The Early Rain church was an unofficial church, but they were open about their Christian activities.
The Early Rain church was an unofficial church, but they were open about their Christian activities.
Dec. 20, 2018 | China

More than 100 Church Members Arrested

[264] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Pastor Wang Yi and Jiang Rong.

On Dec. 9, police arrested more than 100 church members and seminary students at the Early Rain Church in Chengdu. Police arrived at the church on Sunday evening, arresting Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong, and the others. Although Early Rain is considered a house church because of its unregistered status, about 800 people attend its weekly meetings around Chengdu. The church operates openly, publishing sermons online and conducting street evangelism. In addition to a seminary, it operates a primary school that serves 40 children. On Dec. 14, officials issued a notice charging the church as an “illegal cult,” a criminal offense.

Write your own prayer for Pastor Wang Yi and Jiang Rong

  • Lord, please be with Pastor Wang Yi and Jiang Rong as their Church is being charged as being an illegal cult. I pray that you vindicate for these individuals and prove to the government that this church and school is exactly that and has the right to be open in Jesus name amen !
    Robin S - USA
  • Lord, you are present in Chengdu. Your love is flowing through the faithful servants who read your word, speak your word, discus your word, and live your word. Please take these words from my heart to the hearts of Early Rain Church: I remember you, I pray for you, I sing with you, I praise God with you, I am in the one church of Christ with you.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, we are one body with the Chinese church. You know the names and locations of all of your sheep. You said in John 10 than no one can snatch them out of your hand. You are full of love for torturers and for the tortured. You are all good all the time. I praise your holy name.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, it is most easy to ask for comfort, peace, and freedom for Pastor Wang Yi and his wife and his church...but your Word says in Romans that we are to make our bodies a living sacrifice...So I thank you that nothing in all creation can separate us from you.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, please do for me as you do for Pastor Wang Yi, Jiang Rong, and the entire Early Rain Church: fill me with so much love, trust, faith and perseverance that the labels of the world are muted by the spirit that indwells. Make their faces to shine with your goodness.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, please bring these words to the hearts of all Early Rain church members: Psalm 118 Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good,
    and his love is eternal.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, nothing is hard for you. I will trust you in the case of Pastor Wang Yi, his wife Jiang Rong, and all of Early Rain Church!
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, we know this truth: On 24 February 2019, Pastor Wang Yi's nearly 74-year-old mother was humiliated and violently beaten by officer Zhang Junhu (officer ID: 075557) of the Wang Jiaguai police station. And we also know this truth: If believe in your heart and speak with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved. Speak, Lord!
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Thank You for knowing by name all the 100 sisters and brothers Who have been arrested. Please strengthen them in faith and let them have the joy of knowing You grow in their hearts untill it overflowes. Please send calls of faith in all officials in Chengdu and save them. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
    Merike O - Finland
  • Lord, please bring these words from Exodus 20 to the hearts and minds of all Early Rain church members who look to you in their distress: I show my love to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my laws.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, please bring these words to the hearts and minds of Early Rain Church: O Lord, I will always sing of your constant love; I will proclaim your faithfulness forever. I know that your love will last for all time, that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky. --Psalm 89 It is a hymn during times of national trouble.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, i trust you that you can be trusted to be true to your character. You led Pastor Wang and Mrs. Jiang into faithful works of service. You sustain them today during persecution. You allow people like me to participate in prayers for their well being and for the salvation of the souls of their persecutors. You do all things well.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, thank you for your words in Luke 11, "Happy are those who hear God's word and obey it!" I ask you to use all persecution of Early Rain Church members to hasten your purpose for each person, for the church in China and for the church universal.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, thank you for the primary school in Early Rain Church. Thank you for the seed of your Word which will bloom in each of their hearts and lives.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, I ask you to bring these words to the hearts and minds of all faithful witnesses in Chengdu: Psalm 40 I waited patiently for the Lord's help; then he listened to me and heard my cry. He pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of the deadly quicksand. Mobilize free Christians to immediately and comprehensively come to their aid .
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Father, thank You for the courage of those men and women who openly serve Christ in Chengdu. I ask that the continued pressure put on the people of the Early Rain Church will serve to make them strong in the Lord. I ask for open doors through the Spirit of God for continuing ministry in these days and the days ahead. Let Christ be glorified in them.
    Karen K - USA
  • Lord, I thank you for the 800 faithful who worshipped together each week in unregistered churches...Christ is Lord, the church is his body, and we have only one body, one faith, one baptism and one God who is over all and in all and through all.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Psalm 46
    God is our refuge and strength,
    a very presentb help in trouble.
    2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
    3 though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, thank you that your joy is the strength of Pastor Wang, Jiang, and all of your church in China.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, I thank you that Early Rain Church members are truly faithful witnesses! They did not love the world, they were open about Christian activities such as love, fellowship, serving, giving, visiting, evangelizing and discipleship. Christ is the head of this church in freedom and in confinement. Praise your name alone, Elohim, Creator of all.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, for the men and women who follow in the footsteps of Paul when they use their chains and their voices to praise your name, thank you, Lord!
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Father, Early Rain Church its pastors and all those in it belong to you and covered by the blood of Jesus. We rebuke fear and intimidation caused by threats. We pray for even more boldness and add daily to the body of Christ. Send your angels and all the resources they need In Jesus' name Amen.
    Brenda T - USA
  • Lord, thank you for the faithfulness of the more than one hundred church members and students at Early Rain Church. Thank you for the seminary which was established to equip, teach, and build spiritual formation into each student. Today each person chooses who he will serve. Thank you that you are a God who is the source of love, protection, comfort
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, today, please remind Pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong of those faithful Christians who wait for them in Heaven. Tertullian reminds, "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church".
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, we read in Psalm 50 that we can call to you when we are in trouble, you will save us, and we will then praise you. Pastor Wang Yi and Mrs. Jiang Rong are front line faithful witnesses to the saving power of Christ, They are carrying the cross you gave and I ask you to strengthen them.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, please remind all of the Early Rain Church members of these empowering words of Jesus as recorded in John Chapter 16
    the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
    Lord, thank you for the privilege of praying to you on behalf of our elder brothers and sisters who look to you in all season.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Father, It has been almost 2 months since this incident. Continue to care for Pastor Wang, his wife and the others. Strengthen their faith, provide them rest during times of abuse. When sleeping, speak to them, meet with them, provide them nourishment. If they are cold, provide warmth. If hot, provide a cool breeze. Help them love their captures.
    Cathy D - USA
  • Lord, thank you for the example Pastor Wang and his wife Jiang set for Chinese Christians. They demonstrated that your perfect love casts out all fear. Thank you for his sermons which are spread viral online, for their street evangelism, for their seminary. May all who hear their names hold them in high esteem and support them with love and prayer.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, I thank you for this husband and wife team who serve you first.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, bring to memory the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and said, This is my body, which is for you. Do this in memory of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup and said, This cup is God's new covenant, sealed with my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in memory of me
    Linda D - Korea, South
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