Urgent Prayer for This Persecuted Church!
Urgent Prayer for This Persecuted Church!
Update, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022: A close relative in China of the pastor of the Mayflower church received a visit from the state police over the weekend. They escorted her to their version of the NSA. There, they urged her to encourage the church members to return “voluntarily” to China. They told her that Thailand will do whatever China says, that the U.S. will not intervene, and that South Korea is not going to assist the church. So, intimidation tactics are being escalated in China, while operatives who oppose this church are still at work in Thailand, as had been happening previously when the church members were in South Korea.
“Prayer and Jesus are the priorities. Blinken is the conduit for accountability from Thailand.”
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Please pray about a critical and time-sensitive issue for a persecuted Chinese Church currently in Bangkok, Thailand. There are 16 families facing the threat of being sent back to China over the next 30 days. Thai immigration authorities are requiring each church family to go to the Chinese Embassy for a letter of approval before the government will renew any of their Thai visas. This is problematic and will result in each family’s being sent back to China for imprisonment, apart from U.S. intervention. We need people to pray that God would move this immigration mountain. We need leaders who can reach out to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken soon, as this is a crisis giving us very little recourse after Oct. 5.
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- Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church (SHRC), also known as Mayflower Church, fled mainland China in late 2019 for Jeju Island, South Korea. They fled after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forced the closure of their church and school, and detained and interrogated the lead pastor. They also witnessed the leader of their church network, Wang Yi, be sentenced to nine years in a Chinese prison for leading unregistered churches.
- The 16 families lived for 2.5 years on Jeju Island. The U.S. State Department was aware of and updated on their case during those years, but no action was ever taken. The church received weekly threats — 33 documented threats occurred from April through July of 2022 — and relatives remaining in China were detained. All refugee applications submitted to South Korea were denied, and there was forfeiture of an estimated $1,500 per person.
- In August 2022, the families took the calculated risk of moving to Thailand with hopes of receiving UNHCR refugee status. The urgency for U.S. resettlement increased as Chinese operatives in Thailand were documented following, harassing, and intimidating the families. These Chinese operatives interfered during an Associated Press interview, and AP reporters shared this with the U.S. Embassy. An urgent request for the U.S. State Department to intervene was submitted and is still in discussion in September. A serious security threat has remained, based on previously documented cases of the Chinese Communist Party’s kidnapping Chinese refugees from Thailand.
- On Sept. 27, 2022, the Mayflower Church learned from Thai immigration authorities that the families will not be permitted to renew their Thai visas without a visit to the Chinese Embassy. The first Mayflower family that arrived in Thailand now have a 2-week-old baby. That same family learned that their Thai visa, which expires Oct. 5, will not be renewed without a Chinese letter of approval. Any visit to the Chinese Embassy will result in each family’s being arrested and sent back to China. An expired Thai visa will result in their being arrested by Thai authorities, placed in immigration prison, and sent back to China.
We need leaders connected to Secretary Blinken and the U.S. State Department who could be of help as we urgently seek intervention and request humanitarian parole for the persecuted Mayflower Church. We are working in partnership with Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, and others. Even beyond those who are already involved, the situation is so critical that there is need of someone to communicate directly with Secretary Blinken.
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Father, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Your son. We are co-laborers with Him, and in His Name we release the host of heaven to war on behalf of Your sons and daughters in the Mayflower church. Work even thru those who may be unwilling to accomplish freedom and deliverance for Your people
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I do not have a comment just want to know if many prayers against this event were heard and what God did about them? Catherine White
It matters NOT what man says. Watch what God does.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray You shepherd these families into green pastures, leading them to rest. Please restore each individual, moment by moment, as You guide them through this dark time. This is for Your Glory and their good. I ask that the feast You are preparing for them is within sight. Your word says all their days were written in Your book AND ORDAINED for them before they lived their first. I pray an anointing of Your goodness and mercy to secure all the days of their lives. Guard them from the enemy Lord. I ask this in the Name of Jesus, who they love and adore.
We claim Thailand and it’s people for you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!
