们当说的话。

询问室门前的空地上很冷,大家一直到现在没有吃任何东西,也没有水喝,求神帮助我们,败坏魔鬼撒旦的诡计,赐我们全副的军装,为福音作那美好的见证,为主打那美好的仗。

警察冲进来的时候我心里很平安,大家的态度也都是很配合,到了派出所,想起之前也有弟兄姊妹在这里赞美祷告,与主的苦杯同有份了,心里就不住的感恩,求主保守这个夜晚。阿门!


秋雨教会简报 2018 12 26 – 2019 01 01

12月26日,本周平安夜圣诞日各组聚会之外,周间仍有小组聚会。弟兄姐妹共同学习,彼此分享交通祷告,很得安慰。有弟兄姐妹的家周三晚上和周日整天被重点监控,无法参加聚会。

12月28日,程章纯传道行政拘留期满后转为刑拘。

12月29日,子秘小姊妹回天家,晚上约70位弟兄姐妹聚集子秘家中,隆重送别,非常感恩。有两位JC跟来,对他们也是一次福音的见证。

二十几个家庭遭遇丈夫或妻子被监禁,家属们各自在微博微信里表达她们的思念之情,她们的账号都遭到被封文章被删 ,如今大家开创了一个共同的TG频道《秋雨圣约12.9教案思念频道》 https://t.me/qysysnpd ,欢迎订阅!

12月30日,主日采取特殊形式聚集敬拜,讲道《耶和华要加倍赐福与你》,经文约伯记42:1-17,众人大得激励。我们受苦有多长,后来蒙福加倍的长,整个过程都是见证上帝的荣耀。

上个主日苏炳森长老家中的主日敬拜被迫中断,近20位大人孩子被带去派出所直至下午5点,本主日大家仍然坚持聚集,并以此来操练自己为主做小事,操练胜过内心的惧怕和不安。感谢主,这是这两个组自12.9之后第一次完整且平安的完成了整个崇拜和团契。

在河边带领弟兄姊妹们12月16日主日户外敬拜的王军弟兄,今天拘留已满回到家中!被大家称为大胡子骑士和宣教士。

元旦将至,仍有弟兄姐妹被强迫立即搬家,寻找临时住处和打包等,经历恨多艰难。一位姊妹因拒绝签署不参加秋雨圣约教会聚会的承诺书,被所工作的律师事务所解除合同,可能暂时无法取得律师资格证。多位弟兄姐妹被最后通牒若再以秋雨圣约名义聚会就会被拘留。

12月31日,跨年祷告会从8:30开始,各组轮流带领一首诗歌,一段祷告,穿插分享和感恩,弟兄姐妹都很得安慰和激励。在跨入2019时,大家听到诗篇90篇改编的圣诗《永恒的主》,期盼受苦的日子与喜乐的日子一样长

2019年1月1日,迄今为止,已有多位当事人家属委托律师介入129教案,但是依然不让会见,看守所给的理由还是提审。其中有一位广东的当事人,其本人并非基督徒,涉嫌非法经营被抓至成都,其律师同样无法会见。不但见不到人,已经委托的律师还纷纷被有关部门要求解除委托。
国内简讯

河南省洛宁县一三自教会被勒令删除十诫的第一诫;早在8月,该教堂的十字架就被政府强拆了;据说《圣经》全面下架,是为了按照所谓传统文化和社会主义核心价值观重新翻译圣经,还要求所有教堂将「社会主义核心价值观」作为教理讲解。

安徽农村已经开始进入家庭搜查, 销毁一切与基督相关的东西,一些不识字的姐妹发语音彼此鼓励,不要自己主动拆掉家里的信仰装饰,结果微信帐号也被毁。城市家庭聚会堂点被取缔。

综述及代祷

新的一年会有更多的挑战,逼迫可能成为更多地方的常态,祈求主的带领和保守我们行在上帝的旨意中,凭信不凭眼见,相信上帝的美意,常怀感恩喜乐的心,以温柔的态度回应一切恶意的对待。为被囚被监禁的牧长、弟兄姐妹们祷告,求主安慰、坚固和保护他们身心灵不受伤害,为他们大开福音的门,放胆传讲福音! 求主看顾保守被迫搬家、工作受到威胁及其它各种要挟和为难中的弟兄姊妹,坚定跟随祂,为衪在地上做最美好的见证。祷告在上有权柄的不滥用权柄,执行的人不眠灭良心,更是求上帝软化他们的心,为他们开救恩的门!愿上帝的国快快降临!


秋雨圣约教会简报【2018年12月28日 晚】

今晚六点,多名警察来到程章纯传道家中搜家,拿走几本书籍、光碟、以及他的手机。来者口传告知程章纯传道由行政拘留转为刑事拘留,现已被当局关押于成都市看守所。

12月15日当局以寻衅滋事行政拘留程章纯传道14天,预计本月29日可以获得释放。根据中国的刑事诉讼法和司法部门惯有的做法,程章纯传道以及被关押的其它弟兄姐妹可能面临无期限的关押,当局可以用不断变换羁押措施拖延数年。程章纯传道面临的遭遇将会在接下来的时间证明不是最后一例。

刚刚收到消息,好几位被关押的家属被告知明天不要出门,市领导要来。

另有恩福传道被告知现在正在甄别两教会的关系,要看看有多深。

今天,在没有硝烟的中国,当你看到12月9日中国具有影响力的家庭教会被中国政府关闭,王怡牧师和他的弟兄姊妹不断被投入监牢,这一张被关押的基督徒名单告诉你中国真实景况。

2018/12/25 2018/12/28日 19:51 “12.9”教案秋雨圣约教会失联、被关押基督徒名单

已被刑拘 (21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)
21.程章纯传道(12月15日因寻衅滋事被行政拘留14天,关押期满后转为刑事拘留,关押于成都市看守所)行政拘留 (4人,3位已期满)
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,今天已回家)
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
2018/12/28日 20:56


秋雨教会简报(2018年12月28日)

发生“12.9”教案来,秋雨圣约教会用于传扬福音的微信群、各查经小组群、团契群组、教学群组、人道关怀群组近200个,教会会众个人微信帐号超过一半被永久封锁、限制发送信息等。微信所属腾讯公司在关闭秋雨圣约教会福音事工微信群组时不给出任何解释,对会众个人微信号的封锁采用假、大、空的告示直接封锁,剥夺申诉的机会。

教会传播福音的音频电台遭到网易公司直接删除,网易公司不仅限制公众通过网易云电台收听福音,并将教会帐号内福音资料删除,强行剥夺秋雨圣约教会对帐号内的音频资料归属权。

12月11日,教会Facebook帐号被当局劫夺,致使秋雨圣约教会弟兄姊妹受到严酷打压的信息无法向公众发布。

迫于一系列扼制秋雨圣约教会以及众弟兄姊妹信仰与阻拦众肢体传讲天国福音的手段加深加重,当局控制各种公共资源打压像秋雨圣约这样的真教会。此时,我们看到上帝大能的膀臂托举着衪的百姓,施恩赐下奇妙的作为。

秋雨圣约教会众肢体经过不懈努力开通了新兴媒介,旨在传扬主耶稣基督荣耀的福音和那永恒的盼望。
它们是:

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秋雨圣约教会Telegram慕道友群 https://t.me/joinchat/KgFdAle4UqB81s4Q6Zc2KQ

