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Netizens Offer Prayers for Victims of the Jilin Fire

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Earlier this month there was a deadly fire at a food processing plant that killed more than 100 workers. The article below, translated from The Gospel Times is about a call for prayer for the victims.

On June 3, at 6:30 PM a fire broke out at the Yuan Feng Poultry plant in Mishazi Town of Dehui City. As of 12:35 PM June 4th, the death toll is 119.

After the fire, the Gospel Times immediately sent out an appeal for Christians to pray for the victims and their families, that God will comfort their hurting hearts. Some readers responded to this appeal by hoping that people will have a deeper respect for life.

On the morning of June 4, when the famous Christian artist Wang Lihong heard the news, he also sent out an appeal for prayer, saying, We are all praying for the victims of the fire in Jilin. When I saw the news I was very sad. Whatever the workplace, safety must always be paramount.

Netizens all over the country were offering hearth-felt prayers. From the wording, it is obvious that many of these are Christians.

A netizen from Jilin quoted the Bible, saying, For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (Matt 16:26) This reminds us that we need to cherish life.

A netizen from Shenzhen wrote, My heart aches for the 119 victims of the fire. I pray for their souls, that the Lord will receive them.

Original article: 吉林大火百人殇 各地网友共祈祷

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