(Liuzhou, Guangxi—Jan. 29, 2015) A detained church elder in China’s southern Guangxi allowed China Aid to publish a letter, below, that he wrote to his fellow church members regarding his seven-month imprisonment on Jan. 15.
Huang Quirui was detained by Liuzhou police from his home in Guangzhou, Guangdong, on June 24, 2014, for “illegal business operations.” Huang is alleged to have been in charge of shipping textbooks published by the Hualin Foreign Language Experimental Kindergarten of Liuzhou, which was established by Liangren Church of Guangzhou, where Huang is a church elder.
Huang is one of four detainees who is currently being tried for his involvement with the character-improvement books compiled by the church, which authorities claim are illegal.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
Peace be with you!
I’m Huang Qiurui, an elder at Liangren Church; let me give my sincere greeting to all of you in the Lord Jesus Christ. May our supreme father endow you with grace and peace.
I miss you very much and I remember you all in my daily prayers. On every Sunday, my heart is with you, and together we worship the lamb who sits on the throne.
Be thankful for the blessings from our heavenly father who endows you with confidence, hope, and a loving heart that make you stand firm with the help of the Lord.
“We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.” (Hebrews 3:14)
“…And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.” (Hebrews 3:6)
In the house of God, there is a group of people who continuously have conviction. In the house of God, there is a group of people with confidence and hope. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, you are such a group of people!
May God bless you!
My dear brothers and sisters, I miss so much: You are my joy and my royal crown. Amen!
At the end of June last year, I suddenly was forced to leave you all. Little did I know that I would still not go back to you after seven months had passed. Starting at the end of the first month, I thought I should be able to go back to you. However, the fact I’m facing is disappointing. On every day and night in these past seven months, I’ve felt as if I were taking a walk with a snail and time were elapsing very slowly. However, I’ve felt an urgency in my heart to see you all. May God show mercy to me and let me be released as soon as possible.
From the appearance, it seems that I was arrested this time because I participated in the publishing of an illegal religious publication. However, the police found later that they don’t have sufficient evidence to support this charge, and there is no way they can prove I have violated the law. Now, I’ve come to see more and more clearly the intention of the law enforcement agency. They want to use this opportunity to undermine my church life and my ministry. I have already written my defense opinions. Tomorrow, I will argue based on reason in court in the hope that I can be acquitted and released thanks to the “rule of the country according to law,” which is expounded these days.
In the past decades, persecution incidents in China like this are not new. Spiritually speaking, it’s an attack by the devil against the church and is a popular trick used by Satan.
Certainly, suffering is beneficial to me! God is testing me and molding me through tribulation. He wants to mold me into a useful instrument. I have learned many lessons in this tribulation. Wait until I am released so that I can share with you one lesson after another. In 2014, the vision of Liangren Church was a year of growth. Some people have grown and others have been grown. I belong to the latter. The vision I have for 2015 is to “follow the Lord.” Let me share this vision with you. If you are moved, you can also regard this as your vision.
Jesus said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24). I think a true follower must sacrifice himself or herself, do it every day, and carry the cross. I advise you to work with me and learn to be a true Jesus follower. Therefore, we should exhibit “mutual affection… For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:7-8) For if you exhibit love for our fellow people, “you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:11)
Implore God to increase His blessings so that more people are selected to go and serve the Lord and share the ministry in the church. Please also pray for me so that I can go back to you as soon as possible.
May our heavenly father’s love, Christ’s grace, and the moving of the Holy Spirit be with you! Amen!
Recently, the hymns I often sing are “The Lord, I’m in Front of You,” “Molding Me,” “The Conveyer of Cross,” and “I Don’t Leave or Abandon Your Love.” I hope you also like them.
January 15, 2015
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