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

[145] prayers in [12] 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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  • 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
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for these precious believers, and their strong faith. Please continue to fill them with the riches of your glory and continue to strengthen them with power through your Spirit in their inner being. Please help them comprehend and know the love of Christ that surpasses understanding.
    In Jesus,
    Lis S - USA
  • Father, please use this trial to teach your children how abundantly you provide for them. Also use this persecution to reveal your power through our weakness and draw many to yourself. In Jesus name amen
    Alex A - USA
  • Father I lift up the brethren of the ERCC church to You. I pray for Your hedge of protection around them; that they would be filled by Your Spirit with peace and joy. I ask favor that they may freely share Your good news and be allowed to stay in their homes - make them salt & light. Please provide for their every need. In Jesus's mighty name, Amen
    Beth G - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. As we prayed for last week, so is committed into Your Hands. In Jesus' Gracious Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • We thank You Heavenly Father for being with the people of ERCC and helping them to grow their faith. We pray especially for the families who are grieving their loved ones and ask You to comfort and provide for them. We pray for all of the people of China, to find Jesus. Help many to see the faith of this church & come to know You and love You! Amen!!
    Donna H - USA
  • Lord, thank You for the faithfulness of the many members of this church. Provide for each of them what they need. Strengthen them with might by Thy spirit in the inner man. Hold them close to Thee and give them wisdom as they endure. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Rachel T - USA
  • Father we pray for your children at Early Rain Church, bless them and help them in this time of trial. We pray that they will have courage and faith. Meet each members need and May they be a witness to many around them, so souls will be saved in Christ name amen.
    Diane E - Canada
  • The Author and Finisher of Our Faith, I pray You would frustrate the work of the enemy in China, restore the homes of these believers, and give them a place and opportunity to gather and worship You. Where the enemy tears down, You restore 10-fold. Be these believers Provider. Amen!
    Joan B - USA
  • I pray for the Chinese brothers and sisters of this church and all churches in China that you would strengthen your children father God. I pray that you would provide for them all their needs and they would love their persecutors and they would turn to Christ. In Jesus name amen
    Nancy G - USA
  • May the steadfastness of the Early Rain Covenant Church members and their pastor be a witness to their persecutors that opens their minds and hearts to the message of Christ.
    Tom H - USA
  • "Father in heaven, blessed be Your name, and blessed be Your Word. May these children who are Yours be enriched with the study of Your word. May all adversity be turned into Your glory as Your children praise Your name. Bless them Father. Bless them such that the world drops its jaw in wonder at the God who fails not in love towards those who are His."
    john p - USA
  • In the delivering name of Yeshua, our heavenly Father, Savior, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we glorify You for faithfulness of Early Rain Church members. We pray for provision, for a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, set an encircling army around these believers, so they know that nothing will happen without your express will and good wisdom. Give cheer and fellowship to your children.
    Margaret D - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You you for the faithfulness of the members of Early Rain Covenant Church. How inspiring it is to read of their steadfastness in the face of state persecution. I pray that they would continue to grow in their faith and others may see the glory of God through their faithfulness and Your provision. Please be with them throughout this trial.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Abba! I thank You that our ERCC brethren are encouraging each other daily so that none of them will be hardened by sin's deceitfullness. Thank You that they are not wavering in unbelief regarding Your promises, but You are strengthening their faith so that You will receive thanksgiving and glory in them. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Early Rain Covenant members: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Praise You for their faithfulness! Sustain them. Bring their attackers to repentance. May their pastor be freed from prison. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father God, I lift up for those who continue to walk in your light in the midst of increasing persecution & loss of religious freedom. I pray that the thousands who are being arrested, jailed, beaten, starved for their faith will continue to be a witness to your Love & saving Grace in the midst of Government oppression. In Jesus Name, Amen
    Tracey B - USA
  • O Lord, this church has endured persecution for so many years. I pray now for my Chinese brothers and sisters who are weary and about to give up. Oh God, You are He "Who is able to keep us from falling" and You have compassion on the weak and the tempted, as our faithful High Priest. Please fill them with all the fullness of Christ & help them stand.
    Carrie H - USA
  • Keep them strong Jesus. Let their faith uphold them in their suffering.
    michele r - USA
  • Father, please help these brothers and sisters remain strong in their determination to live for your Kingdom instead of their own comfort. We pray you will restore to them far more than what has been lost as you fill their hearts with joy and hope.
    Brenda M - USA
  • Thank you for the testimony and faith of these believers, Lord. They are facing such hardships. May the rest of the world be inspired by their commitment. Please continue to sustain them.
    emily g - USA
  • Dear Lord. Sustain your children at ERCC. Let your will continue to be done in their hearts and lives. Hear our cry for our brothers and sisters. Please stop this persecution. Please help them to be strong. May the influence they have through Christ have an ocean flood effect on those around them compared to what is happening to them in Jesus amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • May God's Spirit be with each of you in these trials. ""All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let you
    Bart S - USA
  • The shadow of Your second coming is upon us. Suffering and persecution as never before in history. Help us all to remember "If God is for us who can be against us" Watch over the Chinese christians. Falsely arrested, imprisoned, homes destroyed. Provide for their needs and keep their faith strong. Open the eyes of the blind to your salvation
    kathleen r - USA
  • Lord please help all my brothers & sisters being persecuted around the world, I lift the members of the ERCC & pray you would strengthen their faith, help them to grow stronger in their walks with you Lord. Please move in the hearts of the lost around them esp. the gov't. Use them to be lights to the lost surrounding them, Thank you Jesus, AMEN!
    Niccole E - USA
  • Lord God, I thank You for giving these believers the strength to endure and remain faithful to You. May they continue to be unified and demonstrate a love for one another that causes those watching to marvel. May their faith grow and be strengthened through these fires of persecution, and may they have many opportunities to share Your gospel.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Praise you Lord for the faithfulness of these people as they cling to hope in you. May their hearts not grow faint no matter what they face. I pray for provision for them, and I pray that for the hearts of those outside would soften and be turned to knowledge of the truth and the life that only you can give!
    David R - USA
  • Lord God your hand be upon the body of Christ at ERCC please give them strength and encouragement and wisdom in dealing with the persecution the receive provide for them homes and places of worship ,may they remain strong and unified in their faith and enable them to be salt n light to their persecutors In Jesus name
    Dean B - USA
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