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Xiao Hongliu, the wife of imprisoned Early Rain Covenant Church leader Qin Defu, has made a public request for international prayer.
In December 2018, Qin Defu was arrested along with some 100 Early Rain Covenant Church worshipers during a raid on underground churches launched by the Chinese Communist Party in an attempt to wipe out any semblance of Christianity and religion in the nation. Qin Defu was charged with “illegal business operations” and imprisoned, leaving his wife and two young children without their husband and father.
Xiao Hongliu’s heartfelt letter is as follows:
“Dear brothers and sisters,
My name is Xiao Hongliu, I am Qin Defu’s wife. I am begging for intercessory prayers for my family and me.
Defu has been in jail for more than six months.
I had received his phone calls from the jail at the beginning of his sentence.
Although the calls were only two or three minutes long, as long as I could hear his voice, I knew he was safe and alive.
Although I could not see him personally, I knew he was alive somewhere, where God could see him.
However, since the end of March, I have not received his calls anymore.
I have lost contact with him for more than 70 days, which makes my heart worry.
My reasoning makes me believe he is still alive, and God is with him.
However, not hearing from him is like an enemy. It hurts me so much that I suffer every day.
Normally, my husband would be managing the church, busy before and after, and I would merely hope for him to return home a bit earlier each night.
Now, my hope is causing me pain.
Every day, I just want to receive one three-minute call from him, but this apparently has become an extravagant hope.
Dear God, please let me follow behind you, pulling on the hem of your clothes, because I am no better off than the women who suffered from a blood issue for 12 years.
I know my weakness, so I am begging for my brothers and sisters to pray for me and Qin Defu.
God, please, out of charity, give us mercy. We are so lowly we cannot bear it!”
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