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

[224] 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.

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  • Lord, Richard Wurmbrand met people who heard his words spoken into their spirits when he was in solitary confinement. Please take my words to Pastors Wang and Jiang: the love of God, within the heart, will holiness and warmth impart, the love of God will never fail nor lose its glory till we see him face to face. In the depths, God is there!
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, as I walk in the biting cold, let me remember to pray for Pastor Wang, for Jiang and for all Chinese Christians who faithfully proclaim that Jesus is Lord, Ruler, Judge, Savior, and Son of God from cold, dark, isolated, prison cells. Thank you, Jesus, for being worthy, the true Faithful Witness.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Father God, please protect Pastor Wang Yi, JiangRong , and other Christians in China from harm. Please touch the hardened hearts of the Chinese officials government so that Your children will be able to worship You freely and openly, Lord. I praise You and ask these things in Jesus's name. Amen.
    Mary I - USA
  • Lord, please bring these words to the hearts of all Chinese faithful Christians being charged with falsified criminal offense: "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ" - Ephesians 2:4-5
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, if we go to the depths, you are there. If we rise to the mountain tops, you are there. If we are called cult leaders and members, you are there. If men treat us kindly you are there. Please breathe fresh wind and fresh fire into the Early Rain church leaders, members, and all whose faith can be strengthened by following their example.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Strengthen this church as they are only a part of your larger church is China. Oh, may your church flourish with the increase of persecution. Unite both them, the house church and the recognized church as they are both being persecuted. May they stand firm in their faith in you. In Jesus name, amen.
    Elaine H - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, we lift up Pastor Wang Yi, his wife Jiang, church members & seminary students at Early Rain Church. Thank You for their spreading of the Gospel, serving children in school & training in seminary, they are at work for You! Holy Spirit please guide them in all speech, renew their spirit and give victory in all trials thru faith.
    Peg B - USA
  • Lord, I pray Romans 8:17 for the persecuted: As they share in the sufferings of Christ as his co-heirs, may they be glorified with Christ.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Dear Lord Jesus, loving Heavenly Father, and precious Holy Spirit please look on your children at the Early Rain Church and provide for their needs. Give them strength and faith to withstand the suffering there. May they have good access to your word and may it be a delightful blessing in this crisis time. Please work in the hearts of the persecutors.
    Philip D - USA
  • Father thank You for the church in Chengdu. Thank You that You love the Christians in Chengdu and that You are with all those who belong to You. I pray for Pastor Wang and his wife Jiang. Please keep them safe and strengthen them through Your Holy Spirit. Please be with them and grant them wisdom and I pray that the Gospel in Chengdu would spread.
    Kia W - USA
  • Lord, we thank you that you can and will cause all words and actions to become slaves to your mercy.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Father, we pray a blessing on the Early Rain House Church. Thank You that they have been bold in the proclamation of Your word - that "these things were not done in a corner." Use their ministries to bring in a harvest of souls for Your kingdom. Encourage those who have been arrested that You have counted them worthy to suffer for You. Use them in jail
    Toni D - USA
  • Lord, your word says that when the bowl which hold the prayers of the saints are full, the bowls tip over. My prayers are weak and few. I am weak and only one. But you count my tears and you hear my prayers. Make all of the abuse inflicted upon Pastor Wang, Pastor Jiang, and all of their beloved ones, a slave to your mercy. Pour out your love on China!
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, Thank you for complete and total provision all detained members of Early Rain Church in Chengdu. And I would like to ask you to bring accurate, reliable information regarding their treatment into the world. Please provide three witnesses to each offense. Make an avenue for reporting those offenses. Prepare hearts to act on the truthful reports!
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, we do not look on Pastor Wang and Jiang with pity or in sadness. We do not look on them with hopeless despair. Instead, we see your hand in their lives. We see you breathing love and power and steadfastness into their hearts. Please do the same with me, Lord!
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Father we love you in Jesus name. We give you thanks for this shining light of a church. Please bless the Early Rain Church and its members. Please bring the release of Pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong as well as the 100 members. I pray that you would bless them with your Spirit so that they know that you are with them. Thank you Father.
    Eric P - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Pastor Wang Yi, Jiang Rong, and the members of Early Rain Church. I pray that You would strengthen the congregants in their faith and encourage them to continue following You. Please work in the hearts of government officials, helping them to realize the ones they are persecuting serve the one true God of the universe.
    Lysander S - USA
  • A Father to the fatherless is God in his holy dwelling....for all the isolated church members enduring torture, Lord I pray. For the children whose parents are being detained, Lord I pray. For Christians enjoying freedom to worship without being molested, Lord I pray. Jesus, you will never leave us nor forsake us. Lord I pray.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Father, I pray for Pastor Wang Yi and Jang Rong and his congregation. I pray that you will give them strength and wisdom to deal with this difficult situation. Give them wisdom on how to deal with this situation and grant and cover them father I pray. In Jesus name. Amen
    Diana Z - United Kingdom
  • Father God, I life up this faithful pastor and his congregation and ask for their protection. Please strengthen them during this persecution. May their faith remain strong. I pray that you will use this event to spread your gospel message to many. I ask that you will allow them to remain open and to be able to keep their school open. Let your truth rei
    Julia F - USA
  • Lord we pray for this church to stand against evil. May they stand united and faithful to continue in their faith in you, Amen
    jeff h - USA
  • Father defend pastor Wang Yi and Jiang Rong from harm and injustice.Speak truth around them & allow those in authority to hear and understand your truth for the first time.Let many come to know who you are through this ordeal.Yours is the victory and so let praises ring out no matter the circumstance and bring glory to yourself for you alone are worthy
    Atacy U - USA
  • Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord, help Pastor Wang and his congregation to be willing to worship and serve you, even if they are considered an illegal cult. Your Church has always grown stronger during times of persecution, Oh Lord. May this time be no different. May your name be praised and lifted high, by the grace of the Holy Spirit wrought on this world of sinners.
    Mark M - USA
  • Father God, you are God to all Peoples, all over the Earth. I pray for this church of many hundreds, that you will allow them to remain open despite the persecution. Allow them to continue to help the children and the adults to believe you, and to serve you, and to know that you are with them, and that you will never leave them or forsake them.
    Lynette G - USA
  • Lord, please hear my prayer for our Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ, especially the little children who suffer under these oppressions. Please equip your church leadership to remain strong in the face of these trials so the entire congregation may grow in its faith in Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen. Romans 8:38
    Tracy L - USA
  • Lord, thank You for the faithfulness of Pastor Wang and Early Rain. May the members, children and students all grow in faith, remain steadfast and be encouraged by Your Word and Holy Spirit. As they worship You in Spirit and in Truth may that encourage them and be a witness to those living in darkness in their community and in government.
    Beth P - USA
  • Dear God, please protect and save Thy church. Help them to go through this terrible situation o Heavenly Father, please they trust in you. thank You dear God. amen
    Kola M - Nigeria
  • Release these members Lord, open the prision doors and release them. Pour Your Spirit upon the people of China, Like a wild fire burning out of control. Release Your Spirit upon that country, I pray signs miracles and wonders upon every person who is Your follower. Release an outpouring so tremendous that the very ground will shake with revival.
    Kim B - USA
  • Lord, if we go to the darkest cell, You are there. You say that all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. You are here and You will never leave us nor forsake us. Make us like Pastors Wang and Jiang! Praise your name alone, Lord!
    Linda D - Korea, South
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