I’m having such a joyful Christmas holiday with my kids and because of Dalin, and so this morning I woke late and lazily checked my iPhone to see what emails and messages I had received overnight. I was startled awake by the message that came in from Lily in China:
Today three nannies and I took four children to local children's hospital because they are sick. I took one child back home early so I could stop to get birthday cake for little Jill. The three nannies and children came back home from hospital by bus. When they are on the bus, a young woman doubted our nannies is kidnapping and selling children but our nannies said no and show the receipt we got from hospital. But she didn't trust nannies and then she called the police office. The nannies was not allowed to get out of the bus until the police arrived and put them in their van. When I arrived at HH, I think maybe over 20-30 policeman came to HH, they saw our children and doesn't want anyone to leave. I told them we were registered in BJ and show them the file, show all of staff's ID, show them all of children's info. but they still not trust us and said we are illegal. I had to explain every policeman's questions about our work, our children. They kept our children and nannies in the police van almost 1 hour. Our nannies cried and begged the policeman to give children back to us because children sick and they needs to come back, they need food, they need warm place, they need water. I am very angry with them and begged one of police leader to give children back to us. After that, they agreed to give children back to us. Then they stayed our house for over two hours and they took me back to the police office to ask more questions, they keep the copy of all of file and I spent 3 hours in the police office. Then the police took me back to HH and get more children's info. and orphanage info. I told myself don't cry but I can't help tearing and I can do nothing to my broken heart. I hope we are still safe but I don't know what happen tomorrow... Please pray for all of HH staff and children and hope we are saved by God.
Lily In the 15 years that I have been doing ministry in China, although we have faced various threats from time to time, we have never experienced anything like this. In some ways this is a head-scratcher because in times past the Langfang police have themselves brought children to Harmony House and we have had numerous meetings with the Langfang Ministry of Civil Affairs. Heck, one time years ago I even was invited to lunch with the Mayor of Langfang. So what’s going on?!? Well, this is communist China we are talking about, and they don’t play by the same rule book we use in the West. No doubt about it, this is spiritual warfare – and we need to treat it as such. In my years of doing ministry I have learned (often the hard way) that it is futile to fight a spiritual battle with carnal weapons. God is on the throne and this ministry belongs to HIM. Whether we live or die, decrease or increase, is decided by Him and Him alone. (See 2 Chron. 20 below) One of our ministry objectives at Harmony is to always involve you, our supporters and team members, in our struggles—not to hide the difficulties we face—so that together you can experience with us the mighty deliverance of God and have your faith invigorated. This is one of those occasions. Harmony House is threatened and our staff in China is reeling from this attack. Prayer moves the hand of God. We are calling in reinforcements through this email by asking you to gather your family, fall on your knees, and in this way to ride to the rescue. Please meet us on the battlefield by invoking the mighty power of intercessory prayer! [divider]
Then some came and reported to King Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).” Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord. Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord before the new court, and he said, “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, ‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.’ Now behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt (they turned aside from them and did not destroy them),see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance. O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel. You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.” Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. The Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel, with a very loud voice. They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped. When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much. Then on the fourth day they assembled in the valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the Lord. Therefore they have named that place “The Valley of Beracah” until today. Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies. They came to Jerusalem with harps, lyres and trumpets to the house of the Lord. And the dread of God was on all the kingdoms of the lands when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God gave him rest on all sides. (2 Chron 20:1-30)