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 June 26, 2012 11:28 PM

Yang Rongli

Location: China
Arrested: November 2009

On Nov. 25, 2009, Pastor Yang Rongli and four other Linfen-Fushan church leaders from Shanxi Province were sentenced to criminal detention for two to seven years, according to China Aid Association. The five church leaders were accused of "gathering people to disturb the public order," because they organized a prayer rally on Sept. 14, the day after 400 military police raided the church's grounds. During the raid, more than 30 believers were seriously wounded and 17 buildings were destroyed.

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 May 03, 2012 6:04 PM

China Plans to Eradicate House Churches
Recent information reveals that China’s government has already begun a three-phase campaign to be carried out over 10 years to eradicate Protestant house churches that fail to affiliate with the official church.
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 April 03, 2012 3:59 AM

Update on Yang Xuan

Pastor Yang Xuan remains in prison. He was one of five leaders of the Linfen house church network in Linfen, China arrested in November 2009. His wife, Yang Caizhen, was released early from her two year sentence one year ago. Pray for Pastor Xuan and his family.

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 March 24, 2012 5:04 AM

North Korean Defectors Repatriated
A group of 41 North Korean who had been arrested in China became the latest refugees to be repatriated. Their repatriation took place amidst concerns about the severity of the punishments likely to be meted out by the North Korean authorities.
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 March 21, 2012 12:13 PM

Shouwang Church Attempts to Move Indoors But is Blocked Again by Government

 

Beijing’s beleaguered Shouwang Church started the New Year prepared to end its 38 weeks of holding Sunday worship services outdoors and attempted to lease a new meeting site at three different places. But the landlords all came under government pressure and refused to let Shouwang meet on their premises. So the 1000-member church continues to be forced to hold its worship services outdoors. Anyone who shows up at the outdoor worship site is rounded up by police and held for up to 24-48 hours before being released. Meanwhile, the church’s clergy and lay leaders have been confined under house arrest since April 2011. 

Photo shows two Shouwang Church members waiting for detainees to be released from a police station.

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 March 21, 2012 12:11 PM


ChinaAid Releases its 2011 Annual Persecution Report

In its annual report, ChinaAid showed that Chinese government persecution of Christians and churches had dramatically worsened in 2011. “This trend of worsening persecution has persisted for the past six years,” the group said, adding that in 2011 the number of Christians detained for their religious beliefs had soared 131.8% from 2010.

A new government practice last year was targeting churches and individuals who were significantly impacting society, like Beijing’s Shouwang Church and leading legal activists such as constitutional law expert Dr. Fan Yafeng, who has been under house arrest since December 2010, and award-winning human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who disappeared into official custody for 20 months before being sent to a remote prison in far western China in December 2011 to serve a three-year sentence.

The report also highlighted the worrying increase in the use of torture against detainees, citing a 33.3% increase over 2010 in the number of cases of abuse of all kinds, including torture.

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 March 21, 2012 2:41 AM


NEWS UPDATES

On Feb. 1, the Dutch government gave its 2011 Human Rights Defenders Tulip Award to Chinese human rights lawyer Ni Yulan (left) in absentia because the woman lawyer is in a Chinese prison awaiting trial and her daughter was barred by the Chinese government from traveling to Holland to accept the award on her mother’s behalf. Ni, a Christian, was nominated for the award by ChinaAid and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

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 January 25, 2012 5:18 AM

Authorities in China Continue to Deny Facility to Shouwang Church: Authorities in China again thwarted efforts by Shouwang Church to lease a worship facility at the year’s end. Lacking a facility, the Beijing congregation was forced again to meet outdoors on Sunday Jan.1st which resulted in the arrest of 48 members. The church has tried three different times to rent venues for their church, but each time their rental agreements are revoked due to pressure from the authorities. Read more>> 

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 January 10, 2012 5:35 AM


Gao Zhisheng

Location: China
Arrested: February 2009

Since 2005, Gao has been repeatedly arrested, imprisoned and severely tortured by Chinese authorities, mostly for his human rights work. In 2006, he and a group of prominent human rights lawyers created the Association of Human Rights Attorneys for Chinese Christians. That same year, Gao was sentenced to five years of probation for inciting "subversion of the state." After serving three years in prison, Gao was supposedly released on probation but he disappeared for extended periods of time.

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 October 01, 2011 3:49 PM


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 August 04, 2011 6:02 PM

China House Church Alliance Leader Sentenced to Labor Camp
Authorities this week sentenced Shi Enhao, deputy leader of the Chinese House Church Alliance, to two years of "re-education through labor" a sentence that requires no trial or conviction.
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 July 01, 2011 4:48 AM

Shouwang Church Crackdown: Beijing’s Shouwang church began meeting outdoors in April after authorities prevented its landlord from renewing its lease. Officials have now detained congregants and held church leaders under house arrest for twelve straight weeks. Police had members of the Three Self Protestant Movement (TSPM), the government-sanctioned church organization, “admonish” the detainees and tell them to leave Shouwang and join a TSPM church. Some church members and their supporters have petitioned the government to support true religious freedom and allow them to meet. Read more>>

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 May 11, 2011 4:42 AM


Location: China
Arrested: November 2009

On Nov. 25, 2009, Yang Caizhen and four other Linfen-Fushan church leaders from Shanxi Province were sentenced to criminal detention for two to seven years, according to China Aid Association. The five church leaders were accused of "gathering people to disturb the public order," because they organized a prayer rally on Sept. 14, the day after 400 military police raided the church's grounds. During the raid, more than 30 believers were seriously wounded and 17 buildings were destroyed.

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 April 28, 2011 6:22 AM

Chinese Police Prevent Easter House Church Worship
While millions of Christians around the world joyously celebrated Christ's resurrection this past Sunday, believers in one of China's largest house churches in Beijing faced another wave of government persecution.
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 March 11, 2011 7:34 AM


 

Double Miracle for Iranian Secret Believer

Christmas Time Was Harvest Time for China

Like many other house churches across China, the members of Kao's fellowship were determined to make the most of the opportunities to share the good news of Jesus this past Christmas season. "We found out that it was possible...

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 February 19, 2011 1:40 AM

Yang Caizhen, who was arrested with four other Linfen-Fushan church members in November 2009, is currently in the hospital. Prison officials told Yang Caizhen's family to visit her there. This is the second time she has been in the hospital since she was arrested. The first time, her family was not informed, so this time they think her condition is more serious. Yang Caizhen is due to be released in July or August, but her family hopes she can be released early on medical parole.

Her daughter also said the prison recently changed its visitor policy. Previously, almost anyone could visit Yang Caizhen. Now, only close family members may visit.

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 February 17, 2011 3:03 PM

On Feb 9, Chinese Christian bookstore owner Shi Weihan was released from prison. Our prayers have been answered. Praise God!
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 December 08, 2010 4:18 AM

Most Chinese believers belong to unregistered house churches and are liable to fines, arrest, torture, labor camps, and in some cases, even death...
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 May 05, 2010 7:57 PM

Update Prayer Report-
Authorities in Xinjiang Province recently moved Uyghur Christian Alimjan Yimit from a prison in Kashgar to a prison in the provincial capital Urumqi, and allowed the first visit from family members since his arrest in January 2008, according to Compass sources. Praise God!

Alimjan pastored a Uyghur ethnic house church in Xinjiang prior to his arrest in January 2008. While the initial charges against Alimjan were both “instigating separatism” and “leaking state secrets” to foreign organizations, his actual offense was talking to visiting Christians from the United States. The Kashgar Intermediate Court found Alimjan guilty of “leaking state secrets” on Oct. 27, 2009 and gave him a 15-year sentence. Alimjan was noticeably thinner but in good spirits, the family reported. Officials have now granted Alimjan’s wife Gulnur and other close family members permission to visit him once a month.

