Dear Saints, my heart rejoices as I hear testimonies of our dear Brethren in China.
11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
I received the following message from my dear sister in Christ, Angelica,j
Brothers and sisters,
I thought you might be interested in the current situation of Wuhan.
A few months ago, a pastor I know, along with church members, was preaching the gospel on the streets of Wuhan. He kept on street preaching even when Christians were not encouraged to share the Gospel. But nothing stopped them from proclaiming the Gospel, not even the plague.
Now it is the 10th day since the city has been separated by quarantine, and protective masks are the most valuable thing in Wuhan. Money is useless because you can’t find a store that sells the masks. People are in a desperate situation. In response, our brothers and sisters preach the gospel and give out tracks and free masks. They are sharing the word of hope and comfort from God. They have become more and more favored in the city, even in the authorities’ eyes.
These churches in Wuhan keep themselves away from all the rumors and political issues, they just do what a true Christian should do in this situation: preaching Gospel and being wittiness of true peace and true hope that comes from Jesus Christ in front of the non believers who are in panic and hopelessness.
A police officer came to one sister, listened to the gospel, and left with the track and mask happily. After a while, another police officer arrived, heard, and left with the tract and a mask also. Shortly, the first one came back saying another officer would like one too. Soon four more officers came! They are the ones who used to be concerned about the message. But now they came to Christians for help, and they bow down to our God.
The yellow (Christians wearing yellow suits for protection) has become the most beautiful color in the city. Christian gained the respect that they never had because of their willingness to risk their health to serve.
I thank God for their witness and full of joy for our Lord’s amazing work.
Please put them into your prayers. Lots of them are overloaded. Compared with the doctors and nurses, their load is even more massive. For they know, that is the opportunity God gave to them to gain people to Christ. The opening may go soon.
Your brother, P. Z.
Our brother is asking for us to pray, it has been our privilege to pray for them!
– Continue to plead with God for the lives of the people of Wuhan. Ask God for mercy on China as they battle the coronavirus. Ask God to strengthen his church to be salt and light at this dark time.
Lots of them are overloaded. Compared with the doctors and nurses, their load is even more massive. For they know, that is the opportunity God gave to them to gain people to Christ. The opening may go soon.
– This week pray for the church in China to take hold of their identity as God’s children.
– Pray the church in China will trust in the Father’s providential care & learn to entrust themselves fully to God.
– Pray the church in China will see more of the Father’s goodness and kindness and learn to trust him in suffering.
– Pray the church in China will submit to the Father’s discipline knowing that he disciplines those he loves.
– Pray the church in China will learn to delight in the Father as the Father delights in them in Christ Jesus.
– Pray the church in China will live out their lives that bring honor to the Father & not grieve him.
– Pray the church in China will never stop wondering at the depth of the Father’s love for them in giving his only son. May this be their constant praise to him.
– We will lift up two persecuted witnesses for the Lord and continue to pray for Leah Sharibu on this 4th day of two weeks of prayer for her. February 19th marks two years of her captivity by the Boko Haram. We also pray for Alice another Christian captive of the Boko Haram. Pray that this year will be the year where they will be set free. Remember and pray for Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison in China.
If you are so led by the Spirit please join us tonight. Lord willing, I look forward to praying with you..
In Christ Love your sister,
Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Leader
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