秋雨圣约教会YouTub频道 https://www.youtube.com/cha…/UCn7IF7YEKrgKi0LaCsX8YCg/about…

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秋雨圣约归正长老教会
2018年12月28日星期五


2018年12月27日星期五

让我伤心落泪的,是早上看到C姊妹家的四个孩子,要被带回原籍宣汉,可能再也回不来了。

汉这四个孩子,家庭极其困难,父亲不在了,母亲有精神疾患,爷爷奶奶均年事已高,无力抚养,当地福利机构又根据什么奇怪规定拒收,可怜四个孩子,小的两三岁,大的也没过十岁,在家里也就是勉强活命而已。CW收养回成都,我记得当时教会轰动一阵,加上自己生的,他们家里一下子五个孩子,好不热闹,当然经济上也紧张了,W只是名普通快递员,养活一家不容易。但这都不是太大的事,神家的孩子当然神来养,大家一起养,孩子们一年多来在这里生活、上学,好开心的样子。

恼的是,这次事情开始后,魔鬼为了给C姊妹一家的属灵生命更大打击,给宣汉那边谎称孩子们落入了邪教团伙,要解救回去。今天被迫从成都出发后,C在朋友圈里哭成了泪人,再没有事情比今天这件事让我伤痛,心都被刀刺透了。


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


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Editors note: These Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletins (below) are directly from the church in Chengdu, China seeking to communicate with their church members in the underground movement and seeking prayer and help from the watching world, especially followers of Christ. Special thanks to Brent Pinkall for translating these bulletins and reports and helping make them available to the public. Please pray and share with others.

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Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (06/28/19)

June 20: In the morning, police entered the home of a couple, saying they needed to register their address. A few children were studying and playing in the home at the time. Immediately afterward, officers from the North Renmin Street Police Station and the Bureau of Education appeared. A few parents who rushed over to get their children were taken to the North Renmin Street Police Station, along with their children. One brother there was slapped in the face. After a few hours, the parents and children were taken away by officers from their respective local police stations. They were not released until later that afternoon and evening.

Lord, show your kindness and mercy. Cover the eyes of the wicked and destroy the schemes of evildoers. Protect your little sheep. Over the past six months, many children have seen their parents being monitored, followed, taken away, insulted, and even beaten. They have experienced the pain of being separated. They have experienced real spiritual warfare. Dispel all fear from their hearts and from the hearts of their parents. Turn them into people who will follow you all the days of their lives.

June 25: Brother Ma, who is blind, after moving and starting a new blind massage parlor, was once again told by his landlord that he must move out. She said she is still being pressured by local authorities. Recently, a number of families have already moved or have been required to move. Lord, you are the Lord of all the earth. We are strangers and sojourners here. Lead each of these people and their families. You alone make us to dwell in safety. Bless those who have helped families from Early Rain in various ways, and have mercy on each person in this world whose soul is deceived.

During the past six months, many brothers and sisters have suffered various losses. But we are thankful for their endurance in the midst of these difficult times. We are even more thankful for the ways in which God has comforted and encouraged us through his Word. “Sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” (Heb. 10:33-36)

We are also thankful that, in the midst of these difficulties over the past six months, many brothers and sisters have announced that they have begun dating. Others are preparing for marriage. Some have already had their weddings and others are about to have their weddings. We offer up blessings and thanksgivings to God. The church is a large family. Some meet in church buildings and some do not. Some have been forcibly scattered. Some in the church are strong, and some are weak. Some are married, and some are single. But regardless of our situations, may we, as a family, bear this yoke together and resist the schemes of Satan.

We also continue to pray for Pastor Wang Yi, Elder Li Yingqiang, Elder Qin Defu, and brother Gou Zhongcan. They have become “ambassadors in chains” for the sake of the gospel. May they do the will of God in jail. May God comfort their family members and their church family. May God also have mercy on those who are persecuting church members. There is persecution without and war within. In the midst of these trials and tribulations, may we become a band of brothers in Christ. “None who wait for you shall be put to shame.” For nothing compares to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ and gaining him.

There is war without and fear within. Brothers and sisters from churches all over the world, blameless and innocent children of God who are living in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, “you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.” (Phil. 2:15-16) “Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.” (Eph. 6:23-24)

Early Rain Covenant Church
June 28, 2019


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (06/19/19)

June 11: Pastor Wang Yi’s wife Jiang Rong was released on bail and sent to her brother’s house, where she is being monitored. At the moment, no one can see her except close relatives. In addition, sister Li Xiaofeng and her husband were sent back to Guangxi. Deacon Ge Yingfeng, who was released on bail on June 14th, was also sent back to Shanghai with his family. May our Heavenly Father continue to bestow abundant grace on them and surround them and their families with steadfast love.

The church is the home of the eternal God. “And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” (Heb. 3:6) One year ago during the Lord’s Day on Father’s Day, Pastor Wang Yi called on brothers in the church who were fathers to pledge to fulfill their duties as fathers. On Father’s Day this year, we are thankful for our Heavenly Father’s protection and guidance of our church over the past six months. Only our Heavenly Father can make us one in the Truth and build us up together in love.

We also pray especially for those members in the church who are going through various difficult circumstances. “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” (Is. 40:29) May our Heavenly Father look after those brothers and sisters who are ill or in the process of healing. May he comfort those who are grieving in tears. May he show mercy toward our children and our relatives. And may he grant us sufficient grace and opportunities to help each other.

Over the past week or two, we have seen authorities continue to put great pressure on house churches in cities like Chengdu, Xiamen, and Taiyuan. As the church faces this nation-wide persecution, we ask God to protect his church and to train up his children in the midst of this unique situation. May these trials not breed fear but rather hearts full of love and hope. May we always be ready to respond with meekness and reverence to those civil servants, police officers and community monitors who do not generally give themselves the opportunity to hear the gospel.

Recent events in Hong Kong have attracted the attention of the whole world. As the Lord’s church faces societal changes and challenges, may it use this opportunity to reflect on and pray for the healing of society’s wounds. And may the church and Christians proclaim to this world even more proactively and courageously that Christ is the only hope and means of escape for the world and that he alone is our peace. (Eph. 2:14) Christians are children of peace. May the Lord lead his children in the midst of these trials and helps us to walk the straight path.

June 17: In the evening, there was a category 6 earthquake (the center of the earthquake was in Yibin, Sichuan Province, and there were strong tremors in Chengdu). It was as if God was reminding the church and Christians again of Hebrews 12:28: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.” May every persecution and trial be for us an opportunity for greater repentance, greater wakefulness, greater steadfastness, greater commitment, and greater service.

To quote the words of a pastor during the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake: “May the unshakeable kingdom of Christ become for us, in the midst of these turbulent times of calamity, a sure foundation and the goal and motivation for our lives. May the unshakeable kingdom of Christ be manifest through us and spread to every nation and tribe and people and tongue. May the unshakeable kingdom of Christ swallow up everything that can be shaken, so that all people might fall down at the feet of Christ and give to God the glory he is due.”

Early Rain Covenant Church
June 19, 2019


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (5/30/19)

“5/14: Brothers Wu Wuqing and Wang Jun, who were placed in administrative detention for fifteen days, completed their sentences and returned to their homes. Officers have recently begun monitoring them and other brothers and sisters or increasing the number of those monitoring and following them. One brother submitted a request for administrative review of his case after previously being placed in administrative detention. Local police came to his home to speak with him in hopes that he would retract his application for review.

5/15: The lock on brother Tang and sister Zheng’s front door was previously filled with glue and their electric meter was stolen. Their landlord went to the electric company and canceled their account because he could not handle the pressure from police and community monitors. Brother Tang and sister Zheng were therefore forced to use candles for light. In the end, the landlord broke their contract and urged them to move out.

