China Prayerband -- Declared Illegal  

Posted by JC Lamont in

I posted about this Prayerband when the Olympics first started, expecially when the Chinese Pastor who inspiered it was arrested. Now China has declared the prayer bands to be illegal, considering "pryaer to be a national security threat."

From VOM:Chinese police have stopped people on the streets and taken the bands off their wrists. Some have been interrogated and arrested; at least three families were evicted from their homes. To the government, the prayer band is a symbol of revolution.

We thank everyone across the U.S. and around the world who answered the call to wear a "Pray for China" prayer band and pray during the Olympics. Your willingness to stand with Chinese house church Christians encouraged them as they also wore prayer bands and prayed for their country. Their commitment came with a cost.

Yet, house church Christians refuse to be intimidated. They say that prayer for China is even more critical now that the world is no longer watching. Persecution has increased.

A well-known house church leader was held 11 days by police, who accused him of having an "illegal business operation" for distributing prayer bands free of charge.

Yet, he is not afraid. He told us: "The police can stop us from wearing the prayer bands, but they can’t stop us from praying. Many Chinese brothers and sisters are still wearing the prayer bands without fear."

If you're interested, prayer bands are only $2. I've been wearing mine since August, I never even take it off. » Click here if you want own.

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Wow. Getting arrested for waring a band? I can't even imagine it. I have China on my daily prayer list.

November 20, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Thanks for the update, JC.

My good friend Joy is going to Thailand in January to do missions. I know it doesn't seem like it relates, but hold on.

The chinese tourists come to Thailand on vacation. Missionaries can't take Bibles into China, but each Chinese person is allowed to bring one Bible back with them.

So, Joy will be working with a group in Thailand that passes out Chinese Bibles and other materials for the tourists to take home.

It is estimated that for every Bible taken back, at least ten people are presented with the gospel!

Anyway, sometime in the near future I'm going to do a blog post detailing the work all my various missionary friends are doing.

In the meantime, to check out her blog and learn more about what she'll be doing, go to


November 20, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Thanks JC and AJerome. . . good stuff. I am so grateful to have a front row seat for all of this. What a joy! (teric)

November 20, 2008 at 4:23 PM

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