We claim also Father every Goat nation that opresses your sheep. We pray for your sheep Lord and that the sheep nations will be protected by your strong right arm.
Your children are being opressed on all sides Lord and yet they know where their help comes from. It comes from You oh Lord.
Lord we believe that the revival that is happening here in America is going to flow out to all nations and people’s.
Those who look to you with great hope and expectation have never been disappointed and never will be.
We give You all of our cares and concerns and Father God , we give You alone all of the glory , honor and praise.
We thank You that You are holding each of Your children and bringing peace and help to them.
Father I ask that you would bless all of those who are praying for these nations and people.
Lord of Hosts, please intervene in this situation. Please give wisdom, lead and guide the Chinese Christians who are in Thailand right now. Give them a Red Sea moment, in your powerful name we pray, amen!
Father God, ,we thank you in advance for making a way where there seems to be no way. You are know for doing this in Your Promises to us! Thank you, that Amnesty International will get involved in all these cases and secure the number of letters, signatures, etc. needed to draw international attention to this continuing crime against the people of Thailand.
Also, thank you Father God, for Biden’s administration to do the right thing and support the freedom for the people of this church and all the people of Thailand! in the name above all names, Jesus Christ, Amen!!!
Amen David! Amen and Amen!
Father you’re going to have to step into this situation. Little, if any, faith can be afforded the current satan worshipers in a position to step up and do something decent for any Christian anywhere. They’re persecution here proves that. Asking a government official in power currently is fruitless.
@”Any visit to the Chinese Embassy will result in each family’s being arrested and sent back to China. An expired Thai visa will result in their being arrested by Thai authorities, placed in immigration prison, and sent back to China.”
In other words, the Red Sea before them, and the Egyptian army behind them. We’ve seen this somewhere before.
LORD the Almighty, here is my prayer: You delivered the Israelites from that dreadful peril back then. You remain the same almighty and awesome God today. There, You saved a multitude of Israelite families. Here, we have 16 families of Christians. This is NOTHING for You. My Father — HELP THEM. Help these imperiled, desperately beleaguered disciples of Jesus Christ. Back then, You used Moses. And his wooden staff. Today, we have JESUS, Who is greater than Moses, and His wooden cross, upon which He died but now is risen from death. You are the great and awesome God — do it again, O LORD; do it again. Please hear our prayer. Hear us. STAND UP and ROAR, like the Holy Lion You really are — and strike terror into the hearts of these communist Pharaohs. In the blessed name of the One Who is greater than Moses. So be it.
Oh Lord, Protect these families and surround them with your angels. Honor their devotion to you and bring them to a safe place where they can continue to worship you in wisdom and truth. Bring this situation to the right people who can bring this to pass and soften their hearts to help these families in their time of need.
We ask that you stop the harassment from the Chinese officials and blind their eyes to the activities of these people. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen!
Hebrews 4, The Promised Rest
Dear Heavenly Father, I just read in Hebrews 4 about Your promised rest. Your Word says the disobedient will never enter into it. I am praying the Mayflower Church will know this rest today. I am praying they will be rewarded for their faithfulness. They love you Lord. I am approaching Your Throne of Grace with boldness, to ask that they receive mercy and grace at this time. I pray each Thai official and every US official will be pierced with a desire for justice. I know Your Word is alive and active Lord, may IT penetrate to their soul and spirit and their decision reflect Your Will. Holy Spirit, You are our Advocate. Jesus, You are our High Priest living to intercede for Your church. I pray these 16 families are safe. You will get the glory Father God. Amen
Father God- I pray that your Spirit would move upon the proper person who is able to reach out to Secretary Blinken. May your will be done in protecting the members of the church body, so that they will not be sent back to China and certain imprisonment/. Protect them and give them wisdom about what to do/. Have mercy on them Lord! I pray that the US reaches out to intervene in this matter, In Jesus Name, Amen
President Trump should be made aware of this. The Chinese government KNOWS that he is the rightful acting president. President Trump could have huge influence in resolving this.