Officials removed two more crosses from two churches in Wenzhou.
Officials removed two more crosses from two churches in Wenzhou.
Aug. 20, 2020 | China

Cross Removals Continue

[257] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Christians facing government crackdowns.

Chinese authorities removed two more crosses from church buildings in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, on July 7, reminiscent of mass cross removals across the province in 2014. More than 100 security personnel arrived at the Aodi Christian Church and the Yinchang Christian Church at 5 a.m. with cranes. After breaking the locks, they began removing crosses from the churches’ steeples. When church members tried to stop the officials, the authorities beat them, even pushing a man in his 80s to the ground. As the crosses at both churches were demolished, Christians sang hymns and prayed outside. Christians fear a recurrence of the widespread crackdown that occurred in 2014, shortly after Xi Jinping came to power. Pray that Chinese Christians will respond wisely to government actions.

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  • Dear LORD Jesus I pray in your name that you stop Chinese government officials from meddling in Christian affairs and tearing down crosses and persecuting your people, your flock. I pray that China gets new leadership so that the Chinese Christians can worship in peace together without interference. I pray that Chinese Christians be wise in mind.
    Brian E - USA
  • Father God, here the voices of your people. As they seek your peace and guidance during the government crackdowns. Give them the peace And strength that they need during these difficult times. May the prayers be more fervent and without ceasing and by this persecution you are glorified and the Gospel will spread like wild fire. In Jesus name amen
    Alvin A - USA
  • Father, we thank You for our courageous brothers and sisters, singing and praying while the crosses were being removed from their church. We do ask You for wisdom in dealing with the Chinese authorities. We also ask for Your grace and power as they stand with the early Christians in saying that it is better to obey God than those in authority .
    Toni D - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I pray your Holy Spirit provide clarity and wisdom for these your dear children as they witness the destruction of crosses from church buildings. Help them to surrender to your will and may their responses bring conviction to the authorities. May Jesus be glorifiedsomehow in this situation. Pat USA
    Patricia S - USA
  • Father, please protect your children in China. Give them courage, strength, wisdom and guidance for how to live in such difficult circumstances. Continue to grow your church in faith and numbers in China. Glorify yourself in China and may your will be done. Thank you. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    I pray in the name of Jesus for Christians in China, that they continue in faith and that they are comforted through your word, Lord help them to stand on your foundation. In your name Jesus.
    Crystal L - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus place into the hearst og our fellow Cheistians inChina not to give up hope, and to the Chinese Communist Party may Go d have mercy on their souls.
    Eamonn S - USA
  • Help your people in China. Please stop the persecution of Christians in China.
    michele r - USA
  • You say that You will provide wisdom for anyone who ask of You God. Not only do You provide it but You give it generously! I pray that these Christians will seek Your face for wisdom, wisdom that is unlike anything of this world. Although there may be people taking away things God, they can never take away their faith in You. Keep them steadfast in You
    Miranda J - USA
  • Father, we weep with the Chinese believers over the destruction of their church buildings and we ask that You comfort them and show them what Your plan is for them at this time. May they be given a special dispensation of Your love for the authorities so that they may see Jesus in them and desire Him. We pray for Xi Jinping's heart to be changed
    Gail M - USA
  • Dear Lord, please continue to strengthen the faith of these believers in the face of persecution. Give them wisdom on how to handle each situation. Soften the hearts of nonbelievers so that they too may know the love of Jesus Christ and become believers.
    Betty A - USA
  • Lord who observes all men, please defend your children as they magnify your name and witness of your salvation.
    Margaret D - USA
  • Holy Father, bless Your children's faithfulness to You. Give them wisdom to face the government crackdowns. May their love for You be a witness to those in darkness. Break the strong hold of Satan, and let Your light shine down. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Dear God, I pray these Christians will stand strong in the faith and in love. Please grant wisdom to Chinese Christians in response to government actions. Thank You in Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Christienne D - USA
