CHINA: Police Question Church Elder and Confiscate His Computer

16 January 2024

Source: ChinaAid, The Voice of the Martyrs Canada

For the past five years, Elder Li Yingqiang has been repeatedly subjected to questioning and detention since the Chinese Communist Party began targeting the Early Rain Covenant Church.

In the most recent incident, Elder Li was taken by Deyang police officers for interrogation on 15 December. They questioned him about a pre-recorded message that was played on 9 December as part of an online event commemorating the fifth anniversary of the government’s crackdown on the church.

After being summoned again on 19 December, the church elder was detained for another eight hours for further questioning. In addition to warning him against participating in any future online church activities, the authorities confiscated his computer.

In a public letter issued that day, Elder Li expressed his concern over the various challenges being experienced by members of the Early Rain Covenant Church and requested that followers of Jesus please continue to pray for them.

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    Ask the Lord to provide for Elder Li as he navigates the increasing persecution. Ask that the Lord provide for his every physical, emotional, and spiritual need.

    Pray for other members of the Early Rain Covenant Church who are experiencing persecution, including the church’s pastor, Wang Li, who is serving a nine-year prison term. Ask the Lord to sustain each member of the congregation and provide for their every need.

    Ask the Lord to continue to uphold Christians throughout China who are reaching out to others with the message of the gospel. Pray that the church in China will continue to grow exponentially despite intensifying persecution.

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