Father, we thank and praise You for the visits that Alimjan can have from his family. We know that You are sustaining him during his time in prison, and we ask that You would continue to strengthen his faith daily. We also ask that You give the lawyers wisdom as they work to reduce Alimjan’s sentence. May You be glorified in his situation, and may he and his family trust You through it. 

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 April 21, 2010 5:40 AM

Update on Alimujiang Yimiti

On March 16, The People's High Court of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region rejected an appeal from Uyghur house-church leader Alimujiang Yimiti, according to ChinaAid Association. In October 2009, Alimujiang was sentenced to 15 years in prison for "providing state secrets to overseas organizations." Please send a letter of encouragement to Alimujiang, letting him know you are praying for him. Also pray for his persecutors. Tell your friends about Christians suffering in China, and encourage them to pray for and write to Alimujiang. Your letters can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write to Alimujiang and encourage our Chinese brother.




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 April 07, 2010 9:02 PM

Bob Fu Speaks with Gao Zhisheng by Phone,
Faith Strengthened

Yesterday morning, on April 6, 2010, ChinaAid President Bob Fu spoke with Gao Zhisheng over the phone. This was the first direct contact Bob has had with Gao Zhisheng since he last spoke with him by phone last January, as Bob was rescuing Gao's wife and children in Thailand. The conversation brought hope and light for the two men, after more than 400 days of uncertainty and doubt.

Gao told Bob he had spoken with his daughter Gege in New York earlier this morning. "She told me she felt like God was silent, that He had not heard her prayers," Gao shared openly, deeply pained by his daughter's anguish over their prolonged separation. He expressed concern for his family's safety and well-being, and his desire to be reunited with his family.

Gao thanked Bob Fu personally for ChinaAid's role in pressing the FreeGao campaign internationally on his behalf for so long, and for aiding his family in their escape from China.

He informed Bob that he had just returned to his Beijing apartment from his guarded location in Shanxi. Abandoned for more than a year, Gao was saddened by the thick layer of dust covering the apartment and the emptiness of the rooms.

Using the words of Psalm 23, Pastor Bob Fu prayed for Gao Zhisheng and his family, reminding him of God's faithfulness and love.

Gao further reported he had just recovered from a racking cough for more than a month, but was not able to give any further details about his physical condition. According to Pastor Fu, Gao was deeply concerned about the condition of his family in New York, but has remained strong in his faith.

"Gao Zhisheng and his family have suffered deeply from the long separation," said Pastor Fu. "Despite the persecution, he continues to trust the Lord."

Pastor Fu was moved by Gao's need to be with his family. "By allowing us to speak with Gao Zhisheng, the Chinese government has shown they have been forced to respond to the international outrage and pressure on Gao Zhisheng's behalf.

"Yet, Gao is still not able to speak or move freely. According to international norms and Chinese law, he has the right to travel overseas to reunite with his family and to be free, if he is not found in violation of laws during his probation."

"We must call on the Chinese government to release Gao Zhisheng and permit him to reunite with his family in the United States. It is his legal and basic human right to be united with his loved ones."

Gao ZhishengThanks to the 134,446 people who signed the petition, the 13,663 people who sent letters to their local representatives, the 2,767 people who contacted U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the hundreds of thousands around the world who donated their financial support, prayers, and advocacy efforts to Free Gao Zhisheng for the past 400 days - the first phase of the Free Gao campaign is a success!

However, Gao Zhisheng is still not free. His treatment and condition for the past year remains a mystery.

ChinaAid will continue to campaign for Gao Zhisheng's freedom until he is able to reunite with his family. In the coming weeks, we will be revising the FreeGao.com website, and exploring new avenues of advocacy on Gao's behalf.

Thank you for your continued support! Watch for upcoming details on how to continue to help Free Gao Zhisheng.

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 March 30, 2010 12:18 AM

ChinaAid
March 29, 2010

Gao ZhishengSHANXI -- On Sunday, March 28, 2010, missing human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng spoke to his wife and children for the first time in over a year - confirming he is still alive! False rumors of his death, torture, and escape from the custody of the Chinese Government have shrouded Gao's absence with mystery for over a year. Gao's brief phone conversations with western media mark the first official contact the public has had with him since his abduction by police on February 4, 2009.

Yesterday, Gao informed reporters that he had been released from detention six months ago, and had taken up residence at Wutai Shan mountain, a Buddhist landmark in northern Shanxi province. He refused to give details on his condition or whereabouts, saying he could not legally give interviews.

Close friend and fellow human rights lawyer Li Heping confirmed he had also spoken with Gao on Sunday. Gao told him he had "friends around him" - indicating he was being held under close surveillance by Chinese authorities.

Gao's wife Geng He and their children were overwhelmed with emotion as they spoke with Gao on Sunday morning. The children could not stop crying. In a statement released on Monday morning, Geng He appealed to the Chinese government to allow Gao Zhisheng to join the family in New York. Gao's family has suffered greatly in his absence. Geng He's parents have been severely harassed in recent months, for which Gao feels guilty.

He told the Associated Press, "I just want to be in peace and quiet for a while and be reunited with my family. Most people belong with family. I have not been with mine for a long time. This is a mistake and I want to correct this mistake."

While on his campaign in Europe to promote awareness of Gao's cause, ChinaAid President Bob Fu attributed the breakthrough to increased international pressure. "Thanks to the more than 124,000 supporters in over 180 countries around the world who have signed the petition to Free Gao, the Chinese Government has been forced to respond and to allow Gao Zhisheng to reconnect with his loved ones."

ChinaAid thanks you for your continued support and urges you to continue to take action. From Argentina to Zimbabwe, you, the international community have answered the call. And this is just the beginning.

Gao is not free yet. His movements are still being watched and monitored. He is not free to speak publicly or without surveillance. We must continue to press the Chinese government to free Gao Zhisheng, to uncensor his movements, and to allow him to reunite with his family.

Take Action:

  1. Encourage more to Sign the Petition. Every voice counts, and every voice will be heard!
  2. Call on your local representatives to take official action on behalf of Gao Zhisheng.
  3. Urge U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to hold the Chinese government to the international covenants on human rights.

Thanks to you, the world has now regained contact with Mr. Gao Zhisheng. Because of you, Gao was able to reconnect with his family. With your continued support, we can make their dream of reunion a reality!

For more ways to get involved, visit www.FreeGao.com.

 

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 February 04, 2010 5:49 AM

MISSING BY FORCE FOR OVER ONE YEAR
WHERE IS GAO ZHISHENG?

February 4th - 365 Days of Torture

Last year, Gao Zhisheng was a world-renowned Chinese Christian attorney, a champion of human rights and equality before the law.

Last year, Gao Zhisheng was a Nobel Peace Prize 2008 nominee, a hero of the Chinese people.

Last year, Gao Zhisheng fought for freedom for religious minorities, risking everything to defend the persecuted.

Last year, Gao Zhisheng shared the truth of his torture at the hands of the Chinese government.

Last year, Gao Zhisheng could see, hear, and touch his family, loving them with faith and courage.

Then last year, on February 4th, 2009, everything changed.

Today, Gao Zhisheng is denied the basic human rights he fought for every day on behalf of his fellow countrymen.

Today, Gao Zhisheng is hidden from the world by the Chinese government, masked by a shroud of secrecy and doubt.

Today, Gao's wife and children face devastating separation, suffering from the pain of loss and uncertainty.

Today, Gao suffers silent torture, never knowing if he will see his loved ones again.

Today, is the day to make the truth known.

Today, on February 4, 2010, we refuse to let Gao Zhisheng be forgotten, and we challenge the Chinese government to answer our cry: "Where is Gao Zhisheng?"


