Nov. 19, 2020 | China
A leading elder from the Early Rain church has been forced out of Chengdu again after intense pressure. Elder Li Yingqiang was arrested in Dec. 2018, a few days after lead pastor Wang Yi had been arrested. Li Yingqiang spent eight months in prison before banishment from the city of Chengdu for one year. After 12 months, Li Yingqiang, his wife, and his two small children returned to Chengdu to rejoin their church body, where they experienced heavy surveillance. Police even constructed a small house in front of his apartment building so they could monitor him 24 hours a day. They regularly visited his home to “investigate complaints,” forced his children to attend public school and did not allow them to travel or attend church. Finally, on Oct. 28, police informed Li Yingqiang that he was not welcome in Chengdu and advised him to leave. The family secured an apartment in Leshan, where they stayed for less than a week before their landlord informed the police he had rescinded their two-year lease agreement. Yingqiang wrote in a public post, “May the Lord provide us a place. May the Lord help us lean on His grace and guidance as we take each step and go to each place so that we can bear witness to his justice and mercy.” Continue to pray for this family and the rest of the Early Rain Church.
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