The church after the cross was removed.
The church after the cross was removed.
Feb. 04, 2021 | China

House Church Pastor Given Five Years in Prison

[207] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Pastor Li Juncai.

Chinese Communist Party authorities recently sentenced a Henan house church pastor to five and a half years in prison after he refused to let officials place patriotic slogans in his church. Pastor Li Juncai also received a fine of more than $7,000 USD. Pastor Li’s church, the Yuanyang County Central House Church, was established as a government-approved Three-Self church, but in 2013 gave up that status and merged with a local house church. Typically, 700-800 people attended services there weekly, and it was the largest house church in the area. When the government began oppressing house churches in 2018, they required the Yuanyang Country Central House Church to change a sign reading “Love God and People” to “Love Country.” They also told the church they must remove the cross on their steeple. The church refused to comply, and on Feb. 20, 2019, Pastor Li was arrested along with three others for obstructing government administration. The others were released, but Pastor Li remained in detention. In January 2021, officials finally handed down the five-and-a-half year sentence to Pastor Li. After the pastor’s arrest, the cross atop the church was forcibly removed, and the Christian sign was forcibly replaced. Continue to pray for Christians in China who are following their consciences rather than the government.

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  • God we praise You for Pastor Li. I pray for an early release God. I pray over the people who did not stand God and gave into the pressure a and fears that man imposed on them. I pray for peace, your guidance and protection for Li. May he feel the prayers for him and may he even more feel the presence of Christ tangibly while in jail. Bless him O God.
    Amanda W - USA
  • Father God, please be with Pastor Li's family while he is away. Give him strength and his family strength and courage. I pray that this persecution will result in steadfast faith in all involved. I pray the believers in this church stand firm and grow together in the Lord.
    Teresa W - USA
  • Dear Jesus, please comfort and strengthen Pastor Li in prison and protect him from all evil that comes against him including physical harm. Please cover him with your protection and soften the hearts of those guards who do not know you so they become followers of Christ. Father sustain him, encourage him with your Word & bless his faithfulness to you
    Miranda B - USA
  • Holy Spirit of Jesus, I pray for Pastor Li's safety while in this prison, may it be short but an opportunity for him to secretly minister to those who may need it. Lord I know there's always a reason why things happen, I just pray that his treatment is gentle, giving him strength, courage, meeting all of his and his families needs. In Christ
    Pat D - Canada
  • Lord I pray for this church that it would remain steadfast and be kept by You. I pray Lord that they would hold You closely and not stray to the right or to the left. I pray for leadership to be rooted in the Gospel and for it to hold fast to the Word. I pray for the release of Pastor Li and for him to be in step with the Holy Spirit as he serves You.
    Joy H - USA
  • O Lord, be near to your servant Pastor Li. Protect and provide for his needs and those of his family and congregation. May he raise the 7k for the fine. Thank you that they stood strong against the slogans, and gov't propaganda. Give them encouragement and faith to walk in your ways. May they feel your presence with them. In Jesus, Amen
    SM D - USA
  • Father God, I am thankful for Pastor Li Juncai and his courage and faithfulness to you in the midst of this strong persecution. Please protect him in prison and bless him and his family. Lord let your good news spread throughout China bringing many to faith in Jesus. Let the gospel be heard far and wide. I pray that you will give blessing and strength.
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank You for Pastor Li Juncai and these other believers. Keep them safe and give them wisdom and courage for each situation they face. Strengthen their faith in the face of persecution. Soften the hearts of their persecutors so that they too may know the love of Jesus and focus on eternal life--not just life on earth.
    Betty A - USA
  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, the Great Shepherd, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Li and church. We ask that You will shepherd them and they will shepherd others. We ask that a hedge of protection be on them and angels directly from heaven minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, please strengthen Pastor Li and help him to lead many to You while he is in prison. May he find favor with the jailers. Please soften the hearts of his captors to release him. Give strength to the church to continue with You in the face of persecution. In the mighty name of Christ Jesus, Amen!
    Linda R - USA
  • Help Pastor Li in prison and help him get strong.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father, I pray you move on the behalf of Pastor Li Juncai. Your will be done in this situation. I pray you watch over him and that he feels your presence near him. Use him while in prison to share you Word, comfort him and his family. I pray you give your children wisdom and boldness in knowing how to handle these situations. Guide them. Move mightily
    polly c - USA
