URGENT M/O Update: China!

April 9, 2011

Urgent Prayer Request from Doug Birdsall, Executive Chair of the Lausanne Movement, on behalf of the Beijing Shouwang Church:

Dear Lausanne Leader,

We’re writing to ask for your urgent prayers for Beijing Shouwang Church this coming Sunday, 10th April.  Please see the links below for more information on this situation.

The church has again been forced out of their space and has decided to worship outdoors in the park.  On behalf of the church, church leaders have issued prayer requests for Christians around the world to ask for support during this time.  Their prayer requests are as follows:

“Please be praying for:

  1. Peaceful Solution: We ask God to open a door for a peaceful solution to resolve the problem of a worship place.  Our choices are between obtaining an official document to permit us to rent an indoor worship hall or to begin worship in the new church location of our purchased property.
  2. Guidance from the Lord: While the entire church fasts to seek the Lord’s guidance for the upcoming outdoor worship, we ask for the Holy Spirit Himself to be present and active in our lives.  We pray that the Holy Spirit would remove all fleshly ambition, impetuosity and fears from our hearts so that when we are faced with all sorts of challenges (whether it would be in our work, families, career or personal safety), we may rely solely on the gentleness and humility of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to respond with calmness.
  3. Unity of the Church: The Evil One would like to use this opportunity to fracture and even crush the church.  We ask the Lord to preserve the unity of our church.  Despite of all the differences in our points of view, we pray that we may submit to another and bear with one another in love.”

Thank you for your prayers for our brothers and sisters in China.

Doug Birdsall

Executive Chair, The Lausanne Movement

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As of Saturday, April 9, 2011, from D.:

Just received msg from within SW: “Nearly All members I known were blocked home by police since 20:00 BJ time.”

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As of Friday, April 8, 2011, from D.:

Dear prayer partners,
The most recent report early this morning from within Shouwang is that the heat is getting more intense as police, school officials, employers, neighborhood watch, family, relatives are pressuring church members to not show up on Sunday.   The govt is for sure bent on cracking down.  Pray for a peaceful resolution to come from the very top.  I am working to get prayer requests out through the Lausanne Global Prayer Network.  Pray for Shouwang!  Pray also for me as well so that the Lord will guide my steps through this difficult time.
D.

 

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