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Release International Prayer Shields, China and Pakistan


Praise God that Early Rain Covenant Church in China has experienced ‘tremendous’ growth since the December 2018 crackdown, with new members, new converts and many baptisms.


Many other Early Rain Covenant Church members in China face ongoing persecution. Ren Ruiting, 25, was ordered to sign up for government ‘correction work’. Many others have been detained. Pray they will stand firm in their faith.


Pray for Pastor Wang’s son, Joshua, whom officials in China escort every day to a school chosen by the state. Our partners say the teenager has become withdrawn.


Please continue to pray for Chinese Pastor Wang Yi, leader of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan province, who is still serving a nine-year sentence. His wife, Jiang Rong, and family are under 24-hour surveillance (see Voice magazine, pages 16-18).


Release International’s partners say it is impossible to count the number of prisoners of faith in China: many arrests are undocumented. Pray that each one will know that God sees them.


Please pray for Zafar Bhatti in Pakistan, whose life sentence for blasphemy was changed to the death sentence last year. Zafar has been in ill-health. Pray his appeal will be heard soon.


Release International associate ministries are distributing children’s Bibles in Urdu: most Pakistani Christians cannot afford to buy Bibles. Pray that the children receiving God’s word will understand God’s love for them, amid persecution.

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