Individuals wearing red armbands knocked on doors and told Christians to move. (Photo: ChinaAid video screenshot)
Individuals wearing red armbands knocked on doors and told Christians to move. (Photo: ChinaAid video screenshot)
Oct. 14, 2021 | China

Authorities Tell ERCC Christians to Leave Their Homes

[173] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Early Rain Church members.

Government persecution against the Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Chengdu continues. On Sunday, Aug. 22, officials arrested 28 people gathered in a home for a worship service. The leaders of the service spent two weeks in jail and were fined. A week later, ERCC church member Zhang Fan, whose wedding was scheduled for Aug. 28, was forced to find a new wedding venue — twice — after officials threatened the venue’s owners. Zhang ended up hosting her wedding in her home that day. A few days later, a group of police, national security agents and others circulated in the Jiaoda Garden Wuhou gated community and told ERCC members to move out of their homes within three days while others were not allowed past the gate into the neighborhood. ERCC church members have endured intense persecution since Dec. 2018 when the church was raided and head pastor Wang Yi was arrested and sentenced to nine years in prison. Thank God for the faithfulness of many of the church members: “If God can be for us, who can be against us?” one church member wrote. Pray that their needs will be provided for and that their faith will remain strong.

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  • Lord, even as the early Christian church was persecuted and spread and grew, so we pray that these dear brothers and sisters may remain strong in their trust in You and love for others. Provide for their daily needs and fill them with supernatural joy and peace and add to their numbers daily as You did the early church.
    Sonja K - USA
  • Heavenly Father
    Please open up the eyes of the authorities in Chengdu to the gospel
    That they will see that Jesus is Lord
    Please let the Christians grow in faith wisdom and understanding of Your Word
    Please lead them with Your Spirit
    And have mercy upon them
    Renato V - Netherlands
  • Father God we lift up these who suffer so much for their love of Jesus in prayer to stay faithful knowing you will forever be with them through trials and tribulations, Amen
    jeff h - USA
  • Dear Jesus, help these brave Christians. Send Your Holy Spirit to lead them into a fullness of truth and comfort them in these horrible injustice they have had to suffer. Convict the leaders that are tormenting them and lead the evil men to repent and turn to You, Jesus.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Holy Father I do thank You for those who have remained strong in their faith under this pressure. I ask that You will be glorified through Your people. I pray as well for Wang Yi. May his prayers and his witness bring glory to You during the years of his imprisonment. Continue the work of forming him to become more like Jesus. Comfort him in peace
    Karen K - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    We ask that You would pour out Your comfort and peace the members of the Early Rain Church. They have suffered greatly for Your name's sake; bless them mightily for it! May they continue to be a powerful witness for You. Give them strength to run this race. Provide for all their needs, physical, emotional and spiritual.
    Madison F - USA
  • Father, I cry out to You for the Early Rain Church members and Pastor Wang! I pray for those in authority over them that their hearts will be turned to You and that Pastor Want will be released in the name of Jesus! May no weapon formed against any of them prosper. Lord, supernaturally provide for them and protect them strengthen them in Jesus' name
    Carolyn L - USA
  • Father, thank you for the faithfulness of these dear brothers and sisters. They have counted the cost and found Jesus worthy of it all. Please provide for their needs and protect them. May they fully trust Jesus. Give them wisdom and guidance in their daily lives. Thank you! Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father God, I ask for your hand of love and mercy on the Early Rain church and all they've endured for years. Please meet the needs of Pastor Yi and all the congregants in Christ. You have creative ways, Lord, far and above what the wicked know or are able to do. Please lead, guide, and encourage the hearts of Your people in Jesus. All glory is Yours.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Father, these believers need strength and guidance. I pray you pour out your Spirit of boldness upon them. Give them wisdom and use them to continue to stand for your Word. I pray you speak to the hearts of those who arrest them. Lord, we need you to move. Bring justice, bless them with hope , knowing you are with them. Rebuke the enemy of fear. Move
    polly c - USA
  • Dear Lord, I praise You for the faithfulness of these believers and their willingness to surrender all to You. I pray Your Word would nourish their hearts, I pray their lives would be held securely by You. I pray for Your peace to prevail and hold them tightly. I pray for strong unity and good fellowship among them.l I pray for their hearts to be one.
    Joy H - USA
  • Dear Father in Heaven. Please comfort the believers in the Early Rain Church with Your Holy Spirit. I pray that despite the persecution the Church in China will see unprecedented growth. Bless the believers with Your protection and confidence that their future as believers is bright because of the sacrifice of Christ and in His name we pray. Amen
    John S - USA
  • Help our brothers and sister of the Early Rain church find a new worship place. Rescheduled the wedding and make it a glorious event.
    Debbie V - USA