Gao ZhishengOn the one year anniversary of Gao's forced disappearance, ChinaAid calls again on the international community to raise their voices to Free Gao Zhisheng.

To increase awareness, we have launched the Free Gao 24-hour Ad campaign. Visit www.DrudgeReport.com today to see the ads and tell others about the campaign. We give special thanks to those who have generously donated to help support this new ad-campaign, which will reach more than 2 million new viewers in the United States and around the world.

If you have not yet made a contribution and would like to get involved, please consider donating to help Free Gao today. We thank you for making our campaign efforts possible. Donate

New Steps to Action:

ChinaAid thanks the more than 126,200 people who have signed the petition, the thousands of supporters who sent 469,500 e-mail inquiries to Chinese businesses and government offices, the 11,202 individuals who contacted their U.S. Representatives, and the countless others who faxed and called the Chinese Embassy for Gao's release in 2009.

In the coming months, we will be taking Free Gao campaign to the next level, calling on the United Nations and the European Union to defend human rights in China, and intercede on behalf of Gao Zhisheng.

Visit www.FreeGao.com to Sign the Petition, Contact your leaders, and discover new ways to get involved today.

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 January 07, 2010 8:51 AM

Update on Alimujiang Yimiti

Alimujiang Yimiti, a Chinese house church leader, has already been in prison for more than two years. On Nov. 7, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for "providing state secrets to overseas organizations," according to China Aid Association. Neither his lawyers nor his family expected such a harsh sentence. Please send Yimiti a letter of encouragement to let him know you are praying for him. Tell your friends about Christians who are suffering in China, and encourage them to pray for and write to Yimiti.
Your letters make a difference; they can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write to Yimiti and let him know you are praying.



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 January 01, 2010 10:00 PM

PRAISE FOR THE RELEASE OF UYGHUR CHURCH LEADER IN CHINA: House church leader Osman Imin was freed on November 18, after serving two years in a labor camp for alleged “illegal proselytizing” and “leaking state secrets.” Authorities had called for a 10-15 year prison sentence for Osman, but significantly reduced the term following international media attention. Almost 1,800 Open Doors supporters sent messages to Chinese Ambassador Zhou Whenzong on behalf of Osman earlier this year. Full Story>>

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 December 11, 2009 5:51 PM

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 December 09, 2009 10:28 PM

DAY 308: GAO ZHISHENG TORTURED, FAMILY REPRESSED!

ChinaAid recently received another report from inside sources in China that Gao Zhisheng has been severely beaten by authorities. The report stated his current living condition is worse than death and that Gao is crying daily in pain and desperation.

The Chinese government has responded to the increased worldwide pressure for Gao Zhisheng's release by cutting off communication with two of Gao's siblings living in China and placing them under police surveillance.

In a November 26th interview with Radio Free Asia, Gao's brother, Gao Zhiyi, stated, "For every question, there are three unknowns. No one knows anything. They won't talk to us and they won't meet with us... Even if Gao Zhisheng had committed a terrible crime, his family would still have the right to know what had happened to him!"

On Saturday, December 5th, Gao's older brother (Zhiyi) and sister lost all communication contact when their phone lines were disabled, following the release of the RFA interview.

Now more than ever, Gao Zhisheng needs our help!

In a recent visit to Washington, D.C., ChinaAid met with several leading congressmen who have been moved by their constituents (those like you) telling Gao's story - and they have proposed a Congressional Resolution on Gao Zhisheng's behalf. Our American leaders have begun to listen, and with more voices, we can make that resolution a reality!

So far, 5,284 people have contacted their local U.S. Representative to speak out on behalf of Gao Zhisheng. Continue to add your voice! We have to keep the momentum going on behalf of this innocent man who himself was a defender of the persecuted.

Please take action now.

1) Encourage others to Sign the Petition to Free Gao Zhisheng. You can forward this email to all your friends.

2) Email your U.S. Representative. Even if you have already done this, you can do it again with the updated information. Encourage your friends to do likewise. Learn more about contacting your U.S. Representative

3) Join ChinaAid in fighting for prisoners of conscience like Gao Zhisheng throughout China with your financial support. Make a monthly or one time contribution now.

We thank you for your support of ChinaAid, and urge you to continue spreading the word. Gao's story is gathering force in Washington, DC. With your help, our leaders will know that we concerned American citizens will not rest until Gao Zhisheng and his family are free to enjoy their fundamental human rights.

For more ways to take action, visit www.FreeGao.com.

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 December 09, 2009 10:23 PM

More Chinese House Church Pastors and Leaders Sentenced

Five Chinese pastors, arrested as they were en route to file a complaint over the demolition of their church building, have been sentenced to prison terms of three to seven years. House church leader Yang Rongli was sent to prison for seven years, for "illegally occupying farming land" and "disturbing transportation order by gathering masses".  She and four other pastors from the Linfen Church were sentenced on Nov. 25 at the People's Court of Raodu district, Shanxi Province.

In a further case the following week, five more church leaders from Linfen Church were each sentenced to two years in re-education through labor camps.  They were accused of 'gathering people to disturb the public order', referring to their organization of a prayer rally held the day after their church was demolished.  In the attack over 400 military police destroyed 17 church buildings and over 30 believers were seriously wounded.
 

Father, we ask that You grant favor to these faithful servants in China while they serve out their prison terms. Protect their families and provide for them during this difficult time.  As they begin their sentences, give them courage and build their faith.  Help them be a bold witness to Your saving grace. And may what was intended to thwart Your work in China instead lead to revival.

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 December 09, 2009 10:17 PM

December 9, 2009

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Alimjan Yimit Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Chinese authorities have quietly sentenced Uyghur Christian Alimjan Yimit to 15 years in prison on the apparently contrived charge of “providing state secrets to overseas organizations,” according to China Aid Association (CAA).  The charge against the 36-year-old house church leader, held for more than two years at Kashgar Detention Center, was based on innocuous interviews he granted to media outside of China, according to his lawyer, Li Dunyong.

“The 15-year sentence is far more severe than I originally expected,” Li said in a CAA press statement. “The whole world should be appalled at this injustice against innocent Christian leader Alimujiang,” said CAA President Bob Fu.

More Chinese House Church Pastors and Leaders Sentenced

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 November 30, 2009 4:28 AM

CHINA RELEASES UYGHUR CHURCH LEADER FROM PRISON:  House church leader Osman Imin was freed on November 18, after serving two years in a labor camp for alleged “illegal proselytizing” and “leaking state secrets,” according to Compass sources. Authorities had called for a 10-15 year prison sentence for Osman but significantly reduced the term following international media attention. Almost 1,800 Open Doors supporters sent messages to Chinese Ambassador Zhou Whenzong on behalf of Osman earlier this year. Open Doors is so thankful to the Lord for Osman's release.  Please remember to pray for another Uyghur Christian, Alimjan Yimit who remains in prison.  Full Story>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 23, 2009 7:20 PM

China's 'Conscience' Missing in Action
Top Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng vanishes as government stifles dissent.
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 September 17, 2009 7:59 PM

UPDATE ON DAY 225: Gao Zhisheng Alive, Condition and Whereabouts Still Unknown

Since mid-July, the petition for Gao Zhisheng has recorded over 110,000 signatures, calling for his release from the custody of the Chinese government. According to a contact, Press Secretary Baodong from the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC recently asserted that Gao Zhisheng was officially held on charges for attacking the Chinese government, and was released on parole in August. Inside resources with ChinaAid can confirm that Gao is alive, but his condition and whereabouts are still unknown.

We thank all FreeGao supporters for your concerns and contributions, and ask that you continue to raise awareness of Gao's case until he is freed, with his full rights as a Chinese citizen lawfully restored. While the Chinese government has verbally decided to acknowledge the case, there can be no resolution with his absence and unknown condition still weighing on the minds and hearts of his supporters.

