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Amanda Casanova

Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world

Francis Myles, pastor of the Lovefest Church in Arizona, says he had a vision that the “demonic world” has a strategy to make President Donald Trump a “scapegoat for every bloodshed that happens in America until 2020.”

According to the Christian Post, Myles told “The Jim Bakker Show” that God told him that the “demonic world” has made a sacrifice to stop Trump from winning the 2020 Presidential Election.

“I had a vision that shook me, pastor Jim, to the core of my being,” Myles said. “I had this vision before the mass shootings, it was about maybe seven days ago. I was in prayer in my house and spending time with the Lord when all of a sudden, I had a clear cut, open vision.”

He said in his vision he saw a bloody, innocent goat, and God told him that the vision was about the “battle for 2020.”

“The Lord said to me, this strategy that the enemy is about to use against Trump to stop him from having another four years is a double-edged strategy. This time it’s coming from the underworld and the political establishment,” he said.

“A sacrifice has been made in the demonic world and the new strategy is going to be to make Donald Trump bloody, the bloodiest president in American history,” he added. “They are going to make him the scapegoat for every bloodshed that happens in America until 2020.”

Myles said the goat represents Trump.

“The goat is bloody, but it’s not his blood,” Myles said. “It has been put on him by those who want to make the goat look guilty for things the goat did not do. The innocence you see in the eyes is the innocence of this man. His desire is to serve his country. He is a patriot at the very [core] of his being. He loves America,” the pastor continued.

Myles asked supporters of Trump to pray for the president. He also added that God told him Trump would win reelection with “divine restraining orders.”

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After being detained for eight months, an elder at the Early Rain Covenant Church in China was released from prison this week.

According to the Pray for Early Rain Covenant Church Facebook page, Li Yingqiang was arrested with 160 other church members – including the church’s pastor Wang Yi – some eight months ago. The government had raided the Early Rain Covenant house church near the end of 2018, but it wasn’t until Sunday that Li was let out on bail and reunited with his family, the Christian Post reports.

“Yesterday, Elder Li Yingqiang was released from jail after eight months in criminal detention. He was sent back to his hometown, where he was reunited with his wife and children,” the Facebook post read.

Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong were also arrested in a December 11 raid – just days before Li would be imprisoned. 

Jiang was released on bail after being held for six months, but Wang’s whereabouts are still unknown, Asia News reports.

The Chinese government's raid on the church is just one incident among many following 2018 legislation that placed stricter regulations on religious freedom.

This was particularly damaging for Early Rain members as, according to BBC, the church members worship very openly and publicly. 

Pastor Wang has also publicly criticized the Chinese government's interference in religion, the Christian Post reports. 

According to the South China Morning Post, just before his arrest last December, Li asserted that the church would continue to gather for worship despite the government raids and arrests. 

“Even if we are down to our last five, worship and gatherings will still go on because our faith is real," Li was quoted as saying according to the South China Morning Post. 

“Persecution,” he continued, “is a price worth paying for the Lord. We would rather live through it than to hide our faith and we hope more Chinese churches will speak up and stand with us.”


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A pastor in India reportedly miraculously survived after being beaten nearly to death by a Hindu communist group.

According to Faithwire, Pastor Tilak was captured by a group of Naxalites and “mercilessly beaten.”

The group asked him:” Will you leave your Christian faith or not?”

“I cannot leave my faith … No,” Tilak said.

The group bound his arms and legs together and continued to beat him with a large stick. They then forced Tilak to crawl up a mountain path of rocks and thorns.

When they thought he was dead, the men threw Tilak’s body in a ditch.

They then went to the homes of other Christians, saying “See, as your Jesus was beaten and killed, so have we killed your pastor now. His body is in a ditch in the forest. Find him and bury him.”

A group of Christian families found his body and brought him back to the village. Tilak then allegedly opened his eyes.

“When his persecutors heard the news, they rushed to the house to see it for themselves,” Open Doors USA reported. “Hindu villagers, the same ones who had urged the Naxalites to silence this man, were shocked. They were the ones who had complained that he was polluting the minds of their neighbors with his gospel, confident that the Naxalites would make quick work of him.”

When Tilak recovered, the Naxalites took him to a forest and told him to leave the area.

“I left the village with my family at once, as I had suffered extreme torture a year ago. I didn’t want the same for my family,” he said.

Tilak and his family were welcomed into their new community and today, share a hut with another family.

“It’s been a few years, but we are still very much traumatized,” he said. “We did not have courage to talk with anyone in the new village or share the gospel. However, when we attended the Persecution Preparedness Seminar, we experienced change in our hearts and minds. We are, however, still in the process of healing.”

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