An Early Rain Covenant Church preacher in China is asking for prayers as he and his family continue to be persecuted by their neighbors and the communist government.
Dai Zhichao, who leads a small group of ERCC members in Sichuan Province, faced harassment at his home on Sunday, Oct 24, when a group of unknown people beat on his door, spray-painted the message "Pay Your Debt" across it and filled in the door's keyhole with glue, CBN News reports.
According to ChinaAid, the power to Dai's house was also disconnected. The preacher reported the issue to the community management office, who told him that the circuit breaker jumped, causing him to lose power. The power was turned back on seven hours later.
"We were scared. We were just able to open the door. When we watched outside through the peephole in the morning, we noticed those people seemed to live next door," Dai explained during a church gathering.
"Please pray for God's help and peace during the tribulation … When they vandalized our door in the morning, I suspected they were painting 'pay your debt.' It was actually those words when I opened the door to look," he continued. "Thank you, God. We were really nervous. Now we can better understand the feeling of those who were bullied but unable to appeal for help."
Dai asserted that the ongoing harassment of himself and his family is ultimately an attack on Jesus Christ.
"Thankfully, we have God, or else we would be really angry. Thank you for your prayers and love. It's back in peace for now. Please pray for God to bring us peace and protection. When they hear us worship God during Sunday services, they get angry and come attack us," he said.
"Actually, they are not attacking us but attacking Christ. God, please help us better understand the sweetness of the cross, and that the most powerful force is the gospel. May the Holy Spirit be with us!"
A week before the incident, Dai and his family were detained by police for more than 10 hours.
As CBN News reported in August, police raided a Sunday gathering in which Dai was taken and held in detention for two weeks.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.