Chinese house church pastor: ‘Hundreds of police raided our church; but we are seeing revival’

February 17, 2020 by Lindy Lowry in Asia

… See, I have placed before you an open door.

That no one can shut.

I know you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

(Revelation 3:8)


Right after hundreds of police raided his house church in China, Pastor Xiang En preached this powerful scripture.


Open Doors recently sat down with him to hear his and his church’s story and to learn more about the trials our brothers and sisters are walking through. Watch his story here.

Right now as you read this, churches in China are being closed and Christians like Pastor Xiang are coming under intensifying pressure; some have been arrested and imprisoned. Xiang says that persecution in China is comparable to the persecution China saw under Mao during the country’s Cultural Revolution in the ’60s. The large underground church he is a part of has seen firsthand what Chinese President Xi Jinping has started in a move to squeeze the church and stunt the growth of Christianity.

But in the fire, God is refining His people. Pastor Xiang’s story reminds us that God’s hand is moving in the hearts and lives of His faithful.

And that no one can shut the open door He has set before His people….

*Pastor Xiang En’s story is the personal account of a Chinese Christian from a large house church in China. Persecution in China differs by region and church context. To learn more about China and what God is doing in and through His Church—visit

Through your prayers and gifts, you can come alongside believers in China who are keeping God's Word—strengthening the future of the church in China. Will you commit to praying with and supporting your family in China? Open Doors is partnering with Christians in China to provide them with Bibles and discipleship training, Sunday school teacher training, and youth camps for house churches. You can make a substantial difference in the lives of your brothers and sisters today!

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