5/16: Sister Yang (the widow of brother Zhang Xianchi, who was taken by the Lord earlier this year after being diagnosed with a serious form of cancer) had surgery to remove a tumor from her pancreas. Brothers and sisters took turns visiting her and bringing her food while she rested in the hospital. We are thankful that God leads his disciples. The more difficult circumstances they encounter, the more they demonstrate love for each other. May the Lord heal and comfort the many brothers and sisters who are ill, and may he guide and protect each person and family as we face battles both in our families and in our church.

He who is of the darkness comes only to steal and destroy, but our good shepherd has come that we may have life and have it abundantly. (Jn. 10:10) “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” (2 Cor. 3:17) The church of the Lord is the manifestation of God’s free and glorious kingdom on earth. He is with his church. May he display his marvelous works and power to his church and to the world.

Regardless of the current political situation, may the Lord continue to lead and build his church. May he grant heavenly freedom, peace, and joy to Early Rain Covenant Church and to every church. May he help us to face every form of persecution and hardship with meekness, endurance, courage, and wisdom, and may he help us to continue to fulfill the mission he has given us. “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!” (Ps. 80:3)

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Col. 3:1-4) Lord, show us your glory! May that reviving Spirit of fire revive us! May that Spirit that moved previous generations of saints move us twice as much as it did them!

Early Rain Covenant Church
May 30, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (05/13/19)

“May 1: During the Labor Day break, as brother Xiao and sister Chen tried to take their child to the park to play, the police officers who have been monitoring them prevented them from leaving. The reason given was that brother Xiao was wearing a t-shirt with an Early Rain Covenant Church logo on it. Even though the couple was willing to compromise with the officers, their whole family was taken to the Funan Police Station. They did not return home until later that evening. Another family that had originally planned to go play with them was also told they weren’t allowed to leave their home because members of Early Rain are not allowed to meet together.

May 7: Brother Ding Shuqi, who has been locked up at the Chengdu Detention Center for five months, was released on bail pending trial. National security officers escorted him from Chengdu to Xi’an. He will continue to be monitored at his home in Xi’an.

Over a month ago, brother Liu, who was previously released on bail and deported back to his hometown in Hubei Province, was struck from behind by an unidentified man, causing intracranial hemorrhaging. He was hospitalized for eight days before being released. May the Lord comfort him and heal him.

And may the Lord help all of our other brothers and sisters residing in various cities to stand strong together in the Lord. Our enemies want to make us afraid, but God will give us resolve, love, and faithfulness. May the Lord lead us and help us to receive grace and power from him each day through Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship.

May 10: Mr. Fang and a few elementary school students were studying in a teacher’s studio at his home when Mr. Fang was taken away by police around noon. He was taken to two police stations and interrogated five times. He was not released until late that night. The owner of the studio, Mr. Yu, and his family members were investigated and threatened.

May 12th through June 4th is the “Month of Prayer for Our Nation” each year at Early Rain Covenant Church. This year, more and more churches all over the nation are being persecuted, ordered to stop meeting together, and shut down. May the Lord lead his children, and may we sacrifice our knees in prayer through these difficult times, praying for all people and keeping watch for our nation. May the Lord show favor toward his church and grant us peace in the midst of storms and darkness. And may he cause the gospel to go forward throughout the earth. “Do not fear what you are about to suffer…Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10)

There is persecution without and war within. But “who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” (1 Pet. 3:13-16). May the Lord strengthen all of his churches and children on this earth who are united together!

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Col. 3:1-4) Lord, show us your glory. May the Spirit of fire revive us. May that Spirit that moved the saints of past generations move us even more!

Early Rain Covenant Church
May 13, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (4/30/2019)

“April 22: Brother Shen returned home after completing his one-month sentence at the Chengdu Detention Center. He will continue to live at home under residential surveillance for half a year. He is experiencing lower back pain as a result of his time in jail. May the Lord lead and protect all of the brothers and sisters who are either still in jail or who have been released on bail pending trial and sent back to their hometowns, for they are facing great physical and spiritual challenges. May we pray for them and look out for them.

April 22-28: The homes of two couples, brother Tang and sister Zheng and brother Zhang and sister Yu, were vandalized. They live in the Xiaoguanmiao community on Taisheng Road in Qingyang District. The locks on their doors were filled with glue, the electricity meter was stolen, their water was cut off, and the words “murder, life for life” and “payback for your debt” were spray-painted on the wall by their doors. The locks were immediately replaced, but someone filled them with glue again multiple times over the next few nights. People have also continued to visit their homes to threaten them to move. Those who are threatening them have said they don’t care about the law. Each time the couples have reported the incidents to the police, the only response from the police, the community monitors, and the property management has been, “If you don’t feel safe you can move.”

April 29: On Monday, Mr. Wang, a teacher at the church school, was having class along with a few students at brother Wu’s house. At noon, multiple police and community monitors entered brother Wu’s home. Mr. Wang and brother Wu and his wife were taken away. The students were kept there and monitored. Sister Tang called the police station and found out that they were taken to the Jianshe Road Police Station and interrogated by national security from Chenghua District. In the afternoon, the students’ parents were detained while trying to pick them up. The parents learned that all of the children were questioned without them present and interrogation reports were written up (this is a violation of relevant laws).

Some books, gospel tracts, computers, and phones were confiscated from brother Wu’s home. After midnight, sister Xiong, brother Wu’s wife, was taken back to her home. On the morning of the 30th, sister Xiong and sister Tang went to the police station to inquire about their husbands. They were told that brother Wu and Mr. Wang were placed in administration detention for fifteen days and that they had already been sent to the Chengdu Detention Center. This is the second time that brother Wang has been arrested since December of last year. At that time he was arrested for worshipping outdoors in public and was placed in administrative detention for fifteen days. This time he was arrested for homeschooling.

“He bore the curse, that I might be blessed; He drank the cup, that I might feast. For he lives and was wounded out of love for me.” “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” (Heb. 9:27) Jesus Christ bore the punishment we deserve for our sins. Those words that were spray-painted on those homes still reflect the values that God has implanted in man’s heart. “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matt. 24:12) Even as the world tries to prevent us from doing good, may the Lord grant us the power to be wounded out of love for others as we face slander and harassment. We know well that we owe a gospel debt. “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Cor. 15:58)

Early Rain Covenant Church
April 30, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (04/22/2019)

“April 11: Brother Pan Fei was released on bail pending trial. He was sent back to his home in Shaqu in Dayi County. His phone was confiscated.

April 15: Pastor Wang Yi’s lawyer brother Zhang Peihong submitted a request to meet with Wang Yi at the Chengdu City Detention Center. The head of the detention center responded by saying that because the case is still under investigation, he could not arrange for Zhang to meet with Wang Yi. On April 16th, the police officer in charge of the case spoke with Zhang and said that the investigation would be completed within seven months of Wang Yi’s arrest in accordance the law and that before it was completed, he would arrange for Zhang to meet with Pastor Wang Yi in accordance with the law. He also said that “relationships are more powerful than laws.”

April 16: Soon after Elder Su Bingsen’s wife Xu Miaozhuang moved with her children to her husband’s parent’s home in Shandong, Elder Su’s father received a phone call from the Chenghua District Police Station asking him to come to Chengdu because Elder Su was going to be released on bail pending trial. On the evening of April 18th, Elder Su flew with police officers to Xiamen (Elder Su’s hukou is in Chengdu, but he was taken to his hometown in Xiamen to be monitored). Even though they did this in order to further break up the church, at least Elder Su can finally be back with his wife and children after being separated from them for four months.

