(Chengdu, Sichuan Province—August 31, 2021) Zhang Fan, a Christian who attends Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC),* initially scheduled her wedding for the afternoon of August 28. Because of Sister Zhang’s affiliation with Chengdu ERCC, however, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities repeatedly harassed owners of venues she leased; forcing her to terminate the contracts for three locations and hold her wedding at home.
Prior to Ms. Zhang’s wedding, planned for the afternoon of August 28, the owner of the first venue she had reserved phoned her and said, “You cannot use my shop for your wedding. You have to find a new location.” Sister Zhang then contacted another shop owner and signed a new lease for her wedding venue. Police officers also harassed this shop owner, causing the owner to likewise void this contract. The next morning, Sister Zhang contacted the owner of the Chengdu Juranzhijia Glaze Shop who agreed she could hold her wedding there. Nevertheless, CCP police officers again threatened the shop owner who voided the contract. This forced Ms. Zhang to again change her wedding venue.
Disappointed and sad, Ms. Zhang posted the following on her WeChat Moments:
I am a Christian who planned to hold my wedding at Chengdu Juranzhijia Glaze Shop. Due to police officers’ pressure, the owner just told me that I cannot be married there.
Now, it is raining in Chengdu, and I don’t know what to do.
Ultimately, due to police officers repeatedly foiling Sister Zhang’s efforts to secure a venue for her wedding, she decided to hold the ceremony in her home. Despite her house’s small size, causing many fellow Christians to have to celebrate with her online, and even with the CCP repeatedly disrupting her venue, Sister Zhang’s wedding turned out to be peaceful, moving, majestic, and memorable.
- Today is my most angry day since the massive crackdown
against our church. The government oppresses us so hard. We are like birds
flying in the sky. Only our faith can sustain and help us not to fall into the chasm.
- Police have summoned me to their station
several times, but even when officers beat me up, I was not this angry. This couple
had scheduled their wedding for the afternoon, but Satan [using CCP authorities]
kept disrupting the plan.
Satan, you should know: Christ has conquered the world… If
God be for us, who can be against us? God has made a covenant with us. Satan should
- The government officials forced the
couple to change their wedding venue last night. After they
finally found another venue, they were forced to change their venue again. They were sad and worried, but God is faithful. He gave them the most beautiful wedding. Praise God…
Satan tried to disrupt God’s plan, but God invited angels to the beautiful wedding.
* Since the December 9, 2018, massive crackdown against Chengdu ERCC, CCP authorities have arrested more than a hundred pastors, preachers, and Christian co-workers. Authorities sentenced Pastor Wang Yi to serve a heavy, 9-year sentence, and Elder Qin Defu to serve 4 years in prison.
CCP authorities have forcibly expelled, monitored, summoned, and detained numerous elders, deacons, and co-workers. Last Sunday, [August 22] they arrested 28 people at Christian He Shan’s home during the Tashui group’s service. The youngest person police arrested was only 1-year-old. Police officers beat Li Chengju and her husband, as well as Shu Qiong and her spouse. Authorities also issued a 14-day administrative detention, with a fine of Chinese Yuan ¥1,000 ($155 United States dollars) to Tashui group leader Dai Zhichao.
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