A preacher in China’s Sichuan province asks for prayers as his family continues to be persecuted by communist authorities – even when they are at home.
Dai Zhichao, a member of the Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), was awakened by the sound of someone knocking on his door last Sunday, reports China Aid. When he got up to see what was going on, Dai discovered the words “Pay Your Debt” written on the door.
The keyhole in the house was filled with glue and the family’s electricity was reportedly cut off. When Dai called the community management office, he was told the power was out due to a problem with the circuit breaker.
His electricity was finally restored seven hours later.
Police had detained Dai and his family the previous week for more than 10 hours, according to China Aid.
The preacher shared details of the ongoing harassment at a church rally saying, “We were scared. We were barely able to open the door. When we looked out through the peephole in the morning, we noticed that these people seemed to live next door.
He continued, “Please pray for God’s help and peace during the tribulation. When they vandalized our door in the morning, I suspected they were painting ‘pay your debt.’ were actually those words when I opened the door to look. Thank you, God. We were really nervous. Now we can better understand the feeling of those who have been bullied but unable to ask for help.
Thank you for your prayers and love. Peace has returned for now. Please pray for God to bring us peace and protection. When they hear us worshiping God during Sunday services they get angry and come to attack us. In fact, they do not attack us, but attack Christ. God, please help us to better understand the sweetness of the Cross, and that the most powerful force is the Gospel. May the Holy Spirit be with us!”
As CBN News reported, Dai was victimized in August during a Sunday worship service at Chengdu’s ERCC when police illegally raided a group meeting.
Police said they received a call reporting an illegal gathering there, according to a Facebook post.
“Pastoral trainee Dai Zhichao asked the police to show a search warrant. The police were brutal and wanted to check people’s ID cards. Dai Zhichao’s arm was scratched and his cell phone was taken from him. confiscated.”
Dai was detained for 14 days before finally being released.
In recent years, the Chinese communist regime has intensified its extreme measures to suppress religious groups in China.
Pastor Wang Yi, who led the ERCC, was arrested in December 2018 after his home was raided and ransacked by police.
The prominent pastor was sentenced to nine years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business operations”.
In addition, QinDefu, an ERCC alumnus, was sentenced in November 2019 to four years in prison by a court in Chengdu. He was charged with “illegal business dealings” to get books for the church.
“The latest raid on the ERCC, while nothing new, shows a disturbing trend that house churches are frequently subjected to harassment like this in the name of ‘law enforcement. “, where Beijing has used revised regulations on legally flawed religious affairs to suppress house churches across the country,” said Gina Goh, ICC regional director for Southeast Asia.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s constant fear of unregistered churches is both pathetic and absurd, as it underscores President Xi’s insecurity of any critical mass. There is absolutely no respect for religious freedom,” added Goh.
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