In this news update Bob Fu, PhD, founder of ChinaAid, recaps five recent stories relating to Religious Freedom and Human Rights abuses in China. He encourages viewers to pray…
On March 18, Elder Li Yingqiang of Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) made an appeal for joint prayers at 5 pm (China time for four seized GuiyangRen’Ai Reformed Church members….
Elder Li Yingqiang wrote:
At 5:00 p.m. today, I joined Pastor Huang Xiaoning from Guangzhou Bible Reformed Church to pray for Elder Zhang Chunlei, Brother Chen Jianguo, Sister Li Jinzhi, and Sister Li Lin from GuiyangRen’Ai Reformed Church. They lost their freedom on Tuesday, more than 48 hours ago. We do not yet know in what name [charges], nor for how long these Brothers and Sisters will face the [Chinese Communist Party’s] bondage.
Recently, I agreed with Elder Chunlei, Pastor Xiaoning, and several other pastors as well as other believers in Christ that if any of us ever lost our freedom, we would find a way to pray with those outside our prisons at 5:00 pm. Then, Brothers and Sisters still free can have a “rain or shine” prayer meeting with those of us in bondage at that time.3. Xu Yanm visits imprisoned husband, human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, first time in three years
Prior to his arrest in 2018, Lawyer Yu (54-years old) relinquished his practice to provide legal counsel to one of the 300 lawyers arrested in the “709 Crackdown.” As a result, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities arrested him for opposing their operation and his advocacy for constitutional amendment reform. In 2020, the court sentenced him to serve four years in prison, until March 1, 2022, for “inciting subversion of state power.”4. CCP strengthens screening of reportedly “illegal religious activities”
The notice specifically asked neighborhood committees to organize staff to patrol and check mixed-use (Residential-Commercial Hybrid) buildings and business hotels on Saturday evenings and Sundays when most religious activities occur. Once an individual discovers illegal religious activity, they are to report this “crime” to the district’s United Front Work Department (religious affairs bureau) to coordinate the investigation and penalty.5. Chen Jianguo regarding his detention: “If God wills, I hope that it will happen again.”
At 9 am, Chen Jianguo had just finished reading Philippians1:12-18 to the others: “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 bolder to speak the word without fear.”
At the end of the video, Dr. Fu recounts Brother Chen thanking God and praising the Lord. “He used his mighty power to enable me to complete the “retreat”… If God wills, I hope that I get to experience this type of retreat again,” Brother Chen said.
Dr. Fu encourages Christians to pray for God’s will to be done for China’s brutal dictator/leader Xi Jinping; that he can make decisions according to righteousness and with compassion.