April 21: On Easter Sunday, a dozen or so brothers and sisters decided to meet together at North Lake Park on the outskirts of the city to worship and remember the Lord who rose from the dead for us. After some of the church members left around noon, national security agents from the Chengdu Municipal Police Station and the Chenghua District Police Station took husband and wife Wang Jun and Tang Shuang and their child Levi, sister Tang’s sister Tang Chao, and sister Liu Xingfeng and her two children Ma Yuman and Ma Keke to the Longtan Temple Police Station, where they were interrogated. They were all released one-by-one late that night.

“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” (Ps. 119:71) May the Lord keep us from wasting these experiences, and may he grant us spiritual rewards as we trust in him. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” (Heb. 10:24) May the Lord protect and shepherd his church and children. May he grant us fellowship in the Spirit and help us to look out for each other. May he, through his Spirit, rejuvenate those families and church members who have experienced various trials that they may renew their strength in him.

At the same time, this Passion Week and Easter we see battles that your church is facing all around the world. On Easter Sunday, multiple churches and hotels were intentionally bombed in Sri Lanka. More than 200 died. “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Pet. 5:8) May we, in the midst of tribulation, still believe and proclaim, “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6:2) Only the love of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross can dispel years of enmity. May God grant peace and comfort to those lands in terror. Lord, remember mercy! (Hab. 3:2) Revive your work in the midst of the years!

Early Rain Covenant Church
April 22, 2019”


February 2, 2019

A brother from the church was just kicked out of his apartment by his landlord because the police told her he is part of an “evil cult.” The message from his landlord reads as follows: “The police station said that it’s illegal for you to participate in an evil cult, so I can no longer rent out my apartment to you. Please move out. I cannot get a hold of you by phone.”

February 1, 2019

Brother Pan Fei of Early Rain Covenant Church was fired from his job at Yonghui Superstore for refusing to stop going to church. On the “resignation” form he was forced to sign, he wrote: “For believing in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God and Savior of mankind, my employment with Yonghui Superstore has been terminated.”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (01/23/19-01/30/19)

“‘For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.’ (2 Tim. 1:7-8)

Our Lord, through these trials, has allowed both those in and outside of prison to testify together for the Lord.

Jan. 23: In the middle of the night, officers from the Caoshi Police Station took away sister Zhang Xiaohong and put her in criminal detention on charges of ‘illegal business operations.’ As the time approaches for families to reunite for Spring Festival, authorities are still enforcing rigid policies, putting great pressure on the church and on Christians. Those Christians who have been arrested and locked up have shown no signs of capitulating.

Jan. 24: A dozen or so Chengdu police officers and national security officers traveled a great distance to a sister’s home in another city and illegally searched the home. Police took this sister’s new iPhone 8 Plus, which costs 6000 yuan, and they still have not returned it. According to this sister, the phone was a New Year’s gift from her daughter. She has not done anything illegal, but police said the phone was a tool involved in this case. Without following any proper protocol, they took it from her home.

Jan. 25: At night, 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. On the 26th, they inquired of various people and were sent all over the place. 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. They finally learned that the cards were frozen by the Qingyang District branch of the Chengdu Public Security Bureau.

Jan. 27: Preacher Cheng Zhangchun was released on bail pending trial. Last Thursday, the government sent someone from his hometown in Anhui Province to Chengdu to take him back to his hometown to monitor him. Preacher Cheng Zhangchun was released on bail pending trial for one year and forbidden from traveling. His personal communication devices were confiscated. After he was released from prison, it appears that his wife’s phone was also taken. Brothers and sisters have lost contact with his entire family.

Jan. 28: Four brothers and sisters who were arrested at a Lord’s Day gathering on Jan. 13 and placed in administrative detention for 15 days fulfilled their sentences and returned home. These include brother Qiu Hao, husband and wife Jianqing and Zhixue, and sister Haiyan. Praise the Lord! At this time, everyone who was placed in administrative detention has completed their sentences.

Jan. 29: Another young couple, after getting to know each other in the midst of these hardships of the “12/9” persecution and after praying, has decided to begin dating. May the Lord bless them and lead them down the path ahead of them.

Jan. 30: Spring Festival is almost here, but there are still 14 brothers and sisters in prison. Their family members thought that since they cannot celebrate Spring Festival with their other halves, they would try to send them some gifts in prison. They figured that the thing that would make their loved ones inside most happy would be a Bible. But after much effort, they were still unable to get Bibles to them.

Older brother Zhang Xian, who got sick and was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 4, is still dealing with a serious illness. Every evening brothers and sisters must be with him. May the Lord have mercy on him. In the midst of these tribulations, brothers and sisters have been showing more care and support for each other and have been praying more for each other. They have also been receiving attention, greetings, encouragement, financial support, and prayer support from brothers and sisters from all over. We are so thankful for the big family God has given us. May all glory go to our Heavenly Father!

Early Rain Covenant Church
January 31, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (01/15/19-01/22/19)

“Jan. 15: Brother Zhu, who was placed in criminal detention on charges of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’ for reposting an Early Rain Covenant Church prayer letter, was released on bail pending trial after being locked up for 30 days. May the Lord bless his mother, who has severe dementia, and those family members of his who don’t yet believe in the Lord, that they might be able to experience with him peace and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jan. 17: Brother Li, who believed in the Lord and was baptized last week on his sickbed in the ICU, left this world and returned to his heavenly home at 7:20 a.m. on the 17th due to his illness. He was 83 years old. Please continue to pray for brother Li’s family members. May the Lord comfort them in their grief and give them hope for the day they meet again.

Today police suddenly burst into the home of one sister. Without following any proper legal procedures, they searched her home, rummaging through boxes and shelves. They did not find anything and left. Police tore up a copy of Article 39 of the Constitution that another sister had taped to her door. When asked about it he denied it. There is great injustice here. Please pray for law enforcement officers and ask the Lord to enlighten them that they might see their sin and helplessness and turn to seek the Lord who saves men from sin and brings them into the light!

Today we learned that a sister had a heart attack from the stress brought about by being followed and threatened for such a long time. The official who was harassing her said, “You can call the police at 110 if you’re able!” Another sister had an anxiety attack. Thank God brothers and sisters from her small group immediately went to take care of her. Please pray for brothers and sisters in these kinds of situations and ask the Lord to especially watch and protect them, to make them strong in the Lord, and to open a way for them!

Jan. 18: It is reported that churches and brothers and sisters from all over the country who previously purchased Early Rain Covenant Church books and sermon flash drives through WeChat have been being harassed. Police are entering their homes and searching for books, taking them to the police station for interrogations, and so on. Some have also been spoken to with threatening language for very long periods of time, and authorities have gone to their workplaces to pressure them. Brothers and sisters to whom this may concern, please be vigilant and make necessary preparations.

Jan. 19: This was the day of brother Li’s memorial service. Many brothers and sisters were prevented by guards from leaving their homes early in the morning. Even though there were all kinds of disturbances, the memorial service proceeded according to schedule. Brother Li’s body was covered with a sheet with a cross on it. Before it was taken to the cremation furnace, the hymn ‘God Be With You Till We Meet Again,’ which we had just sung at the memorial service, unexpectedly began playing right there. Having not previously planned this, we were all both surprised and delighted. This really was the good purpose of God! Praise the Lord! The promises of God are trustworthy! Thank you to the whole Body for praying!

Jan. 20: The Lord’s Day. The topic of the sermon was “The Storm of Eden,” and the Scripture was chapter three of Genesis. Please keep praying for those brothers and sisters who are being kept from participating in Sunday worship and cannot fellowship with other members. Ask the Holy Spirit to be present with them and to bless them with comfort and mercy! And ask the Lord to help them break free of these barricades so that they can once again experience the joy of worshipping together with their family in the Lord!