Thanks to your help, ChinaAid has persisted in meeting and working with concerned officials from governments of the free world, presenting the petition signatures as a sign of international support - and Gao Zhisheng's case has not been forgotten.

On September 8, 2009, eleven Members of the US House of Representatives issued a letter to President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China, requesting him to uphold rule of law in China, according to the Chinese Constitution and their international agreements. The bipartisan letter specifically addresses the prolonged absence of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

View the Congressional Letter to President Hu Jintao, 9/8/2009, at www.ChinaAid.org.

Please continue to share the petition drive with your friends. Encourage them to learn about Gao's story and to take action at www.FreeGao.com

Gao's story of persecution is only one of many. But it is also a key story in exposing the truth behind China's Communist regime and its abuse of human rights. Your signature and compassion makes a difference. Take Action.

By taking action, you have joined an international community concerned about preserving human dignity and basic human rights for China and the world. The Free Gao Campaign will continue gathering petition signatures and presenting them to authorities, and will not relent until Gao's whereabouts and safety are known. Please continue to "speak out" within your sphere of influence and in prayer, until Gao Zhisheng's freedom becomes reality!

To see the latest information, latest signature totals on the petition, photos and more, go to www.FreeGao.com.

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 July 28, 2009 5:53 AM

Shi Weihan

Location: China
Arrested: November 2007

On June 10, a Chinese court sentenced Christian bookstore owner, Shi Weihan, 38, to three years in prison for "illegal business operations," and imposed a US$21,975 fine, according to China Aid Association. Shi Weihan operated a legal bookstore and only sold books with the government's approval. His Holy Spirit Trading Company printed Bibles and Christian literature and distributed them freely to local house churches. Weihan was arrested in November 2007 for printing and distributing Bibles and other Christian literature.

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 July 24, 2009 10:03 AM

ChinaAid & VOM

 

DAY 168: Gao Zhisheng Petition Delivered; Chinese Embassy Says "Take it away!"

Bob Fu with 100000 signature books submitted to CECC and Prof James FeinermanBecause of your efforts, on July 9 and 10, ChinaAid was able to deliver the petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), the U.S. State Department and the Chinese Embassy.

American attorney David E. Taylor, a ChinaAid volunteer, delivered the petition for Gao's release to the Chinese Embassy. However, when the embassy staff saw the petition was from ChinaAid for Gao Zhisheng, she said, "I'm sorry, Sir, I'm sorry! Take it away!"

Taylor left the petition at the front door of the embassy, stating that: "The Chinese Embassy was legally served with the petition even though they tried to avoid it."
Read full statement from Attorney Taylor regarding the petition delivery.

The Chinese government simply wants us to give up. They refuse to comment on Gao Zhisheng's whereabouts or well-being. But, we will not give up. With your help, ChinaAid will continue to travel to Washington and meet with concerned U.S. government officials and continue to gather signatures from around the world for the petition to free Gao.

Please continue to share the petition drive with your friends. Encourage them to learn about Gao's story and to take action at www.FreeGao.com.

Please also continue to financially support this critical effort. Gao's story of persecution is only one of many. But it is also a key story in exposing the truth behind China's Communist regime and its abuse of human rights.

Make a donation.

As a result of the petition, several Congressional leaders have agreed to send a letter to Chinese Ambassador Zhou regarding Gao Zhisheng's current whereabouts and condition. It has become clear that the efforts on behalf of Gao Zhisheng are not only important for Gao, but, also, for all human rights attorneys in China.

Your prayers, financial contributions, e-mails and phone calls to Chinese government officials and sharing this campaign with family and friends are sending a cry for justice and freedom that is having impact in China and in America. We will continue to grow the petition and will not give up until Gao's whereabouts and safety are known. Please continue to "speak out" within your sphere of influence and, especially, in prayer, until Gao Zhisheng's freedom becomes reality!

To see the latest information, make an online donation, view the latest signature totals on the petition, and see photos, go to www.FreeGao.com.

» Go to www.FreeGao.com now.

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 July 07, 2009 8:48 PM

100,000 Signatures Urgently Needed

Gao ZhishengKidnapped Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng has been missing 153 days, and with each day that passes, his life hangs in the balance. The petition asking for Gao's release is now very close to 100,000 signatures, and we need your help to reach this goal quickly.

ChinaAid President Bob Fu has been invited to speak at a Congressional-Executive Commission on China roundtable on July 10 where he will present about Gao Zhisheng's case. Please help make a greater impact for Gao Zhisheng's freedom by helping us to reach 100,000 signatures so that the petition can be presented at this important meeting. This is a great opportunity to have a voice before U.S. lawmakers and the media on behalf of Gao, and to pressure the Chinese government to immediately reveal Gao's whereabouts and condition.

Please encourage family and friends to sign the petition today at www.FreeGao.com, and be a part of this movement for freedom and justice on behalf of Gao Zhisheng. Thank you for your partnership to free Gao Zhisheng and to expose, to the world, the truth regarding his case. We are committed to pressure the Chinese government until justice is brought to victory.

» Go to www.FreeGao.com now to sign the online petition.


Thank you for your continued support. Your financial support enables a sustained cry for freedom for Gao Zhisheng and many others persecuted in China.

Submit your secure online donation to help the persecuted in China.

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 June 25, 2009 12:53 PM

SHI WEIHAN CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Open Doors launched a campaign for Christian bookstore owner, Shi Weihan during the summer of 2008 and a follow-up campaign in early March. Our supporters sent about 2,700 emails and faxes to Chinese Ambassador Zhou Whenzong, requesting that the Chinese authorities give Shi a fair trial and that he be released. On June 10th 2009, Shi was found guilty of “illegal business operation” by a Beijing court and sentenced to three years in prison and a 150,000 yuan ($21,975 USD) fine.  Full Story>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 June 12, 2009 7:34 PM

DAY 128: Chinese Ambassador Covers Up Kidnapping of Gao Zhisheng

Gao ZhishengWith the increased pressure from people of justice around the world requiring the truth about kidnapped Christian attorney Gao Zhisheng, the Chinese government has been forced to respond. Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong recently issued the first official letter about Gao, in reply to a letter from Senator Byron Dorgan, Chairman of Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

According to the Ambassador, Gao is "currently serving probation" and "the public security authority has not taken any mandatory action against him." Obviously, this is a misdirect of information as Gao was last seen being hauled away by Chinese security officials.

We are very concerned about Gao's whereabouts and his condition. In the past, Gao has been repeatedly kidnapped and tortured by Chinese officials for his work defending house church Christians and others persecuted for their beliefs. There is no reason to believe that this has stopped now.

Prior to his first kidnapping, Gao told his wife that if he should be persecuted for speaking the truth, he believed that people of justice throughout the world would stand with him.

Our friends in Washington, DC, have strongly encouraged us to increase the pressure on the Chinese government, and we need your help. Please help us by flooding Chinese embassies around the world with phone calls on behalf of Gao Zhisheng's wife and children to urge that the Chinese government immediately reveal Gao's whereabouts and condition.

» Go to www.FreeGao.com now for contact numbers for the Chinese Embassy in your region and a sample script for your phone call.

 

Petition Update

Please continue to spread the word to family and friends about www.FreeGao.com and encourage them to watch the video and sign the petition. We continue to push toward 100,000 signatures on behalf of Gao Zhisheng which we will deliver to Chinese and U.S. officials to give voice for justice on Gao's behalf.

ChinaAid appreciates the continued support of all of our friends. Your financial support enables a sustained cry for freedom for Gao Zhisheng and many others persecuted in China. We are committed to pressure the Chinese government until justice is brought to victory. Thank you for your partnership to free Gao Zhisheng and to expose, to the world, the truth regarding his case.

