Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Amen! The last days are upon us. Disasters are getting worse, and this evil regime oppresses house churches more and more. - Yes. - Right. This is the darkest moment before dawn, these are portents of the Lord's coming. Amen! Many brothers and sisters have been arrested and sentenced in our county. In such a tense situation, we're all a little afraid and weak, but we believe in the Lord's promise. His day has nearly come! Amen! We must pray in earnest, hold fast till the end, bear victorious witness and await the Lord. Amen! We of the last days will indeed welcome the Lord's return! Amen! Thank the Lord! The police are here! Don't move! Hands on your heads! Get down! Don't move! Chenxi! What law does our faith break? Be still! Don't move! Hands on your head! We haven't broken any laws! Tie them up! Behave! What have we done? Get up! - What about the rule of law? - Head down! You got some nerve coming here to spread your gospel. We'll see about that! You still believe? The gospel! A foreign religion! Pull him up. Talk! Where'd you get the Bible? Dammit! Stop hitting him! Why are you doing this? Yeah! We haven't broken any laws. You all behave! Dammit! Why are you beating him? Why? Because you're believers! That's what I do with believers. What about the law? Don't cause trouble! What are you looking at? That's what we do with you believers. You'd better behave! You want to believe? How dare you believe in a foreign religion! A foreign religion! You still believe? Talk. You still believe? How dare you! You've really got some gall. I'll sort you out today. How dare you believe! You're going to kill him! Stop! What about the law? That's illegal! Our faith isn't a crime. How can you do this? Everybody behave! Why are you doing this? Where's your humanity? You wanna go to prison? You wanna go to prison? - What law does our faith break? - Be good! Get in there. Move! I want to go home. Home? Just wait. Your mom went to borrow money. If she doesn't come back with 200 yuan, you'll have to stay here. Lord Jesus, please have mercy on me and be with me … In 1988 when I was 13 years old, I was detained in a raid on a fellowship gathering in the Xiaowei Village. I endured one day and two nights in a dark little room, filled with fear. Back then, people were always getting arrested, paraded in the streets, and sentenced to hard labor for gathering together and sharing the gospel. I didn't understand. We wanted to be good people and take the right path, so why was the government persecuting us? Why did the Communist Party hate us so much for our beliefs? Those were the questions in my young and tender heart. Excuse me, coming through. Excuse me. Coming through. Careful there. It was so crowded, I could hardly get through. Still gazing out? We're almost home. Patience, there's still a way to go. We're nearly there! She can't wait. This is Chenxi's first big trip. She's definitely been homesick. Of course. It's been almost two months! - Yeah. - Yes. Time flies. Do you think this counts as a triumphant return? - Definitely. - Of course. Yeah. That's right. We've learned so much. Everyone's going to be overjoyed to hear this news. For sure. Mom, Dad. Chenhui! You're back! Where are Mom and Dad? Getting ready for a gathering. What've you got in there? You'll know soon enough. You certainly look pleased. Mom, I'm back. Mom. You must be frozen! No. How about the Northeast? It was freezing! Chenxi, it's great to see you. Hi Xinyue! You've learned a lot from all those sermons, right? I've brought some good news back for everyone. - Good news? - What is it? Come on, over here! - C'mon, c'mon. - What did you bring us? Oh, that girl. You're so excited, what is it? Yeah, tell us. What? Look! The Words of the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit has spoken! - The Holy Spirit has spoken! - Here, let's read it. - Everyone have a seat. - Sit down. In 1991, we heard the Holy Spirit's words in a house church. Everyone was overjoyed and couldn't wait to share the news. A chapter of the Holy Spirit's words came out every day or so in a steady stream. God's words revealed many truths about faith in Him and mysteries of the Bible, and gave us the path for practicing the truth and entering into life. Reading God's words every day felt so nourishing. We were all constantly immersed in a state of joy. However, six months later, the Communist Party's persecution found us once more. My parents and my brother were all arrested. Where'd these books come from? Where were they printed? No one's talking, huh? What about you? I don't know. You organize the gatherings, right? Tell me where those books came from. I don't know. Dad! - Don't hit him! - Why are you hitting my dad? Stop, he's not well. Stop hitting him! Dad! Stop it! Don't move! He's not well, stop it! Stop hitting him! Dad! … Stop hitting him! Don't hit him? Alright then. A 600 yuan fine? The police took our tape recorder as collateral. They told me to go borrow money for the fine. What lowlifes! Where can we borrow that much money? You can leave now. We've got to keep arresting and fining those believers. We still need to look into the issue of these books. Yes, sir. Dad. Dad, have some egg soup. Chenxi, your things are packed. The police have been investigating the source of the books. Stay at Xinyue's place for the next few days, then come back when this has blown over. Be careful on your way there. What on earth? What are you doing? - Mom! Mom! - Behave! - What is this? - Don't move! Stay still! Where'd you get these books? Where were they printed? Tell us! Captain. Sit! Li Chenxi, you've got some guts for someone so young. You had some nerve sending out these Christian books. Did you know that our government has been cracking down hard on house churches? You people dare print religious materials in secret and distribute them? Do you know what kind of crime that is? You're disseminating cult literature and cult propaganda, trying to overthrow our national government. You could get 10 to 20 years for that alone. Tell us what you know. Where did these books come from? Confess! If you don't confess, you'll be in even more trouble. My faith is not a crime. I have nothing to confess. You're a hard nut to crack. You really drank the Kool-Aid, hm? Talk! You're just 17. We'd hate to see you given hard labor. As long as you tell us everything you know, we'll send you right back home. How about it? As believers, we try to be good people on the right path and we read God's words. Why won't the government just let us be? Why do you persecute us? You silly little girl. What do you know? In China, anything the Communist Party opposes is illegal. Got it? You won't believe in the Party, but insist on believing in your God, spreading your gospel everywhere. More people believe in God and fewer follow the Party. We have to stop you, wipe you all out. That's the Party's policy, its law. Clear on that? Talk! Fess up! You'll be sorry if you don't! You, you, come with me. Move it! Come on! Get in there! Hurry up! Dad! Chenxi! Chenxi! Get back here. If you still don't want to talk, we'll get your dad to talk. Dad! You stay here. This has nothing to do with my dad. Why are you beating him? Nothing to do with him? Tell us! Where'd your daughter get those books? Where were they printed? Dammit! Dad! Stop hitting him! Dad! … Can you take it? You shit! Step aside. Dad! … Tell us! Dad! Will you talk or what? Talk! Tell us! Here, stop crying. Don't cry. The Communist Party is awful. This little girl just believes in God. She's done nothing wrong but they beat her dad right in front of her. How could they do that?