From All Girls Allowed
Dear All Girls Allowed Prayer Warriors,
Praise the Lord, who has freed Chen Guangcheng and brought him and his family safely to the U.S.! God certainly answers prayers–your faithful prayers over the past three weeks as well as Chai Ling's bold prayer before Congress earlier this week. Chen is now on a flight, due to arrive in Newark, New Jersey, this evening. (See news report here.) Chai Ling has been invited to greet him when he arrives; please pray for all who will be traveling to see Chen! Many, like Ling, have been praying and advocating for him for years, and will finally get the opportunity to meet him tonight.
While Chen's release and freedom is an incredible miracle, it appears that the Chinese government was eager to get him out of China in order to isolate him from his cause–defending victims of forced abortion and forced sterilization. Please pray that God would instead use this as an opportunity to draw more attention to the One-Child Policy and to put unstoppable public pressure on China to end the brutal policy that has claimed the lives of millions and broken countless families. Pray for wisdom for Ling, for Congressman Chris Smith, and for the other activists who have been advocating for Chen and for victims of forced abortion. The next steps are critical for determining the momentum of media coverage about Chen and the One-Child Policy.
Finally, thank you. Thank you for your prayers! You did it–you shook the heavens with your prayers and God has poured out his abundant grace. Let us continue to draw near to the throne of God and worship him, for he is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
the All Girls Allowed team
p.s. We have copied again the conclusion to Chai Ling's testimony just four days ago, to see God's faithful response to her prayers and supplications:
Conclusion of Chai Ling's Testimony
Congressional Hearing on Chen Guangcheng
May 15, 2012
I want to challenge you, Honorable Members of Congress, to view your calling as servants of the people in light of these words from Isaiah:
If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
It is my fervent prayer that your light will rise in the present darkness that consumes many, at this very moment, in China. Please continue to press for Chen Guangcheng's freedom and the assurance of safety for his family and supporters. Their freedom is not secure yet, and you are in a position to act. I urge you to compel China to honor its word and its own laws.
If you are concerned that such a course is not realistic or pragmatic enough, I humbly ask you to do what is right. It was not economically pragmatic for William Wilberforce to seek an end to the British slave trade. It was not expedient for Martin Luther King to speak out against injustice and then land in a Birmingham jail. Ronald Reagan was not acting with calculated diplomacy when he said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." I can think of many instances in history where men and women sacrificed pragmatism for the sake of higher principle. Somehow they invariably ended up on the right side of history.
I hope that you will stand on the right side of history in confronting the injustices of our time. God will honor your courage.
Finally, though we are sitting here in the halls of power, we can take heart in the fact that our power is weakness when compared to the strength of our God. We can face injustice without fear because we serve a God who is just, hears our prayers, and can overcome any power. Jesus said: "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."
We have long prayed for these injustices in China to cease. We know that God is faithful; the only reason these injustices still happen is that He has chosen to raise up men and women among us to end them. And he is patient with us.
God can, and will, end the injustice of forced abortion and the One-Child Policy. May it be our generation's privilege to carry out the task.
…Your words are so important, media attention is so important, and prayer is so important. As we speak publicly, the Chinese government watches us. The world watches us and acts in response to our conviction.
Please allow me to close in prayer for you:
You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.
You hear the cries of people in China, calling for your justice and mercy. You hear our cries as we, too, plead for your justice to roll down like a mighty river.
I lift up to you these leaders here-these servants of the people. I praise you for raising them up and bringing them here today. I ask that you move their hearts and inspire them to assist the family and friends of our brave brother Chen Guangcheng.
Lord, please protect us all from being indifferent when we see suffering. You say that if a single sparrow falls, you notice. How much more do you notice the plight of your daughters Ma Jihong and Deng Luroung, and the millions of other women oppressed by the One-Child Policy?
Please inspire the men and women here today to use their authority in a way that serves the 'least of these' in the world you created.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.