Jan. 21: The three brothers and sisters who were previously detained for holding the Gospel Class completed their sentences. They were released and returned home. The other brothers and sisters, seeing them finally reunite with their family members, rejoiced. We are also thankful that the employer of one of the sisters kept back her job for her. We are also especially thankful for those family members who do not yet believe in the Lord but who have been accepting and understanding. May the Lord especially open their hearts, and may they be drawn to that peace and eternal glory that cannot be taken away. May they seek and follow the Lord!

Summary and Prayer:

This week, many brothers and sisters were taken away multiple times for interrogation. The questions of those handling the case have centered on Pastor Wang Yi’s financial circumstances. For example, in addition to the electric scooter that he has been riding to and from work these past dozen or so years, does he also have a Mercedes Benz or a BMW? Some police have even said very directly through the course of their coercing and bribing, ‘We want to convict Wang Yi with a crime. As for the rest of you, it depends whether or not you cooperate. If you cooperate, you can return home for New Year’s and won’t have any problems.’ In their eyes, laws are clearly just decorations they can play around with.

Brothers and sisters are being visited by leaders from their registered permanent residences, including county heads of the United Front Work Department, bureau chiefs of the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs, and village mayors. They are coming to Chengdu at public expense to speak with them and to require them to leave Chengdu, to return home, and to cut ties with Early Rain. Some brothers and sisters are being closely guarded in their hometowns and are not being allowed to return to Chengdu. Those brothers and sisters who are out on bail are also being strictly watched. What is even more ridiculous, family members of those in criminal detention are being surrounded by five or six people whenever they leave their homes. They are even afraid of women and children!

So far, those who have been in jail since the beginning have all exceeded the 40-day limit. Some say they have already been indicted, but their family members have not yet received any indictment documents. Some family members have seen documents and signed them but were not given copies. According to Chinese criminal law, all who have been placed in criminal detention throughout this case are allowed to meet with their lawyers. But throughout this case, none of the lawyers have been able to meet with their clients. They have not even been allowed to meet with those who have already been indicted. What’s worse, while the detention center falsely claims that someone is being arraigned, the Justice Bureau simultaneously calls and notifies the lawyer that the director is not able to meet with him and that there is no use waiting. The shameful trampling of the law by Chengdu authorities has been incredible. May God comfort his servants and the hearts of his children on earth, and may he heal this land, granting liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and setting the oppressed free.

Some brothers and sisters are seriously considering formally applying to withdraw from the Communist Party after seeing what is really happening and the differences of values. Please pray for them, asking the Lord to strengthen them and to open a way for them.

Brothers and sisters who were once in administrative detention have come out and shared about their experiences. First of all, they realized that they were not as prepared as they thought they were. And they did not have the love and desire to share the gospel with drug users and thieves to the degree they once thought. They shared that they wanted to memorize more hymns and Bible verses so they could strengthen themselves and bless others. They also summed up some specific experiences. For example, people who were locked up were really weak and unaccustomed to that environment for the first few days. If brothers and sisters had visited them it would have greatly helped them. Their family members outside could usually get by fairly well for the first few days, but later they became more and more exhausted and lonely and needed brothers and sisters to visit them and help them. Hopefully churches that are preparing for similar situations can draw on these experiences and better care for each other.

Finally, let us think about what Paul said in prison: ‘I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.’ (Phil. 1:12-14) We believe that this is also the desire of those brothers and sisters who are locked up. May we all advance the gospel! May we respond with the gospel to those who are persecuting us, guarding us, and limiting our freedom. May we love those unlovable people with the love of Jesus. And may we cover with the righteous garments of Christ the weaknesses, failings, and humiliation of ourselves and others, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God!

Early Rain Covenant Church
January 22, 2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (01/09/19-01/15/19)

“’May every street know the name of the Lord Jesus!’

We don’t know how many streets have heard the name of the Lord Jesus until now, but we know this number is increasing. This increase is not on account of our initiative, nor did we orchestrate it. And God is still continuing to send his ‘special ambassadors’ to prison. This week, eight brothers and sisters were released on bail pending trial, and four more were placed in administrative detention. We use the passive voice here because regardless of whether we are being arrested or being released, we are not doing this of our own initiative.

Jan. 8: The lawyer whom Pastor Wang Yi appointed for himself was taken away by Chengdu police after meeting with Pastor Wang Yi’s mother and son. He was released after six hours. As of now, none of the lawyers working the “12/9” case have seen their clients.

Jan. 9: Brother Zhu Xiaoguang, who was locked up for 27 days in criminal detention, was released on bail pending trial and returned home. He is the first brother we know of to triumphantly return home. He was charged with “illegal business operations,” and his crime was helping the church mail some books. He is the father of little Abel mentioned in the last church bulletin. All of his children were still counting flower petals today looking forward to their father’s return. God has given them an unexpected surprise!

Jan. 10: Brother Fu Lijun and sister Lü Jinheng, who were both in criminal detention, were released on bail pending trial. Brother Liu Yingxu, with whom we had lost contact for a long time, was also released on bail pending trial. Only then did we learn that he had been locked up the whole time. We could not learn any information about him no matter who we asked.

Brother Fu Lijun was the first Christian arrested during the first wave of the “12/9” arrests at Early Rain Covenant Church. His crime was selling the book with the highest volume of sales in the world, the Bible. The sales volume of this book in China is no exception.

Jan. 11: Through help of Facebook staff, our stolen account was returned to us. We officially began using it again on the 11th. These past few days, people have still continually been trying to break into it, resetting the password, and so on. But they have not succeeded. It is likely that these attacks will continue.

We were notified by chance that one sister has been continually and closely guarded at her home by 20 to 30 people since December 9th. She is not even being allowed to leave her home. When she tried getting on a public bus she was dragged off. Because communication channels are being blocked, we did not know that there are some brothers and sisters facing situations like this. Please pray fervently for them!

Jan. 12: Sister Huang Yaling and brother Luo Yao were released on bail pending trial.

Brother Li believed and was baptized in the intensive care ward at the hospital. Praise the Lord! He caused brother Li, who had been in a coma, to wake up that afternoon. His mind was clear and he could clearly communicate. His baptism went smoothly.

Jan. 13: For this second Lord’s Day of 2019, the Scripture was Matthew 12:28-34 and the topic was ‘Loving God and Loving Neighbor.’

One small group was raided while worshipping at a home. A total of eleven adults and three children were taken away during the ordeal. The youngest child was two years old, and the oldest was seven. While police were waiting for more people to come to take them away, brothers and sisters there still continued fellowshipping. Throughout the afternoon until late at night, news trickled in of the brothers and sisters being released one by one. On the second day, it was confirmed that five brothers and sisters had been placed in administrative detention. The sentence of one of them was temporarily suspended, and he was allowed to return home because his wife is still in detention and they have a young child.

Jan. 14: We learned that sister Huang Yutian was released on bail pending trial and returned to her home in Chongqing on the 13th. Brother Wang Fei was also released on bail pending trial.

A young couple announced that they are beginning a relationship together. They shared with everyone about how God led them these past six months from not knowing each other to falling in love with each other, and especially about how God worked all things together for good in the midst of danger and persecution. Through this, God made each of them know for sure that He was the one leading them to enter into a relationship. Even though they are currently forced to be apart and cannot see each other, may God bless them and allow them to break through the distance barrier so that they can know and love each other more, seeking a future running the Heavenly race together.

