Peace in the Lord! On July 10th, Shouwang had her fourteenth Sunday outdoor worship service. Despite hot weather and many obstacles, brothers and sisters continue to seek and worship our God with faith.
July 10th, Beijing, cloudy, with high temperature. In the past week, brothers and sisters were under close watch due to the celebration of July 1st. However, there were more people who managed to arrive at the planned location for outdoor worship on Sunday. As far as we know, at least twenty-six believers were taken away for joining the outdoor worship (including two sisters from Xinshu Church). They were then sent to at least fourteen local police stations. There were also other believers who were taken away but were released on the way to police stations. A sister from our church had physical and verbal conflict with police when they tried to take her to police station, for which we feel regret. And we want to remind brothers and sisters that we should not have physical conflict with police, but treat them with love and perseverance. Till 02:00am on the 11th, the last couple, who are coworkers in Shouwang, was released home. We are very thankful that in front of each police station in which believers were detained, there were several believers praying and waiting for them, which greatly comforted believers detained inside. Through this, many believers deeply felt that we are not alone, we are not experiencing this as isolated individuals; we are experiencing this together during this particular period as a church.
Many of those who went out to join the outdoor worship on Sunday, went there for the first time. We are thankful that so many believers, with faith, are willing to face possible challenges boldly every week; they are willing to stand together with Shouwang church at any price. Through them, as well as through each of us who is willing to sacrifice for our Lord, we see God’s work in Shouwang Church; he is protecting and guiding his church. As we see God is working, our faith is strengthened; we continue to follow him, and to experience his victory in this long-lasting battle.
We do not know how many more Sundays like this we have to face, but we trust that since it is God who began this good work, he will bring it to completion according to his will. May God grant us this victorious faith, so that we may wait for him till the day when his purpose is accomplished. As the Scripture says: “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election.” (2 Peter 1:10a, NIV)
May peace and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the mercy and love of Father God, and the console and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, be with each brother and sister of Shouwang Church and all the churches who remember Shouwang Church in prayers, from this time on and forevermore! Amen.
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