Reports are coming out of Shanghai that overseas phone calls will soon be blocked. “Government officials in our neighborhood have just announced that we might not be able to make overseas calls,” a BTJ worker reported this morning.
The reports have not been confirmed in the news or through any official channels and the Christians in Shanghai are praying that it will not be made official, but these are the reports that just broke this morning.
“My [family] made a phone call to our [overseas employer] two days ago and yesterday the police came to our house insisting to know what was discussed in the phone call. We had to provide proof of what we discussed.”
“My children were afraid,” the BTJ worker shared during a covert conversation this morning.
“Our neighbors are losing their jobs and cannot pay the rent for their shops, or the salaries for their employees. We are secretly providing food for our neighbors who have run out of things to eat.”
The situation in Shanghai is extremely dire. The government lockdown that started almost two months ago has grown more extreme by the day. No one in Shanghai was prepared for the extended lockdown which was supposed to only be two weeks, but has now dragged on for over a month.
“The government tells us what we can eat and what we cannot eat. Even if we have money to buy food that we need, the government will not allow us to buy it, because everything has to be rationed out.”
Reports continue to come in about the situation in Shanghai.
Please keep our BTJ partners in China in your prayers.