What were you doing on Thursday, October 11? I was researching and writing a sermon on 1 Peter 2:9, first at the local Caribou Coffee and then later in the comfort of my prayer room at home. It was a blessed day in the Lord--and it was quite comfortable.
Not so for our brother in Christ Hua Huiqi:
"On October 11, prominent house church leader, Hua Huiqi, was repeatedly attacked and beaten by police at his home. According to China Aid Association, 'Hua was reading his Bible at his home despite police surrounding his house. He was sent to Beijing Tiantan Hospital, because he lost consciousness after repeated beatings from the police.' China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) recently put Hua under house arrest. PSB officers had been surrounding his house, when they attacked him. Pastor Hua’s 77-year-old mother, Shuang Shuying, remains very ill in prison, serving a two-year sentence. Voice of the Martyrs contacts say she is being held hostage by police in order to put pressure on Pastor Hua to reveal names and information of believers. Pray for Hua’s speedy recovery and for God to minister and encourage him while he is in the hospital. Ask the Holy Spirit to convict his attackers and draw them into the knowledge of Jesus Christ" (www.persecution.com, "Top Story," November 2, 2007).
Whatever you did on October 11, and whatever you're doing today, I pray that you, like me, will get on your knees and ask God to cause you to so love him that you will not fear the consequences of sharing his mercy and love in Christ. I pray that you, like me, will ask God for forgiveness for your timidity in Christ, and ask him to fill you with godly, gentle, loving, bold courage to tell the truth about him. I pray that you, like me, will join thousands of others and pray for his mercy and strength to be on the Chinese House Church movement.
"Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10).