Christian leaders who face injustice at the hands of governing authorities often see their families and loved ones forced to endure great hardships. The St. Charles Institute has received an urgent appeal for prayer from Pastor Ezra Jin of Zion Church Beijing that highlights this sad reality.
For background, in September 2018, Chinese authorities banned and forcibly closed Zion Church Beijing after their church services were deemed illegal. The closure is part of an increasing and stringent crackdown by the Chinese government that has seen churches closed, Christian and other religious leaders harassed and arrested, and massive restrictions on religious freedom.
Since the church’s closure, Zion’s Pastor Ezra Jin has been under great personal pressure. He has faced a long separation from his wife and two young children who left China due to the internal challenges in the country. Ezra’s wife and children are now studying in the United States.
The injustice faced by Pastor Ezra took yet another hard turn in recent days, as his daughter, Grace, was informed that she is now banned from leaving China. Authorities have deemed Grace to be at risk of “harming the country.”
Grace is an accomplished student, having received degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She had planned to further her studies in the United States as a law student at Washington and Lee Law School starting this fall. However, China’s travel ban now puts these plans at risk.
Please read the prayer appeal linked here, and join me in praying for Pastor Ezra, Grace, and his dear family, as they continue to bear the weight of the injustice. Pray that God, who miraculously shut the mouths of hungry lions (Daniel 6) and opened jail cells (Acts 5, 12, 16), will be glorified by working a miracle for Grace, Ezra, and their entire family.