Dear brothers and sisters:
Peace in the Lord! On this past Sunday, we held the twelfth outdoor worship service of this year. It was a cold day with snow, and believers continued to worship our Lord with faith and hope.
As far as we know, on Sunday morning, at least eleven believers were taken away from locations near the platform for attending the outdoor service. Three believers were released on the way, and the rest of them were sent to five local police stations. The last believer was released around 20:00 pm on Sunday.
This was the second time we worshipped outdoor on a snow day since 2009. God is the Lord of our lives, and is also the Lord of heaven and earth and of all creation. He paints the blue sky, and he also commands the snowfall in spring; he is the Lord of the weather. We give thanks to the Lord for his guidance and protection. The Lord himself also once walked the journey of serving with loneliness and hardships, experienced suffering and pain, and faced threats and slanders from men. However, he has overcome it and become our example and strength. May the Lord strengthen us, so that we are determined to suffer for him, not to conform to this world, but to sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15). As we are encouraged by his love, we continue to witness him and to make his name known to the world.
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.
Beijing Shouwang Church