Go to FreeGao.com now.

 

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DAY 102: Video Launched to Expose Torture of Christian Attorney Gao Zhisheng

Gao in front of red doorOn September 12, 2007, Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng wrote an open letter to the U.S. Congress exposing the brutality of the Communist Party, including the persecution of house church Christians.

Soon after, Gao was kidnapped by Chinese government authorities and tortured for 58 days. Officials threatened to kill him if he ever exposed the details of his torture. Gao Zhisheng refused to be intimidated into silence -- he continued to speak out about human rights abuses by China's ruling Party. Determined to silence him, government officials kidnapped him again on February 4, 2009.

Gao Zhisheng has now been missing for more than 100 days. He was last seen being hauled away by Chinese officials.

Gao Zhisheng risked everything to challenge the dark system of communism -- he dared to speak the truth. Now, his very life threatens to unmask the distorted inner reality of the Chinese government to the world.

Today ChinaAid and The Voice of the Martyrs join in launching a video exposing the torture Gao suffered in 2007. According to reports from inside China, he is likely experiencing the same treatment--or worse--now. View video now.

This video, an account of 58 days of torture in Gao's own words, is an indictment of the true nature of Communist Party leaders, who commit these atrocities with their left hands, while their right hands are extended to the free world in a show of friendship and economic partnership.

Gao said to his wife that if he should be persecuted for speaking the truth, he believed that people of justice throughout the world would stand with him.

Please forward this e-mail to family and friends, asking them to view the video, sign the petition and send e-mails to government officials at FreeGao.com. Thank you for your prayers and action on behalf of Gao Zhisheng.

» View the video and sign the petition at FreeGao.com

 

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anonymous  May 13, 2009 9:49 AM

Update on Alimujiang Yimiti

Uyghur Christian, Alimujiang Yimiti, is seriously sick in prison and there are concerns he is not receiving adequate medical attention, according to China Aid Association. On March 31, Alimujiang was seen with his hands bound being roughly escorted by police and a prison doctor. He shouted, "I'm sick. Tell my lawyer to come quickly to see me."
We encourage you to continue praying and writing to Yimiti. He has been strengthened by the prayers of believers like you. Also, write to the Chinese government requesting he be released.Send this e-mail to others who have a heart for persecuted believers and encourage them to write as well. Pray and write today!

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anonymous  May 02, 2009 6:19 PM

ALIMJAN YIMIT UPDATE: Close to 1700 supporters have sent emails to the Chinese Ambassador on behalf of Alimjan Yimit and Osman Imin. Thank you to each of you who have taken action and prayed for the release of these two imprisoned Christians. Full Story>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  May 02, 2009 6:10 PM

U.S. CONGRESSMAN QUESTIONS SECRETARY CLINTON ON US COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN CHINA: Secretary Clinton testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on April 22nd. Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee each had five minutes to question Secretary Clinton regarding U.S. foreign policy. U.S. Representative Bob Inglis of South Carolina spent his time reaffirming the need to support human rights and religious freedom for all Chinese people.  Watch the video>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  April 30, 2009 4:36 PM

DAY 85: Gao Zhisheng's Wife Pleads for U.S. Congress to Intervene and Delivers First Installment of Petition

Bob Fu and Geng He present the first installment of the petition to Senator Dorgan"My name is Geng He and I am the wife of political prisoner and lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who is currently being persecuted in mainland China. On March 11 this year, I arrived in the United States with my son and daughter for political asylum. ... We are safe now, but my husband's situation has become more perilous...

"In the past, whenever I was worried about my husband because of his challenges against tyranny, he would often console me by saying...that if one day he would be persecuted because of his ideals and sense of justice, the people in the world who believe in justice would stand by him and support him. I know that he would still harbor this light and hope in his heart while enduring various torments in prison!"

-- Geng He's open letter to the U.S. Congress asking for Congress to intervene on behalf of her husband Gao Zhisheng. Read full letter.

Tens of thousands have brought reality to Gao's hope, by standing with him and crying out for his release and for justice on his behalf. Around the world, those who believe in truth and freedom have prayed, signed the petition, shared it with family and friends and e-mailed Chinese government officials calling for his release.

Because of your efforts, last week, Geng He, together with ChinaAid president Bob Fu, presented the first installment of more than 50,000 signatures from www.FreeGao.com to the co-chairman of the Congressional - Executive Commission on China, U.S. Senator Bryon Dorgan. Simultaneously, ChinaAid delivered the petition to the Chinese Embassy. On Monday, April 27, ChinaAid delivered the petition to office of the Secretary of State. View photos of the petition deliveries.

In addition, Senator Dorgan spoke about Gao's case from the Senate floor, calling the Chinese government to account for Gao's treatment. He also urged the Senate to petition the Chinese government for Gao's immediate release. Other leading senators stood up immediately following Senator Dorgan's speech to express their support for additional actions on behalf of Gao. Read Senator Dorgan's speech.

These tangible demonstrations of concern for Gao from around the world are reverberating through the Communist Party. Contacts inside China say that the wall of silence around Gao Zhisheng's captivity has begun to crack, and have asked ChinaAid to convey their plea for an increase of pressure for Gao's release.

Thank you for your continued partnership in this campaign to free Gao Zhisheng. Your prayers, sending e-mails to Chinese government officials, and forwarding this campaign to family and friends are invaluable to this movement. To quote Gao, "the increased level of confidence of the Chinese Communist Party in treating people with increased cold-blooded brutality and cruelty is the direct result of our silence." Thank you for speaking out during this critical hour in the life of Gao Zhisheng.

To see the latest information, make an online donation, view the latest signature totals on the petition, see photos, read Senator Dorgan's speech to the Senate and view the full text of Geng He's letter go to www.FreeGao.com.

» Go to www.FreeGao.com now.

 

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anonymous  April 22, 2009 8:39 PM

Detained Uyghur Christian in China Taken to Hospital  

Family members of Uyghur Christian Alimjan Yimit, detained in Kashi Municipal Detention Center in Kashgar, are increasingly concerned for his safety following reports that police and a prison doctor escorted him in handcuffs to a nearby hospital. Alimjan reportedly called out to onlookers, “I’m sick. Tell my lawyer to come quickly to see me.”

Sources informed Compass Direct News that Alimjan had been beaten in prison. His attorney visited him one week earlier to discuss a court trial anticipated in May. This was only the second time Alimjan was allowed a visitor since his arrest in January 2008. Court authorities returned his case to state prosecutors, citing a lack of evidence to support charges of “leaking state secrets” and “inciting secession." Family, friends and colleagues insist that Alimjan is a loyal citizen with no access to state secrets, and that his arrest was due to his Christian faith and association with foreign Christians.      

Father we thank you for Your grace and Your faithful presence in times of trouble and in our weakness. We entrust Alimjan to You… please minister healing to his body, peace to his soul and spiritual strength to him and to his family. We pray for the doctors caring for him and for his persecutors. In the suffering of Alimjan may the sufferings of Jesus Christ be seen. Through this testimony may those who persecute our beloved brother see that they also persecute our Lord. May you keep your servant in peace and in the salvation of Your Son, Jesus Christ. “…Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)

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anonymous  April 22, 2009 11:30 AM

DAY 76: Your Voice is Urgently Needed for Kidnapped Christian Attorney Gao Zhisheng

Gao ZhishengThe cry for justice for kidnapped human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng is building momentum, and it is vital to press forward for his freedom. We urgently need your signature and the signatures of your family and friends to break the Chinese government's silence. With each day that passes, Gao's life is at a greater risk.

Will you forward this e-mail to family and friends today and ask them to sign the petition at FreeGao.com?

