Our Chinese family needs your prayers as officials continue to clamp down hard on house churches across their nation.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in China, amid a fresh wave of persecution which appears now to have spread to the north-west.
Our partner China Aid reports that ‘dozens’ of Christians have been detained or arrested across remote, north-western Xinjiang province in the past two months, for holding house church gatherings.
Meanwhile, in coastal Zhejiang province, Pastor Zhang Chongzhu has been stripped of his licence and removed from his post – in an apparent attempt to stop him ministering in the house church movement.
Pastor Zhang from Pingyang was detained in an illegal detention centre in September for crimes ‘against national security’, after protesting over cross removals and church demolitions in the area. He was released in May.
- Pray that our Chinese family will stand firm in their faith and seek to deepen their relationship with our Heavenly Father even further.
- Pray for wisdom for Pastor Zhang as he considers his future. Ask God to provide for him and his family.
- Continue to pray for the officials behind this current crackdown: pray that they will be struck by the powerful witness of the people they are persecuting – and want to know Jesus for themselves.
(Source: China Aid)
Please pray for our Algerian brother Slimane Bouhafs who has lost his appeal for a presidential pardon. He is serving a three-year sentence for ‘insulting Islam’ in posts he made on social media. His relatives say he is in poor health and has been abused by fellow inmates: they are asking for him to be transferred to another prison. (Source: Middle East Concern)
Praise God with us that Pastor Behnam Irani has been reunited with his family, after serving six years in jail. He and his family were reunited in Turkey. Pray that God will heal and restore them all. (Source: Release contact)
Thank God that blasphemy charges against an eight-year-old boy in Quetta, Pakistan, have reportedly been dropped. Police arrested the child and his mother on suspicion of burning pages of the Koran, but they were freed after local clerics and politicians intervened. (Source: World Watch Monitor)