  • In the love of Jesus, our heavenly Father, God of mercy and comfort, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Early Rain church members. We ask for mercy and justice for them and families, for hedge of protection be on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, I thank you for the faith of the Early Rain Church members. Please continue to bless them as they face more persecution. Remind them that their home is not of this current earth, and give them the strength to continue to worship you. Please provide for them and let them remain strong. In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Father, for "The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock", please bring the homeless to your fortress. Welcomed thru your gate and nourished by your well. In your temple, they will praise you and you delight in their faith in you and uphold them.
    Jonathan C - Hong Kong
  • Praises Father You have instilled faith in our sistersbrothers & may it grow rock solid as You walk them though all these things. May they ever remember If God be for us, who can be against us, & well as all Your beautiful words. May they encourage ea other through prayer & Your Word. Speak to the persecutors' hearts that they desire to turn to You
    Lisa T - USA
  • Father, we intercede on behalf of the Early Rain Covenant Church congregation as they continue to be threatened, harassed, and persecuted by the Chinese government officials. May their plight become more known to godly officials in our own government so that pressure can be strategically placed on the Chinese Communist Party to govern equally for all.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father please encourage and strengthen the faith of these believers through this persecution. May they be able to rejoice in suffering for you and know that they have a great reward.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • In the hearing and touching name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Shammah, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Early Rain Church members. We praise You that You hear, that You teach them and us to pray, for a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I pray for these persecuted Christian brothers and sisters, and ask you, God, to provide for their needs in finding housing, jobs and whatever they need. I thank you, God, for the faithfulness of these church members and pray that their faith will remain strong.
  • Lord God, I pray that you would help the ERCC members in China. Help them to endure the persecution and please use their suffering for you glory. Spread the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ throughout China and draw many to faith in Jesus. I pray that you will send them help and strengthen them. Help them to boldly share their faith with others.
    Julia F - USA
  • Father, as these Christians continue to face harsh opposition, I thank you for those who remain strong in Christ. Continue to give them that strength and faith in the mighty power of your Holy Spirit, meeting all their needs in Christ. Please work in the hearts of the persecutors that many of their hearts will be turned and saved. You are faithful.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Father God I commit this country to your embrace and pray for your intervention, that China will come to kno the love and mercies of God and surrender to his Sovereign will, Cover Christians that are constantly harassed for no reason than their faith, be with the ERC members and help them to be strong ,deal with the heart of the Authority an give p
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Thank You for the courage and faithfulness of our brothers and sisters of the ERCC. Their mistreatment is public, and it challenges Your people to be prepared to live courageously. We ask for Your continued provision for their needs, and that their faith will remain strong no matter what form this persecution will take. May the officials be challenged
    Toni D - USA
  • Dear God Most High, thank You for allowing us to come to You in prayer. Please end the harassment against Early Rain Covenant Church. Thank You for strengthening them all to bear this persecution. May Pastor Wang Yi be freed. May all of the church's needs be met. May sorcific persecutors come to faith in Christ and lead others to salvation. Amen.
    Christienne D - USA
  • Dear Lord, Thank You for the faitrfulness of the Early Rain Church members. Strengthen their faith and provide every need that they may have. Deliver them from their persecutors and give them strength to endure so that they will be a powerful witness for Christ to the unsaved. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
    Dara W - USA
  • My Father, our hearts break for this body of believers who have suffered persecution for their faith in you. Love & protect them from the evil one & his demons. Place your mighty sword between them & danger. Show yourself in your glory & power. May these believers be uplifted & amazed at your work on their behalf. Come for your bride the church! Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • O Lord, what a testimony to your name & power to grant these ERCC members to have strong faith in the midst of such persecution! Yet, it is good for us to pray for them to persevere for it is through the prayers of the saints for one another that you bring deliverance. So, help & provide for the needs of these Christians. And may the church grow. Amen
    Diana F - USA
  • Lord thank you for the unwavering faith of your children of the Early Rain Church. May their faith, love and forgiveness be a witness to those who are being deceived by the prince of this world. Remind your church that you will never leave or forsake them, but will use all things together for their good and your glory. Amen
    Tammie J - USA
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