  • Lord, place Your shield of protection around these Christians. Strengthen their faith & help them to stand on Your foundation of truth. May they have boldness to share their faith & not compromise their beliefs & convictions. Let their persecutors see Your love & grace in them, & may their hearts be changed. May revival take place in China.
    Chiara F - South Africa
  • Lord give strength, faith, courage to him, all of them in China. Help the gov't to be ruled by Jesus, not Satan.
    Dj B - Trinidad and Tobago
  • I pray the paster will start a church in prison that is bigger than the one on the outside. I pray in all his work the Lord will make a way where there was none. Let there be many converts because of him. Please send your protection wherever you send this paster. Thank you Lord in Jesus name amen.
    David A - USA
  • Lord I pray for Pastor Li's release. Surround him with ministering angels and your Holy Spirit, keep him safe. Lord I pray also for his congregation and his family that they be encouraged and kept safe.
    B e - USA
  • Dear Lord,we lift up the entire country of China.We know that You have chosen people to preach Your Word so that You may bring salvation.Thank You for being with the Pastor & his family as they prepare to serve a 5 12 year sentence.Please help them to not lose faith, but to have their faith strengthened as they look to You and not their circumstances!
    Donna H - USA
  • Lord God, I thank You for Pastor Li's faithfulness to You. I pray for You to strengthen him and his faith in this trial. I pray that You will continue to use him to draw people to faithfully and courageously follow You. I pray for his release. May his church remain faithful, and may you strengthen their faith and resolve to follow You alone!
    Michele C - USA
  • Father God, please allow your faithful and Pastor Li who are in prison in China to be freed and to be free to worship you, in Jesus name
    mark h - USA
  • Father in Heaven, I pray for Paster Li and the members of the church. Lord, we need a miracle. I pray for a rapid release from prison. I pray that their enemies will have a change of heart and come to know Christ. Father God open doors, that only you could allow, so all could see your mighty hand at work. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
    Kymberly S - USA
  • Dear Lord of All, I lift Pastor Li and his church to you. Protect them and provide for their needs. Help them to know believers around the world care about their suffering. We also ask You to help your faithful find comfort in your love and our love for them. We cannot wait for the day when your trumpet sounds, announcing the end of heartache. Amen
    SM D - USA
  • Father, I pray for the Christians in China that face intense persecution for their faith. I pray for the release of Pastor Juncai and favor for his church that they would have the freedom to witness for Christ. You are in control of governments and I pray that You intervene for our family in China that they would have freedom to worship and witness.
    Alan G - USA
  • Give bountiful hope, provision, joy & peace to Pastor Li Juncai. Use him in astounding ways to further Your Kingdom. Bring victory & justice over this situation. Humble those in authority to accept Your love, Precious Jesus. Grow this church in steadfast faith, obedience, courage, wisdom. Love the enemy through them.Lead those far from You to salvation
    Atacy U - USA
  • Father God, I lift up Pastor Ji Juncai to you. Strengthen him, as he works at staying true to you. Protect him, love him, guide him. Enable him to share Jesus with those around him in prison.
    Fill him with your light, that he may shine in the darkness about him. Open hearts to his testimony about You. I pray this for the other Christians in China also
    Charlene P - USA
  • Lord protect pastor Li Juncai, make his jailers his protectors and his converts. Change the hearts of the local government administrators. Let them see the light and life you bring to their people. Let them be bold enough to oppose that which oppresses your faithful. Bring conviction to their hearts and restless nights till they see and love Jesus.
    John H - USA
  • Father I thank you for Pastor Li and his faithful witness. I pray that he will remain strong and encouraged through this difficult time. I pray that he will be released soon and be able to go back to his house church. I pray that our brothers and sisters in China will remain a loving and strong witness to the gospel and always serve God first.
    Paul K - USA
  • Father God, I pray that You will move the hearts of the Chinese Communist Party to see that You are the One true God and they need Jesus Christ as Savior. I pray for Pastor Li, Lord, protect him in prison and watch over his family. I pray that he remains steadfast in his faith and witness for you. I pray for Christians in China to be strong in faith.
    Helen W - USA
  • Dear Lord, I lift up Pastor Li Juncai and Christians in China who are bowing down to You instead of the government. I pray that You will be with Pastor Li Juncai in prison and give him a speedy release if it's Your Will. I pray for an increase in faith for the pastor and other Chinese Christians. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
    Dara W - USA
  • Lord I want to lift up my dear brother & all his loved ones. May they know You are their salve & their comfort at this time. Be their strength Lord. WE are believing for Your favor for him whether he is freed from prison early or not. May multitudes be reached for You in Jesus' Name! What the enemy meant for evil, You WILL turn it around for GOOD!
    Lisa T - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father. Please grant Pastor Li Juncai protection and grace during this time of persecution. Watch over his family and congregation. In Jesus's name. Amen.
    Karen C - USA
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