(Beijing—May 02, 2021) On April 30, Beijing Zion Church issued an urgent prayer letter regarding Minister Qie Jiafu. The next day, May 01, Pastor Jin Mingri disclosed another prayer request letter, stating the church had just learned of Minister Huang Chunzi’s detention after she “disappeared” for three days.
As the church prayerfully focused on Minister Oie’s detention, they had not yet learned about the disappearance of Minister Huang [who lived alone]. Until the afternoon of May 01, they did not know that police had also detained her. Later, church members reported that during the afternoon of April 28, Minister Huang posted a message in the church’s chat group that officers were knocking on her door. Afterward, she did not communicate with anyone in the group.
Government officials did not contact Minister Huang’s only family member during her 72-hour detention. When this family member phoned the police station to ask about Minister Huang, the officer did not disclose any information regarding the reason, time, or location of her detention.
According to the latest prayer request letter, Huang Chunzi and Qie Jiafu represent only two of the many brothers and sisters the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regularly targets. As more Christian brothers and sisters undergo persecution, we thank God that He permits us to walk with them. We ask you to pray with us:
1. that God strengthens minister Huang Chunzi and makes a way for us to learn more about her situation.2. for minister Qie Jiafu, and other faithful servants of God who paid a price for serving the Lord. Please pray for God to give them abundant grace.3. that all brothers and sisters frequently contact each other, and care for one another. Pray we pay special attention to all pastors and ministers, and that church leaers avoid going out alone as much as possible. When they must go out alone, pray that other brothers and sisters pay close attention to them and make sure they can be reached.
4. that in such an age of darkness, God will show mercy in China. We pray as Jesus did, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Pray that justice will be re-established in China.
Recently, CCP authorities have increasingly raided house churches during their Sunday services. As they have banned churches and confiscated their possessions, CCP officials have summoned, detained, fined, and sentenced Christian pastors and co-workers. These actions by the CCP’s atheistic regime reveal the escalation of its persecution against house churches right before its centenary.
Today, house churches face great challenges and threats. As the Beijing Zion Church requests in its prayer request letter—pray.
*Minister Qie and his wife had recently married. In the past, Minister Oie had translated the German hymn “Von Guten Mächten” (By Good Forces) into Chinese.
~ Yubing, ChinaAid Special Correspondent