Jan. 15: Brothers and sisters are still often suddenly being visited by police and taken to the police station for a few hours of interrogation (in some cases even more than 20 hours). Police are searching their phones and trying to crack their passwords. This happened to two more brothers and sisters today. Video cameras have been installed outside the doors of brothers and sisters whose homes are being monitored. They are still being closely followed or secretly stalked. Photos are still secretly being taken of them, and so on. May the Lord give us brothers and sisters an alert mind to help us look out for each other!

National News:

Jan. 10: Fountain of Life Church, which belongs to Western China Presbytery, was raided. The Civil Affairs Bureau, the Religious Affairs Bureau, the Department of Culture, and the police came together, led by the deputy director of the police station. They cited social management regulations (Civil Affairs Bureau), the new religious regulations (Religious Affairs Bureau), and cultural management regulations (Department of Culture). They gave a verbal warning that the church could not organize illegal religious activities. The elders were briefly interrogated and refused to answer many questions. Authorities took a few books.

Jan. 15: At 9:00 a.m., around 50 people with the City Management and Law Enforcement Bureau in Xiamen, Fujian Province, illegally and forcefully removed the aluminum-framed glass partitions, the stainless steel security door, and the electronic lock on the 5th floor of the No. 6 commercial building in Yuanbo Liuli on Xinglin Street in Jimei District without presenting any legal documents. They did so under the pretense of it being a security risk, but their real reason was because the owner of the 5th floor is homeschooling many children and toddlers and throughout the year puts on many cooperative community group activities on the 5th floor, gives education training for teaching mixed classes of regular and special-needs children, hosts activities for families to help each other, holds training for parents, and so on. The security door prevented them from easily entering.

At 11:00 a.m., around 150 Christians in Nanyang prefecture in Henan Province were surrounded by armed police while attending a dinner at the Nanyang Bright Moon Hotel. A few believers who fainted were taken by ambulance to the emergency room. Phone signals inside the hotel were blocked. Details of the situation are not clear.

Summary and Prayer:

After seeing that brothers and sisters of one of our small groups were taken away, a pastor in Wenzhou responded in a message saying, “Thank God! The persecution you are encountering has greatly encouraged me. In the midst of trials and tribulations, you have steadfast hope. This has caused me to repent by fleeing comfort. The next time my church encounters persecution, you suffering saints will remind me that the cross is my glory. Christ’s perfect Kingdom of Heaven has sounded forth out of this environment in which you are trapped and has caused a chain reaction. God has heard our cries.”

Our lives are a play. People will watch it, whether we want them to or not. Sometimes it seems like we are living in peaceful times, but in reality, danger lurks around the corner. Sometimes it seems like the waves are crashing in, but in reality, we are safe and sound. If God uses us to let people see spiritual reality through the play of our lives, then we have lived worthy lives.

As we watch this persecution continue, churches and brothers and sisters from all over the country are being pulled into this storm. This is an opportunity to spread the gospel to the authorities and to all of society, to tell them that God’s only Son Jesus, the savior and king of mankind, was killed in order to save us sinners, was buried, and was raised from the dead by the power of God, that he overcame the power of sin and death. Out of his his love and mercy, God has prepared forgiveness and salvation for all who are willing to believe in Jesus, including Chinese people. At any time, any person can repent of any sin and turn to Christ and fear God, obtaining for himself eternal life and bringing upon his family and country the generous blessings of God.

Early Rain Covenant Church
January 16, 2019”

Attached:
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 (22 people, 8 have already been released on bail pending trial, 14 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. Deacon Ge Yingfeng (illegal business operations)
6. Sister Li Xiaofeng (illegal business operations)
*7. Sister Lü Jinheng (illegal business operations; 01/11/19 released on bail pending trial)
*8. Brother Fu Lijun (illegal business operations; 01/11/19 released on bail pending trial)
*9. Sister Huang Yaling (picking quarrels and provoking trouble; 01/12/19 released on bail pending trial)
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; 01/09/19 released on bail pending trial)
*14. 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 and sent back to Chongqing)
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; 01/12/19 released on bail pending trial)
21. 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)
22. 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)

List of those with whom we have lost contact for an extended period of time (1 person):

23. Brother Ding Shuqi

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

24. Preacher Cheng Zhangchun (placed in administrative detention on 12/15/18 for 14 days then transferred to criminal detention)
25. 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 01/07/19)
30. Brother Zhu Hong (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 01/07/19)
31. Sister Deng Keli (placed in administrative detention for 14 days on 01/07/19)
32. Brother Zhang Jianqing (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/12/19)
33. Sister Yu Zhixue (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/12/19)
34. Brother Qiu Hao (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/12/19)
35. Sister Zhang Haiyan (placed in administrative detention for 15 days on 01/12/19)

Early Rain Covenant Church
01/15/2019”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (01/12/2019 – 01/14/2019)

Saturday, January 12:

“I’m going to pack socks and underwear, put on warm shoes, put on my down coat, delete everything from my phone, turn it off, and then go to Lord’s Day worship. I will bring a printed Bible and take notes by hand. These are the worst of times, Lord, and they are the best of times. The only question left is should I prepare dress clothes or jail clothes?”

Sunday, January 13:

Police detained at least one small group as they met for Lord’s Day worship this morning in China. The member who talked about not knowing whether to wear dress clothes or jail clothes to church this morning (see our previous post) was one of the many who was taken away. An account of the incident is given below:

“Our small group, the college small group, met at C’s home. At around 11:40 a.m., two police officers from a local police station came while we were having fellowship. They wanted us to register our IDs. We didn’t cooperate. They called over four more police officers and demanded again that we register. We still did not cooperate because they did not follow proper protocol for entering a home. Therefore, with the exception of sisters X and L, who were allowed to stay behind to look after the many children, all of the other brothers and sisters were taken away. Before we were taken, J wanted to lead us in a prayer and was forcefully kept from doing so! But God has already heard! While they were calling the other police officers, we continued fellowshipping together and ended with a time of sharing. Praise the Lord! The Lord is with us!”

Monday, January 14:        

Four of the brothers and sisters arrested this Sunday during their small group worship were sentenced to 15 days in jail. Chen Shaowen (receiving family) was released because his wife (Li Chengju) was already in the detention center and had a child at home:

Lord, please look after them and commemorate them for your church. May the Lord be with them personally and give them an unexpected peace! May the Lord personally comfort, inspire, use these limbs to go to the footsteps of the mission, and bring the gospel to those who are desperate and suffering in the dark!


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (01/02/19-01/08/19)

“Praise the Lord! Brothers and sisters at Early Rain Covenant Church welcomed the new year with a New Year’s prayer meeting. Brothers and sisters sacrificed their love and their knees for the church and for those brothers and sisters in prison. They were also comforted and encouraged by God and by each other. In this new year, members of Early Rain Covenant Church are still being harassed in their workplaces and persecuted because of their faith. School authorities are greatly pressuring some members at their schools, and church workers who have not yet been detained are still being closely monitored through various methods.

Jan. 3: Brother C, who went missing for 48 hours, suddenly returned home and was being monitored by community police officers with “red armbands.” During these 48 hours, brother C was detained at the Chengdu City East Gate Police Station. On the first day of interrogations, police handcuffed this brother to the interrogation chair for 24 hours. He did not sleep or rest and was given no food or drink during this time. Many phones and computers from his home were taken. His wife was taken to the police station for interrogation while carrying her swaddled child. Three men and one woman, none of whom identified themselves, interrogated brother C for 48 hours straight using harsh language, threats, and yelling.