Gao Zhisheng angered Chinese officials because he boldly spoke out for truth and justice, defending Christians and others persecuted for their beliefs. On February 4, Gao was seen being hauled away by more than a dozen police officers from his home in Shaanxi province; he has not been heard from since.

As far as we know, Gao is experiencing severe torture. His wife and two children are anxious to hear from him. Please send this e-mail to family and friends today. We want to deliver the petition to Chinese and U.S. government officials right away and we need more signatures to release an outcry that will break the silence.

In addition, ChinaAid has just received 2,700 new e-mail addresses for Chinese government officials. When you visit www.FreeGao.com and sign up to send e-mails to officials, we will send you 25 e-mail addresses at a time. We invite you to partner with us to send as many e-mails as possible on Gao's behalf to sustain the pressure on the Chinese government.

The Chinese Communist Party is certain that their economic power buys the silence of the outside world, however they will be required to respond to tens of thousands of people crying out for one man's life. We are committed to push until the silence over Gao Zhisheng breaks.

Please forward this e-mail to your family and friends, and urge them to join in this effort on Gao Zhisheng's behalf. Go to www.FreeGao.com to send e-mails to officials. Make a contribution online. Help us continue to press forward for Gao's freedom.

» Go to www.FreeGao.com now.

 

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anonymous  April 14, 2009 7:03 AM

Dear Donna,

Two imprisoned Chinese Christians need your voice today. 

Ethnic Uyghurs from Xingjian Province, Osman Imin and Alimjan Yimit, have both been unjustly detained by the Chinese government for more than a year.



Uyghur Christians are doubly discriminated against because most Uyghurs are Muslims, and secondly because they are an ethnic minority in a province that has sought autonomy. These Christian brothers face discrimination both from their communities and the Chinese government. 

You can help these men.  Just use our simple website tool to send an email to the Chinese Ambassador on their behalf. 

Osman, a Uyghur Christian, was arrested on November 19, 2007, charged with “revealing state secrets," and sentenced to two years of “re-education through labor.” 

Osman was severely tortured by police during a previous arrest.  His health has rapidly deteriorated while being held in a labor camp and forced to work 12-15 hour days.

Alimjan, a Muslim convert to Christianity and house church leader, was arrested on a “national security issue” charge on January 12, 2008. The Xingjian Court cited “insufficient evidence” in Alimjan’s first trial.

A new court date has not been set, making it more than a year in pre-trial arrest for Almijan.  This is a violation of Chinese court and detention procedures that prescribe the maximum pre-trial detention of a year. 
Read more about Osman and Alimjan’s cases>>

Please
email the Chinese Ambassador today requesting the immediate release of Alimjan and Osman.

Advocating with you,

Lindsay Vessey
    Lindsay Vessey
    Advocacy Program Manager

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anonymous  April 08, 2009 11:24 AM

April 8, 2009 

Dear Donna 

“I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will  turn out for my deliverance”  Philippians 1:19 (NIV)

China - Urgent Prayers for Brother Shi Weihan 

Shi Weihan is scheduled to stand trial on Thursday, April 9 at 9 a.m. local time at the People’s Court of Haidan District, Beijing. Shi has been in prison since March 19, 2008 for printing and distributing Christian books and Bibles without government permission.  The official charge is for “illegal business practices,” however, a judge has held, at least twice, that there is not sufficient evidence to convict him on this charge. Nevertheless, police have continued to hold Shi Weihan in custody in order collect additional evidence hoping to gain a conviction.     

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."  Matthew 26:39.  We are one family, one body, united in Christ.  Heavenly Father we come to You as our hearts cry out pleading for deliverance for Shi Weihan.  We ask for a fair trial, for Shi to be cleared of all charges, and that he will be released unconditionally after this hearing, according to Your will.  Lord, grant Shi strength and joy, and fill his mouth with Your praise.   

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anonymous  April 04, 2009 7:04 AM

"I can't think of China today without thinking about what Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 9:37."
Read Carl's message>>
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anonymous  April 04, 2009 6:57 AM

Right now across China, a miraculous "problem" is brewing.
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anonymous  April 02, 2009 4:01 PM

DAY 57 of Captivity for Gao Zhisheng -- Chinese Government Responds with Deafening Silence

Gao ZhishengThe silence from the highest levels of the Chinese government regarding Gao Zhisheng's kidnapping is deafening. Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng has now been missing 57 days. When one brave reporter asked the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson about Gao, "the official paled and was visibly shaken," according to a Western journalist who was an eyewitness.

Gao Zhisheng was last seen being hauled away from his home in Shaanxi province by more than a dozen police officers on February 4. According to ChinaAid sources, Gao is being severely tortured. Because Gao fearlessly cried out to the free world, revealing the abuses of the Chinese government against house church Christians and others persecuted in China, Chinese authorities want to silence his voice. Now, you can speak out on his behalf.

Gao Zhisheng's wife and children, who have also been abused and tormented by Chinese authorities, escaped to the U.S. three weeks ago. They are grateful for the more than 36,000 who are speaking out by signing the petition and sending e-mails, but more help is needed. Will you partner with us to obtain 100,000 signatures and continue to bombard Chinese government, businesses and media with e-mails calling for Gao's release? Please forward this e-mail to friends and family and encourage them to sign the petition.

Lend your voice to sustain the outcry for Gao Zhisheng's release. Go to www.FreeGao.com to: continue to send e-mails to officials - new e-mails are posted regularly. Make a contribution online. Help us continue to press for Gao's release -- by sustaining this cry for justice.

» Go to www.FreeGao.com now.

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anonymous  March 30, 2009 2:49 AM

Dear Donna,
 
A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about the extraordinary opportunity we have to send thousands of Bibles into China.
 
Open Doors was offered a $150,000 challenge grant by a group of very faithful supporters.  If we can meet this challenge, together we can deliver 60,000 Bibles across China!
 
Thanks to generous giving we are almost halfway to our goal -  It's not too late to join us in sending God's Word!
 
Our goal is to meet this challenge grant to bring the hope of God's Word to the thousands of persecuted Christians in China… especially the thousands of new believers..
 
 
I hope you will join with us and give the largest online gift you can give today to help us fully meet this $150,000 challenge grant and send 60,000 Bibles to China.  If you have already mailed in your donation, thank you so much for your generous support.
 
On behalf of our brothers and sisters in China, thank you!
 
Yours in Christ,
 
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anonymous  March 26, 2009 9:54 PM

DAY 50: Gao Zhisheng Held Hostage

Gao ZhishengChristian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, has now been missing 50 days, and there is increasing concern for his life. He was last seen being hauled away from his home by more than a dozen police officers on February 4. Reports from inside China indicate he is undergoing brutal torture.

The situation is critical, and with each day that passes, Gao Zhisheng's life hangs in the balance.

Because of Gao's work defending house church Christians and others persecuted in China, the Chinese government wants to silence his voice. ChinaAid president, Bob Fu calls Gao's torture "the most severe persecution in China's modern history." Gao's wife and two children, who have also been abused and tormented by the police, escaped to the U.S. less than two weeks ago. His family is afraid that authorities, furious at their escape, are taking revenge on Gao.

ChinaAid and The Voice of the Martyrs, together with Gao Zhisheng's wife and children, call on all Christians and those who value human dignity and justice to speak out on Gao Zhisheng's behalf by signing a petition to free Gao.

