Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday's Voice - China

Update: Shouwang Church in Beijing continues to face opposition
Sources: ChinaAid Association, BBC)

For the sixth straight week, members of Shouwang Church in Beijing, China, have faced opposition from authorities for trying to hold outdoor Sunday worship. On May 15, Beijing police rounded up about 20 church members and roughly 100 church members were confined to their homes to prevent their going to the outdoor worship site. By noon, a few of those taken into police custody were released. Some of the church's leaders, however, including its pastors and elders, have been under extra-judicial house arrest since April 9, the day before the first outdoor worship attempt.

Christians throughout China are advocating for their brothers and sisters belonging to the Shouwang Church, one of Beijing's largest underground churches. The leaders of 17 unofficial Christian churches in China recently appealed to political leaders to protect their right to worship. A petition, addressed to the National People's Congress chairman, has been delivered to parliament, demanding an investigation into the treatment of church members.

Pray for continued resilience of faith for members of the Shouwang Church. Thank the Lord for the many believers willing to stand in solidarity with these suffering believers.

Pray that Chinese authorities will be moved by the witness of Christ's Body and come to justly respect religious freedom.

Pray that the Church in China will continue to show the light of God's love and truth and remain strong amid opposition.


My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Michelle. I am adding your prayer requests to my prayer list. One always hears about persecution in China but yours is the first voice I've heard that is more personal. God bless, Tracy

~Rain``` said...

Praying today.

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