Jan. 4: 90-year-old scholar and brother Zhang Xianchi came down with a sudden illness and was rushed to the hospital. Brothers and sisters dropped what they were doing and went to the hospital. Brother H, from one of the church plants, was being strictly monitored at the time. He broke away from those trying to prevent him from leaving and came to Chengdu to be at the bedside of brother Zhang with the other brothers and sisters. They prayed, sang worship songs, and accompanied him during the hospital stay.

Jan. 5: In the afternoon, the pregnant wife of one brother in criminal detention hemorrhaged. Brothers and sisters rushed to help her get to the hospital. Our Father in Heaven took the child in her womb back to himself. His mom named him Abel and wrote a poem titled “On the Road.” Little Abel has already returned home. We are still on the road, waiting for the day when we all arrive home! (During the Dec. 9th incident at Early Rain Covenant Church, area police officers broke down their door in the middle of the night and dragged this sister from her bed to the courtyard of their complex. She was interrogated for a long time at the police station.)

Jan. 6: This was the first Lord’s Day worship of the new year. The Scripture was the Gospel of John 14:1-14 and the sermon was “Do not Be Troubled.” At 5:00 p.m., while nearly 20 students of the Gospel Class [a Sunday School class for seekers] were eating at a restaurant, area police officers from the Shuyuan Road Police Station arrested them. Students of the Gospel Class were released one by one around midnight. They were required to sign pledges that had been printed off ahead of time which forbid them from meeting together and from attending Lord’s Day worship and Bible studies at Early Rain Covenant Church. The next day, three people were taken back to the police station and interrogated. These three members (sister Li Chengju, sister Deng Keli, and brother Zhu Hong) were still not released after 24 hours. After many inquiries, we were told that they are being kept at the Pixian County Detention Center. Their relatives have not yet received any legal documents regarding their detention.

Jan. 7: Brother Chenbing finally found sister Xiaofeng’s detention notice at the post office. The reason it was stuck at the post office was because the mailing address on the notice did not contain the name of her residential district. Brother Chenbing can finally send clothes to his wife. Some sisters said, “We are truly joyful people in the Lord. When we receive a detention notice we are excited and thankful, as though we just received a letter of admission into the Kingdom of Heaven…God has not forgotten the female criminals in prison. He has sent them a few gospel heroines!”

Since the “December 9th incident” at Early Rain Covenant Church, churches from all around the world have been praying for Early Rain Covenant Church in many ways. There have been outdoor prayer meetings. There have been calls to pray every day at a certain time. There are also brothers and sisters from all around the country who are fasting and praying on their own for the members of Early Rain Covenant Church. We believe that God has allowed suffering to come to his children in order to accomplish something greater. Our ultimate hope is not that this country would allow freedom of worship, for the kind of worship our Father in Heaven desires is worship in spirit and in truth, and this worship cannot be restricted. Our ultimate hope is that the gospel would spread throughout the whole world and that the Kingdom of Heaven would come in its fullness!

Early Rain Covenant Church
January 8, 2019”


Early Rain Church Report: Sunday, January 6, 2019

Police raided a Sunday school class for seekers this Sunday while the class was meeting in a restaurant. They took everyone to the police station. Three members have still not been released. An account of the raid is given below by one brother from the church who was taken:

“Today was the exam for the Gospel Class [a Sunday school class for seekers]. It was also our final class. We met at a restaurant to study and to have a fellowship meal together. We began around 5:30 p.m. At about 6:00 p.m., around 20 officers from the Jinjiang District Police Station rushed in and confiscated all of our cell phones and ID cards.

Then they took us to the nearby Shuyuan Road Police Station. At around 7:30 p.m., brother Zhu Hong and sister Ke Li were taken to the interrogation room and interrogated. At around 8:00 p.m., they took three to four brothers and sisters upstairs to be interrogated. Sister Ke Li was interrogated for around two and a half hours. The brothers and sisters upstairs later came down one by one. I left the station at around 12:10 a.m.

According to my cousin who came to pick me up, I was the second person released. I think the first person must have been sister Ren Pingying and her child (I was told that two police officers took them home). When I was released, brother Zhu Hong was still being interrogated (loud and angry yelling was coming from the interrogation room). Sister Cheng Ju is praying with everyone.

Praise the Lord, the police were fairly gentle this time. In the beginning they were quite severe, but later, while we were waiting, we could talk freely, read our Bibles, and sing hymns. During this time, sister Cheng Ju shared the gospel with an assistant officer and prayed for him.

Please pray for those seekers who have not yet believed in the Lord. This is a big test and trial for them. Please pray especially for brother Zhu Hong and sister Cheng Ju. Ask the Lord to protect them and give them words to speak.

The floor outside of the interrogation room is very cold. No one there has eaten or drunk anything yet. May God help us. May he destroy the schemes of Satan. May he give us the full armor of God so that we may testify well to the gospel and fight the good fight for the Lord.

When the police rushed in, my heart was at peace. Everyone was very cooperative. When we got to the police station, I remembered those brothers and sisters who had worshipped and prayed here before. When I realized that we got to share with them in the bitter cup of the Lord, my heart was continually grateful. May the Lord bless this night. Amen!”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (12/26/18-01/01/19)

“12/26: In addition to Christmas Eve gatherings in small groups, there were also small group gatherings in the middle of the week. Brothers and sisters studied, shared, and prayed together, and everyone was greatly comforted. The homes of some brothers and sisters were closely monitored on Wednesday evening and all day Sunday, preventing them from attending the gatherings.

12/28: Preacher Cheng Zhangchun was transferred to criminal detention after his sentence in administrative detention was served.

12/29: Little sister Zimi returned to her heavenly home. Around 70 brothers and sisters gathered at Zimi’s home in the evening to bid her a solemn farewell. They were very grateful. Two police officers came. It was a testimony of the gospel for them.

Twenty-some families have husbands or wives in jail. Family members who expressed their thoughts on Weibo or WeChat all had their accounts closed and their articles deleted. They started a public Telegram channel called “Reflections on the Early Rain Covenant Church 12/9 Incident” (https://t.me/qysysnpd). You are welcome to subscribe!

12/30: On the Lord’s Day, we gathered together for worship using special methods. The sermon was “The LORD Will Double Your Blessings” and the Scripture was Job 42:1-17. Everyone was greatly encouraged. However long we suffer, we will be blessed with double blessings for just as long, and this entire process will testify to the glory of God.

On the previous Lord’s Day, worship was interrupted at the home of Elder Su Bingsen. Almost 20 adults and children were taken to the police station until 5:00 p.m. On this week’s Lord’s Day, all of these people still persisted meeting together and used this as an opportunity to practice doing “small things” for the Lord and to practice overcoming fear and worry in their hearts. Praise the Lord! This was the first time these two groups finished a worship service in its entirety without interruption since December 9th.

Brother Wang Jun, who led the outdoor worship service on the Lord’s Day of December 16th by the river, completed his sentence today and returned home! Everyone called him “The Long-Bearded Knight” and “The Missionary.”

As New Year’s Day approaches, there are still brothers and sisters being forced to leave their homes immediately. They are looking for temporary places to say and trying to pack. They are experiencing many difficulties. The law firm where one sister works terminated her contract after she refused to sign a pledge promising not to attend gatherings at Early Rain Covenant Church. She may now not be able to obtain her lawyer’s certification. Many brothers and sisters have been given a “final notice” that if they attend a gathering at Early Rain Covenant Church again, they will be placed in detention.

12/31: The New Year’s prayer meeting began at 8:30. Each small group took turns leading everyone in a song and in a prayer and shared what they were thankful for. The brothers and sisters were greatly comforted and encouraged. As they entered the new year, everyone listened to the hymn “Everlasting Lord,” based on Psalm 90, hoping that they will have as many days of joy as they do of suffering.