» Sign the petition at www.FreeGao.com

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anonymous  March 26, 2009 12:49 PM

SHI WEIHAN UPDATE:  Christian bookshop owner Shi Weihan (38) has been detained in prison since March 2008. Twice courts have rejected the police’s case against him due to insufficient evidence. Shi’s case was supposed to go before the courts for a third time on March 20th for what we believed would be a critical and decisive hearing. Chinese authorities delayed the court date which means there is still time to send the Chinese Ambassador an email on his behalf.  Send an email today [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  March 26, 2009 12:47 PM

EMAIL CAMPAIGN FOR 2 IMPRISONED UYGHUR CHRISTIANS:  It's not too late to take action! Ethnic Uyghurs from Xingjian Province, Osman Imin and Alimjan Yimit, have both been unjustly detained by the Chinese government for more than a year. Please email the Chinese Ambassador today requesting the immediate release of Alimjan and Osman. Your voice matters.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  February 17, 2009 11:19 PM

Gao Zhisheng, part of the ChinaAid Legal Defense Team, was kidnapped by more than a dozen police on February 4. He has not been seen or heard from since. Gao wrote an account in his own words which reveals the severe torture he suffered for more than 50 days when he was first abducted. He wrote how he was forced to lie naked on the floor for 13 days and nights:

"The electric shock baton was put all over me. And my full body; my heart, lungs and muscles began jumping under my skin uncontrollably. I was writhing on the ground in pain, trying to crawl away. Wang (one of the interrogators) then shocked me in my genitals…. Every time when I was tortured, I was always repeatedly threatened … 'Your death is sure if you share this with the outside world."

Gao's family is concerned that Gao may be experiencing the same abuse now. Because of his work defending underground Christians and others persecuted in China, the Chinese government has tried to silence him since 2005. His wife and two children have also been abused, tormented and cut off from the outside world during this time.

ChinaAid calls all Christians and those who value human dignity and justice around the world to act on Gao Zhisheng’s behalf.

» Find out how.

 

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anonymous  February 12, 2009 9:30 AM

February 11, 2009 

Dear Donna 

“…If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all— We are more than conquerors through him who loved us... for nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39

Officials in China Grapple with Spread of Christianity*

The new year may bring increased unrest and political tension for Christians in China. As public anger mounts due to unemployment and government corruption, Chinese authorities are reacting with increased social and political control, Compass Direct News sources report.  Concerned by the growth of unregistered house church groups, the government is ramping up its efforts to identify Christians and to publicly portray Christianity to the public eye as a subversive foreign force. 

Christian leaders informed Compass that the overall political climate is increasingly tense. Despite this situation, growth of the Christian church continues.  One Beijing pastor reports more than 1,000 new converts were baptized last year in his church alone. Praise God for His faithfulness!! Read the full report >>

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anonymous  January 30, 2009 3:46 AM

"We Felt the Reality of Your Prayers"

Shuang ShuyingOn January 28, Hua Zaichen was rushed to the ER, hovering between life and death. He has been clinging to live in the hope that authorities will allow him to see his wife, Shuang Shuying, one last time. Shuang Shuying, 79, has suffered in prison for almost two years on fabricated charges because of her Christian activities.

Since ChinaAid sent out e-mail alerts earlier this month, many around the world have been crying out for justice for this elderly Christian couple. Your prayers and pressure on government authorities are powerful and effective. Hua Zaichen's son, Pastor Hua Huiqi said, "We felt the reality of the prayers of many brothers and sisters."

Officials have become so nervous about the international attention, that they even sent a police officer to the hospital to see if Hua Zaichen was still alive, fearing they would be held responsible for his death.

We have a window of opportunity to further pressure the Chinese government to act justly by our refusal to give up. Will you continue to let your "voice" be heard for the immediate release of Shuang Shuying from prison? Your action is making the difference. Please forward this e-mail to your family and friends and ask them to join you in this cry for justice.

Help now.

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anonymous  January 23, 2009 1:17 PM

Free Shuang Shuying

Shuang ShuyingShuang Shuying, a 79-year-old Christian grandmother, has been imprisoned by the Chinese government for almost two years, because of her family's work helping the poor and oppressed. Read more.

She has become extremely thin and fragile and her health is deteriorating from the harsh conditions, almost to the point of death during the past two years in prison. However, the greatest injustice is that her husband Hua Zaichen, 90, is dying and authorities have denied her a last visit with him even though her prison sentence ends February 8.

Government officials mock Shuang Shuying’s desperate longing to see her husband. They have told her that if he dies, they will escort her in prison uniform, handcuffed and shackled, to see his body for 10 minutes.

You can bring aid to this family as Shuang Shuying’s husband struggles daily to stay alive in the hope he might see his wife before he dies. Will you let your voice be heard on behalf of this elderly couple who have laid down their lives to serve others?

» Two ways you can act now to bring justice.

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anonymous  January 11, 2009 6:52 AM

CHINA | Alimjan Yimit, an ethnic Uyghur house church leader in northwest China, remains imprisoned. Officials have threatened a sentence ranging from six years in prison to execution.

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anonymous  December 22, 2008 1:47 AM

Brother Ning Says ‘Thanks’ for Encouraging Letters  

CHINA - Last February, we asked you to write postcards of encouragement to Brother Ning** and his family who are rebuilding their relationships and ministries following his release from prison. Supporters responded with many cards and notes. We recently received a letter of thanks from Brother Ning:

Greetings and peace in the name of our Lord, I am extremely grateful to our God and the Body of Christ and thankful for your love… This is the first time in my life that I have received such postcards. Please assure my brothers and sisters in Christ that I will surely stand firm in Him… Such words of blessings from you all are far more precious than gold or silver.  I am so thankful to God for you all. May God bless you and be with you. Emmanuel!
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anonymous  December 05, 2008 7:40 PM

Update on Wang Weiliang

Praise God! On Nov.25, 2008, Pastor Wang Weiliang was released from prison on "medical" parole. He is now receiving care in a local hospital in Zhejiang Province, according to China Aid Association. VOM rejoices with the Weiliang family and thanks you for writing him letters of encouragement.
Pastor Weiliang was strengthened by the prayers and help of believers like you. We encourage you to continue writing letters to believers who remain in prison. Forward this e-mail to those you know with a heart for God's people and encourage them to also write and pray. Get involved! Pray and write today.



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anonymous  November 21, 2008 7:17 PM

The Prayer Band that Started a Revolution

Prayer BandsThis prayer band has been declared illegal in China.

Chinese police have stopped people on the streets and taken the bands off their wrists. Some have been interrogated and arrested; at least three families were evicted from their homes—for the government, the prayer band is a symbol of revolution.

We thank everyone across the U.S. and around the world who answered the call to wear a "Pray for China" prayer band and pray during the Olympics. Your willingness to stand with Chinese house church Christians encouraged them as they also wore prayer bands and prayed for their country. Their commitment came with a cost. Read more.

Yet, house church Christians refuse to be intimidated. They say that prayer for China is even more critical now that the world is no longer watching. Persecution has increased. Will you join in this revolution of prayer for China?

"They can arrest me or put me in prison, but I'm not going to stop praying for China. Although the prayer band is banned in China, prayer can never be banned. I am asking every Christian to support believers in China by wearing a prayer band."
-a prominent house church leader

At this crucial time, will you partner in prayer?

» Click here to order a China Prayer Band.

Please forward this e-mail to others who will want to pray for the persecuted in China.

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anonymous  October 14, 2008 8:24 PM

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Are you willing to help the young victims of Communist China?

Recently, ChinaAid and The Voice of the Martyrs launched the Olympic Prayer Band campaign and a subsequent petition drive protesting the kidnapping of Pastor Bike, his wife and co-worker by Chinese police. ChinaAid wishes to thank all those who took part in both of these successful campaigns.

One reason Pastor Bike has been targeted by the Communists is because of his work caring for orphans. One precious child he is helping is 11-year-old "Anna." This young girl's life is full of trials. But her heart is full of faith. You can read her incredible story here.

Pastor Bike and AnnaChinaAid reaches out to those like Anna who may suffer as children of pastors or as children of parents who speak out against human rights abuses or even suffer from China's cruel One-Child Policy (as Anna has). ChinaAid provides them with basic necessities such as food, a warm winter coat, a safe place to live and a chance to go to school.

