Arriving in Beijing on the morning of April
27th, not knowing where to report the case, those sisters
had no one to turn to. But thank God that He miraculously
arranged Brother Jing to help them while they were desperate.
With Jing and his wife’s help, they reported the case
to a related department in Beijing. That night, two sisters,
as representatives of all, met the officials and told them
the whole story about how over 30 people were trapped and
kidnapped by the EL cult, and how they had planned this scheme
for about one year’s time. At the same time, they clarified
the difference between the faith of the genuine house churches
and the nature of the Eastern Lightning cult. When they heard
about so many people being kidnapped, the officials realized
how serious it was, and said, “The fact that your house
church could come to Beijing to report the case has shown
that you trust the government and know how to protect your
rights by means of the law. It’s very right.”
So, on that very night, they wrote a report of the case to
the higher authority, and asked the leading sister to cooperate
with providing clues. The higher authority accepted this case
with great sincerity, and swiftly acted upon rescuing the
people. They expressed that they would strike relentless blows
at the EL cult.
God had finally stretched out His golden rod.
At this moment, the group of family members wept, giving thanks
to God from the bottom of their hearts, praising His name.
On the afternoon of April 28th, Brother Yang
and Brother Jing (confined by the EL in Ren Qiu, He Bei province)
came up with a plan. After discussing with each other, Brother
Jing went into the bathroom and locked the door. He opened
the window and then shouted at the top of his voice, “Help!
We’ve been kidnapped by the EL cult for over ten days
here. Anybody! Please call the police to get us out of here!”
As soon as the EL heard this, it took them no time to break
into the bathroom, dragging Brother Jing away and beating
him. A crowed soon gathered in front of the house, everybody
trying to see what was happening. Knowing they were exposed,
the EL members quickly opened the door. Brothers Yang and
Jing wasted no time and dashed out, while a few EL members
followed to chase them. As soon as they were out of the neighborhood,
the two brothers grabbed a taxi and asked the driver to head
to Ren Qiu city right away. Soon they overran the EL people
who wanted to get hold of them. After asking the driver, they
learned that the place they had been confined in was the third
residential area of the No. 3 field of the North China Oil
Field in He Jian city. After their escape, they went directly
to BJ to meet the sisters who were reporting the case there.
They told them of their stories, and joined with them to rescue
May 1, the sisters went from Beijing back to
Zheng Zhou. They learned that Eastern Lightning had infiltrated
many local churches in different places. The churches were
at stake! The coworkers discussed the situation and immediately
formed a temporary Administration team to take charge of existing
ministries of the Fellowship, an Itinerate team to visit churches
disrupted by the EL, and a Rescuing team to assist the families
of the kidnapped leaders to report the cases to the local
police in provinces where the confinements were happening.
Then they all set off to fulfill their different tasks.
May 7th to 8th, a national coworkers’
conference was convened. The leading coworkers narrated all
the details of the event to help local church leaders overcome
the suspicion they had been holding. They arranged how to
take precautions against the disruptions of Eastern Lightning
across the church family. They encouraged all coworkers to
stand firm with one heart and one mind while God’s family
was suffering great calamity and facing threatening foes,
so that in unity they can keep the church’s ministries
in good order – to comfort family members of the kidnapped,
to rescue the kidnapped coworkers, to clearly understand the
enemy’s schemes, and to fight a good fight in this spiritual
war. Instead of loosing heart in the face of this overwhelming
situation, the coworkers were filled with confidence and determination
to fight the EL to the death.