  • Dear Lord, the cross is a symbol of the gospel, but although they are removing the symbols, they cannot remove Jesus from the hearts of the Christians. Lord please help the Christians in China to remain strong in their faith. Help others to see the love of God in all that they do. Help there be no retaliation as You are just and will punish them.
    Donna H - USA
  • Please god protect christians in. China and also the chur hes and convict the government of their evil ways and bring to justice and surrou d them with your abounding love in jesus name amen
    Sherry S - USA
  • Dear Lord, please let your Holy Spirit embolden and strengthen the faith of these Chinese Christians, not letting this act discourage or hinder their faith in You, the almighty God. Spark a fire in their hearts and help them to remain steadfast in seeking you and proclaiming your name. Allow them to act with your wisdom. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
    Samantha O - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank you for my brothers and sisters in Christ in China as they deal with this persecution. These external symbols can be taken down, but you live in our hearts. Help these church members to draw on the Holy Spirit inside them and remember the words of Jesus, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
    Michelle D - USA
  • Give these communities wisdom Lord! May they not compromise your message or your gospel to fit the construct of the oppressive government rule. Give them strength and boldness to proclaim your truth and reality even into the deepest and most darkest parts of their world. Lord Jesus come to your people and ignite the flame of the H.S. In China and world
    Zachary B - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for our brothers&sisters in China in this current persecution. Strengthen them to stand firmly, wisely & boldly for You & Your gospel truth no matter what. You are with us to the end. Comfort us as we endure various types of persecution & let it thrill our souls that we are counted worthy to suffer for Your glory! Amen!
    Caroline O - USA
  • Help Christians stay strong despite government crackdowns.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I pray that You grant wisdom and knowledge to these believers. As these crosses are removed may it only cause their faith to surge. Encourage them as they watch You be in control. May their courageous testimony bring many to the truth of the Gospel.
    sandra s - USA
  • Father God, please give your people wisdom and courage to respond to these crackdowns on your church in China. Even if their crosses and their buildings are destroyed, may they continue to thrive as a church body, meeting wherever they can. May their passion continue to grow. Unite your people with a powerful Unity like we read about in Acts. IJNA
    Kevin R - USA
  • Lord, Authorities may remove crosses but they cannot remove Your Word for the Word of God stands forever. And one day these same authorities must bow their knees and proclaim Jesus is Lord.I pray for my brothers and sisters in China - for courage and strength, peace and joy, wisdom and power in the midst of trials. Help them to know we love them too.
    Margaret H - USA
  • Dear Father, May the sisters & brothers be encouraged at this time. May they glorify You as their faith deepens. Grant them wisdom, grace & forgiveness for the persecutors. We lift up those taking down crosses. May they hear your calling on their hearts & see the real meaning of the Cross in Jesus' Name.
    Lisa T - USA
  • Father give wisdom to our brothers and sisters in China. May they glorify you in the midst of this persecution. I pray for those who are persecuting them. May they see the love of Christ flow through their lives. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Father, we know that crosses can be torn down, but not the redemptive work of your son, which they represent. Lord, may the prayers and hymns of the believers be the true symbol of the power you have given to your church. Father, may many come to the knowledge of Christ because of the faith of your children. In Jesus' name, amen.
    Maria L - USA
  • Father God, we know every mortal dictator will not escape your wrath. Please guide your people who are saved FOREVER, no matter how many crosses are taken off buildings. They are built upon the eternal ROCK, Jesus, who died once for all. Please guide and comfort your people in China who stand on Your promises. Thank You Father.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Heavenly Father, they may take the crosses, but they cannot take the faith. Please help our persecuted brothers and sisters in China. Their love and example will not be in vain. I ask for peace and comfort. Love and blessings to reach them, ?Please send a miracle for all to see. Let them continue spreading the gospel. Love. In your name I ask. Amen.
    Alisha M - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in China facing government crackdowns: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of authorities to You. Give Christians in China wisdom in responding to authorities. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
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