1/1/19: Many family members of those detained have appointed lawyers to take on the 12/9 case, but the lawyers are still not being allowed to meet with their clients. The reason given by the detention center is still that the case is being reviewed. One of the litigants is from Guangdong and is not a Christian. She has been kept in Chengdu under suspicion of “illegal business operations.” Her lawyer has also not been able to meet with her. Not only have these appointed lawyers not been able to see their clients, they have been asked, one after another, by relevant departments to drop their cases.

Nation-wide News:

A Three-Self Church in Luoning County, Henan Province has been forced to remove the First Commandment from the Ten Commandments. Earlier in August, the cross on this church’s building was taken down by the government. Bibles have reportedly been completely removed in order to make way for a new translation of the Bible based on so-called “traditional culture” and the core values of socialism. The government has also required all churches to teach the “core values of socialism” as doctrines.

The homes of villagers in Anhui Province have started being searched and all things related to Christ are being destroyed. Some illiterate sisters have been sending voice messages to encourage each other not to voluntarily take down religious décor in their homes. As a result, their WeChat accounts have been deleted. House churches in cities are also being closed and banned.

Summary and Prayer

The new year will bring more challenges. Persecution may become commonplace in more areas. Ask the Lord to lead us and protect us as we walk in the will of God, that we would do so by faith and not by sight, that we would trust in the good purposes of God, that we would have hearts of gratitude and joy, and that we would respond to all maltreatment with a spirit of gentleness. Pray for all pastors, leaders, brothers, and sisters who are detained and in prison Ask the Lord to comfort, strengthen, and protect their bodies, souls, and spirits from harm. Ask him to open doors for the gospel, that they may boldly preach the gospel! Ask the Lord to look after and protect those who have been forced to move, those who have been threatened at work, and other brothers and sisters who are being coerced and forced into difficult situations. Ask that they would resolutely follow Him, that they would give the most beautiful testimonies for him on earth. Ask that those in authority would not abuse their authority, that those carrying out laws would not violate their consciences, and, more importantly, that God would soften their hearts and open the door of salvation! May the Kingdom of God come quickly!”


NOTE: There are two bulletins for 12/28/18: 1) Morning Bulletin and 2) Evening Bulletin:

Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (evening of 12/28/18)  

“At 6:00 p.m. this evening, a number of police officers came to the home of Preacher Cheng Zhangchun and searched his house. They took a few books, CDs, and his cell phone. Those who came notified his family that Preacher Cheng Zhangchun has been transferred from administrative detention to criminal detention. He is now being held by authorities at the Chengdu City Detention City.

On December 15th, authorities placed Preacher Cheng Zhangchun in administrative detention for 14 days on charges of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble.’ He was originally scheduled to be released on the 29th of this month. According to Chinese criminal law and the usual practices of the justice department, Cheng Zhangchun and the other brothers and sisters in detention might be facing indefinite detention. Authorities can continually alternate forms of detention, prolonging it for several years. The coming days will determine whether or not this is the case for Preacher Cheng Zhangchun.

We just received news that many family members of those in detention have been told they cannot leave their homes tomorrow because city leaders are coming.

A preacher from Enfu Church was notified that authorities are currently trying to determine how close the connection is between the two churches [i.e. Early Rain Covenant Church and Enfu Church].

During this ‘smokeless war’ in China today, when you see the Chinese government shutting down an influential house church on December 9th, when you see Pastor Wang Yi and other brothers and sisters continually being thrown in prison, when you see the following list of those in detention, all of this tells you the actual situation in China.

List of Early Rain Covenant Church Christians with whom we have lost contact or who are being detained (as of 7:51 p.m. on 12/28/18):

List of those in criminal detention (21 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)
21. 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)

List of those in administrative detention (4 people, 3 have completed their sentence):

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):

26. Brother Liu Yingxu
27. Brother Ding Shuqi

Early Rain Covenant Church
8:56 p.m. on 12/28/18”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (Morning of 12/28/18)

“Since the ‘12/9’ incident began, Early Rain Covenant Church’s WeChat [i.e. social media] groups, including evangelism groups, Bible study groups, fellowship groups, education groups, and humanitarian groups (nearly 200 in all), as well as over half of the personal WeChat accounts of church members, have all been permanently shut down or restricted from sending messages. Tencent, the company to which WeChat belongs, did not give any explanation when they shut down these ministry groups of Early Rain Covenant Church. Church members’ personal WeChat accounts have been shut down with notices saying the accounts are “fake,” “too large,” or “unused,” and they have not been given an opportunity to appeal.

The radio station used by the church to spread the gospel has been deleted by NetEase. NetEase has not only restricted the public from listening to the gospel through the NetEase cloud service, they have also deleted all of the gospel materials in the account and forcefully taken away Early Rain Covenant Church’s ownership of all the audio recordings in the account.

On December 11th, the church’s Facebook account was stolen, preventing us from telling the public about the harsh persecution brothers and sisters of Early Rain Covenant Church are experiencing.

Through a series of restrictions on Early Rain Covenant Church and on the faith of brothers and sisters, and through increasingly strict measures preventing church members from preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, authorities are suppressing true churches like Early Rain Covenant Church by controlling various public resources. In this moment we see the mighty arm of God upholding his people, showing them favor and performing wondrous works.

Through much hard work, Early Rain Covenant Church members have opened new media accounts in order to spread the glorious gospel and eternal hope of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are as follows:

Early Rain Covenant Church’s Gospel information Telegram channel: https://t.me/earlyraincovenantchurch

Early Rain Covenant Church’s Telegram group for “seekers” [i.e. non-Christians interested in Christianity]: https://t.me/joinchat/KgFdAle4UqB81s4Q6Zc2KQ

Early Rain Covenant Church’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/cha…/UCn7IF7YEKrgKi0LaCsX8YCg/about…

Early Rain Covenant Church’s GitHub account: https://github.com/chengduqiuyu/-/issues

Email: earlyraincovenantchurch@gmail.com

Early Rain Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church
Friday, December 28, 2018″


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (Dec 27, 2018)

Chinese authorities have forcibly taken away four foster children from one couple at Early Rain Covenant Church. The following is an excerpt from a piece written by Early Rain member Jia Xuewei贾学伟)titled “A Kind of Evil Called Intentional Cruelty” (有一种 叫故意的残忍). Names have been changed for security reasons.

“What makes me weep most is what I saw this morning. The four children in sister C’s family are all being sent back to their birthplace in Xuanhan County and may never be able to return.

The biological family of these four children from Xuanhan is facing extremely difficult circumstances. Their father is absent. Their mother has a mental disorder. Their grandmother and grandfather are very old and have no energy to take care of them. Local welfare agencies won’t take them because of some strange rule. Of these four poor children, the youngest is three years old and the oldest is not yet ten. They were barely surviving at home. C and W brought them to Chengdu to foster them. I remember it caused a stir within the church at the time. With the addition of their own biological child, their family all of a sudden had five lively children. Of course, they were financially strained. W is just a normal mail courier. Providing for his whole family has been difficult. But this has not been a huge concern. God provides for his own children. We all supported them together. For more than a year, the children have been living here and going to school here. They have been so happy.

What is so upsetting is that after the [persecution against Early Rain] began, demons unleashed an even greater spiritual attack on sister C’s family, convincing Xuanhan authorities that those children have fallen into the midst of an ‘evil cult’ from which they must be saved. After they were forced to leave Chengdu today, C cried uncontrollably with her friends. Nothing brings me more pain and grief than what has happened today. My heart has been pierced.”


Early Rain Covenant Church Bulletin (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”


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