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The Weepers, China
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“The Weepers” refers to the Word of Life Movement or Born-again Movement under the leadership of Peter Xu Yongze, which is one of the largest “house church” networks of China since the 1980s. It is said that the believers always cried out loud during prayer and even considered it as a sign of salvation. To some extent, “the Weepers” are a counterpart of “the Shouters” as a twin brother of Chinese “house churches.”

Its origin can be traced back to 1982, when Peter Xu Yongze called the first general conference of “house churches” in Henan Province. They also sent the f…

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Liu, Yi, “The Weepers, China”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 29 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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