By Emily Watt 2 March 2021

A Mother’s Letter To The Authorities

A Chinese Christian has penned an open letter to local authorities after police raided her home.

After years of pressure from government officials, it was an unexpected police raid that pushed Shu Qiong, mother of two and member of the Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), to write a desperate plea to Wang Fengchao, the Mayor of Chengdu.

“I left home at 9 am. When returning at 6 pm, I found that two boxes of devotional notebooks I kept in my wardrobe had disappeared. After confirming that none of my family members had taken them, I phoned the police.

“During the past two years, government officials, particularly police, have constantly persecuted those in the church I attend. Today, I personally experienced this tragedy as police officers encroached my Christian faith, personal safety, and possessions.

“Police illegally placed Christians of my church under administrative detention, illegally confiscated their possessions, beaten some church members, shut off the water, electricity, heat, and internet at some of their places, forced some families to move from their homes, threatened some citizens at home, had some fired from their jobs, sealed their doors with padlocks, separated children from their mothers, and have kept some ERCC church members under surveillance 24 hours every day…—the list can be ongoing.

“The Bible says that rulers do not hold any terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong (Romans 13:3).

“Do you want to be free from fear of (God)? If so, do what is right and you will be commended.

“I hope you will be a mayor who rewards kindness and penalizes evil.”

Click here to read the full letter.

Pray For China: 

  • Pray Mayor Wang Fengchao is receptive to this open letter and responds with wisdom and kindness.
  • Pray for perseverance for the Chinese church, even in the face of intense pressure from authorities.
  • Pray God would be moving in the hearts of Chinese authorities, drawing them closer to Him.

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