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Announcement on September 11th Outdoor Worship Service - Week 23

Thursday, September 15, 2011

imageDear brothers and sisters:
Peace in the Lord! On September 11th, Shouwang had her twenty-third Sunday outdoor worship service. In the past week, many believers were detained at home since Saturday. On Friday night, police from Guangying Police Station took a sister to a hotel for detention. As far as we know, at least thirteen believers were taken away on Sunday morning for going to the planned location to join the outdoor service, either at the spot or on their way there (including Pastor Wang Shuangyan and a brother from a church in another city). Two of them were released on the way to a police station, and others were sent to eight local police stations of their respective area. Four believers who went to visit at Malianwa Police Station were dragged into a room for interrogation by force. Till 0:00am on the 12th, eleven believers were released home (including the sister who was taken away on Friday night), and the other three believers were still under detention in two different police stations. The last brother was released at 7:30am on the 13th (Tuesday).

The birthday of a sister among those who were detained in police stations was this Sunday. She was taken to a police station since she went to the outdoor service with other two sisters in the morning. She was released for a while around noon, and then was taken into Zhongguancun Police Station again and was detained in the basement. Many believers, taking moon cake and birthday cards, went to accompany her, and waited outside the police station. When she was released around 11:00pm at night, they celebrated together and enjoyed the love of being in the fellowship of Christ. May God remember what she and other believers sacrificed. 
The brother, who was not released until Tuesday morning (forty-eight hours detention), spent an unforgettable Mid-Autumn day at Shuguang Police Station. In this special evening of Mid-Autumn day with no moonlight, our brother met his wife and child in the lobby of the police station under the watch of guards. Our sister witnessed that he was full of peace and joy when he hugged his child. Although it was Mid-Autumn day, a day to be with family, many believers went to wait outside police stations to be companions with those who were under detention. During this period of spiritual warfare, our love of being one family in Christ makes this Mid-Autumn day very special.
May peace and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the mercy and love of Father God, and the console and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, be with each brother and sister of Shouwang Church and all the churches who remember Shouwang Church in prayers, from this time on and forevermore! Amen.
Beijing Shouwang Church

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