From April 18th to 19th, the coworkers in each
place except Shanghai were sure that they were with the EL
people. They didn’t realize they were already confined
until they asked to leave. From then on, some coworkers started
to argue with them; some refused to attend the lectures; some
started fasting; some sharply condemned the EL as vile gangsters;
while some coworkers kept calm and only listened to what they
had to say, so as to figure out their purpose.
When Zhang, one of the core leaders, realized
that they were trapped, he knew it was too late for regrets.
However, what concerned him the most was not only the safety
of the 34 coworkers, but that while the 34 coworkers were
in confinement, the EL people would use their names to deceive
their families and many other coworkers. This would be much
more serious. Thinking of the situation, he couldn’t
help but weep, his tears falling like rain and his heart burning.
He prayed to God, “Oh, God, please have mercy on us,
and forgive us of our ignorance. Please stop it! We have suffered
enough for all these years. Our coworkers have been persecuted
over and over again, and have gone through all the hardships
of their lives. Today, we are even trapped and kidnapped due
to our innocence and eagerness to learn the Word. We can’t
see what’s lying ahead, or whether we are to live or
die. Now we are in the hands of the Eastern Lightning who
stop at no evil and have absolutely no restraint in doing
anything. Shall our 34 coworkers die in the hands of these
wicked people like this? What if they seize the opportunity
to deceive more churches in our names? Oh, God, shall the
fruits of our twenty years’ labor be destroyed so quickly?
If you still remember your glory, please protect all your
servants and make a way out for us…”