Pray for our brothers and sisters in China.
“US Christians Visit ‘MayFlower Church’ to Block Chinese Regime from Kidnapping Religious Refugees” https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2022/august/us-christians-visit-mayflower-church-in-s-korea-to-block-chinese-regime-from-kidnapping-religious-refugees
“According to the persecution watchdog group ChinaAid, “Mayflower Church” is a group of 60 believers from Shenzhen Holy Reformed that fled China for Jeju Island, South Korea.”
“”Our church would educate our children about our religious beliefs, and the police would come along and force them to enroll in school so they could be brainwashed,” founding pastor Pan Yongguang said.
“They didn’t want us to teach our children the Bible, and children are banned from attending church. This went against our faith and our consciences,” he told Union of Catholic Asian News, earlier this year…”
“ChinaAid and its partners are asking the U.S. government to step in against China’s communist regime and help resettle the Mayflower Church in America.”
“’Worst Clampdown Since the Cultural Revolution’: Watchdog Says 3 Churches Raided in China, Leaders Arrested” http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2022/august/worst-clampdown-since-the-cultural-revolution-watchdog-says-3-churches-raided-in-china-leaders-arrested
“At least three house churches in China were raided by Chinese authorities recently with their leaders being arrested and detained on trumped-up charges…”
“The latest series of crackdowns come a week after Chengdu-based Early Rain Covenant Church and Beijing Zion Church saw their members arrested during a Sunday service. It is unclear why Beijing has launched this new wave of crackdowns on house churches, the ICC reports…”
“”Xi Jinping’s regime is fearful of many things; one thing being people with religious beliefs,” said Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Manager for Southeast Asia. ”They want to ensure Chinese citizens are loyal to the CCP’s ideology and nothing else. This fear translates into church crackdown, ‘re-education camps’ for Uyghurs, and demolition of Buddhist statues. House churches are bracing themselves for potentially the worst clampdown since the Cultural Revolution.””
““Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/mat.5.10-12.ESV