Many of you joined me in praying for Pastor “Bike” and his wife and his fellow worker when they “disappeared” during the Olympics in Bejing. He was returned unharmed . . . that time. Here is a disturbing note I received from Voice of the Martyrs this morning. Please pray for this dear family–our brothers and sister who have been badly wounded yet again. Pray that the God of all comforts will be present to them, not only in reality, but also in their minds and emotions. Pray that peace will triumph and that, as in Psalm 45, the enemies of our Lord will “fall before Him.” By this I mean, and I believe the Holy Spirit means, that they will fall down in worship as they repent and He heals them.
CHINA- Prominent House Church Leader’s Sons Assaulted by Chinese Police – China Aid Association On October 16, Zhang Jian, the elder son of Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan, was severely beaten by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials in Beijing, China Aid Association (CAA) reported. Zhang Jian was at home with his mother, Xie Fenglan, when PSB officials entered their residence and secured the exits before severely beating him with iron bars for nearly half an hour. “As Zhang lay bleeding profusely, his mother called the ambulance, but the receptionist told her that a higher government authority gave a directive not to dispatch an ambulance to rescue Zhang because he is related to Pastor Bike,” CAA reported.
“Xie Fenglan called her younger son, who rushed to the house and was also beaten by the same authorities,” CAA added. After some time a family friend took Zhang Jian to a local emergency room, where doctors said he was so severely beaten that he may lose sight in his right eye. The family has not been able to contact Pastor Bike, who was traveling at the time of the attack, and they fear he might have been detained by authorities.
Pray for Zhang Jian and his younger brother’s quick recovery from the attack. Ask God to protect Pastor Bike and his entirely family during this challenging time. Praise God for this family’s faithfulness to risk their all for the sake of the gospel.
Thanks for praying with me, and may God grant you His joy and peace,