Many more children like Anna need our support. Your gift to ChinaAid will ensure that we can continue reaching out to the young victims of China's communists. Follow the link below to learn more.

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anonymous  September 25, 2008 6:33 AM

UPDATE ON SHI WEIHAN EMAIL CAMPAIGN:  Chinese Christian bookstore owner Shi Weihan is awaiting the outcome of an August court appearance. Denied proper medication and diet for his diabetes, Shi is almost “unrecognizable” as a result of 22lbs weight loss, according to family members. He is said to have been made to sign a confession that he has been “engaging in the printing and distribution of a large number of illegal publications.”
Thank you to those who have sent an email on Shi's behalf to the Chinese ambassador. Please continue to pray for Shi's swift release from prison and for his family to remain strong. If you have yet to send an email on Shi's behalf, send one today!
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anonymous  September 10, 2008 3:27 PM

Thank you for adding your name to the online petition asking the Chinese government to free Pastor Bike. Your voice was heard! Pastor Bike is FREE! On Friday, August 29, prominent Chinese house church leader Zhang Mingxuan, affectionately known as "Pastor Bike," his wife and a co-worker were released from Chinese custody. Pastor Bike was arrested along with his wife and co-worker August 6, two days before the Olympic Games began in Beijing. An outspoken evangelist, Pastor Bike has travelled on his bike to many places in China, handing out Christian literature and Bibles and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Bike

Instead of being held at a prison or a detention center Pastor Bike and his wife, Xie Fenglan, and their co-worker were taken to resort hotels on a "forced vacation" designed to ensure that they couldn’t talk to any foreign media. Pastor Bike was scheduled to do an interview with the BBC the day of his arrest.

All three believers are in good health and spirits and praising God for their release, according to our co-laborers at China Aid Association. The detainees said during their confinement they had opportunities to witness to guards and even high-ranking government officials staying at the hotels where they were held.

Petition Being Delivered to Chinese Embassy

On August 26, The Voice of the Martyrs and China Aid Association launched an international online petition drive advocating for Pastor Bike, his wife and co-worker to be released. On September 4, China Aid Association delivered the petition — which had more than 57,000 names printed on 619 pages — addressed to Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, D.C. Included was a letter thanking the Chinese government for releasing these house-church Christians.

We are thankful to you and the thousands of others who logged on and signed the petition. Christians in free nations often wonder if we can really make a practical difference for Christians in persecuted countries. Pastor Bike’s release shows that WE CAN!

Continue to pray for Pastor Bike, his wife and their co-worker and for other believers in China.

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anonymous  August 28, 2008 6:53 AM

Please go to the link[full story] on the previous message because there is quite a lot of news there and it is very informative!


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anonymous  August 28, 2008 6:45 AM

RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS THREATENED AS OLYMPICS END: As the Olympics drew to a close, new evidence of religious freedom abuses offered a stark contrast to China’s efforts to provide religious services for athletes and visitors during the Games. China has planned a new crackdown on four “troublesome elements,” including house church leaders, for October, when most Olympic athletes, tourists and journalists will have left the country. Full Story>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  August 27, 2008 5:38 PM

Chinese police detained house church leader Zhang Mingxuan, along with his wife Xie Fenlang and co-pastor Wu Jiang He, at a police station in Hebel after a BBC journalist attempted to interview him on Monday, August 4. They have been relocated to a remote town.
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anonymous  August 27, 2008 3:26 AM

Chinese Government Plans to Crackdown on House Church Leaders*

As the Olympics have concluded, there is new evidence of religious freedom abuses that reveals a stark contrast to China’s effort in providing religious services for athletes and visitors during the Games. According to Compass Direct News, China hired religious clerics and published a special bilingual edition of the Bible for distribution to athletes and official churches during the event. Simultaneously, officials asked house church leaders in Beijing to sign documents agreeing not to hold services during the Games, the China Aid Association (CAA) reported on August 13. As most Olympic athletes, tourists, and journalists will be gone by October, China has a new strategy on dealing with what they call four “troublesome elements,” which includes house church leaders, CAA reported on August 18. Read more about the government crackdown on house church leaders in China. 

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anonymous  August 22, 2008 2:17 PM

Persecution Update: Read stories from around the world including an update on China and the Olympics and the rebuilding efforts after the devastating earthquake.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  August 22, 2008 10:29 AM

Night of a Million Miracles: A gripping book about delivering 1 million Bibles in China.  This special delivery, known as Project Pearl, was described at the time as one of the most unusual and successful operations in the 20th century. Time Magazine called the operation a “bold expedition….executed with military precision.” Order Your Copy Today!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  August 22, 2008 10:25 AM

A Christian minority leader once said, “It’s not that many of our people have rejected Jesus, they just have never heard about Him.” Download this bulletin insert and learn how Open Doors is reaching out and bringing God’s Word to people in China.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  August 22, 2008 10:21 AM

Share with your congregation and small groups this bulletin insert that tells the story of a blind believer who now can listen to God’s Word  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  August 14, 2008 11:09 AM

Your prayers help China's Christians 'run the race' of faith
With the Olympic Games beginning in Beijing on August 8th, this month also sees the culmination of our special year-long Prayer Campaign for China. It’s been a privilege to have you join with us in interceding for this vast nation—and for her suffering Church.

At Open Doors, we believe that the China Prayer Campaign will bear much fruit in the months and years to come. Sister Angela is just one of China’s countless church leaders who is hoping and praying to reap a portion of this harvest for the Lord.
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anonymous  August 14, 2008 8:06 AM

Chinese Authorities Detain Christian Activist*

Security agents recently seized Christian activist and house church pastor Hua Huiqi on his way to a service at the government-approved Kuanjie Protestant Church in Beijing, where U.S. President George Bush was scheduled to appear. According to a report from The Associated Press, authorities have arrested and beaten Hua several times in recent years because of his religious activities. Hua also gained a reputation as an activist when he fought against a development project that led to the demolition of his home in 2001. In recent months, as part of a “clean-up” operation in Beijing, authorities forced him to attend services at the Kuanjie church instead, which is registered with the official Three Self Patriotic Movement.

Download an in-depth interview with Carl Moeller, CEO/President of Open Doors USA, about China and the state of the church.

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anonymous  August 14, 2008 7:38 AM

China Banishes Pastor from Beijing Prior to Games*

Chinese authorities have banished house church pastor Zhang Mingxuan from Beijing for the duration of the Olympic Games and several other Christians remain in detention or face ongoing harassment. Plainclothes police officers forcibly removed Zhang and his wife Xie Fenglan from a guesthouse in Beijing on July 18 and took them to Yanjiao, Hebei province, to prevent them from meeting foreign officials visiting Beijing for the Games, according to the South China Morning Post. Read the full article from Compass Direct about Pastor Zhang.

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anonymous  August 14, 2008 4:19 AM

Inspiration for Olympic Prayer Band Arrested

Pastor Bike

Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan, known for traveling across China on a bicycle to evangelize, was arrested by Chinese police just two days before the Olympics began. Pastor Bike was the inspiration for the recent partnership between The Voice of the Martyrs and China Aid Association to create the Olympic Prayer Band.

Learn More about the Olympic Prayer Band here

Pastor Asks for Prayer Band
Earlier this year, Pastor Bike pleaded with VOM staff to ask Christians to pray for persecuted Christians in China during the Olympics. The pastor voluntarily preaches the gospel openly in China despite being persecuted. He has asked for his identity to be revealed to bring continued attention to the persecution of Christians in Communist China.

Thanks to Pastor Bike’s inspiration and the commitment of concerned Christians across the United States, more than 800,000 prayer bands have been circulated. On Aug. 6, Pastor Bike was arrested while trying to deliver medicine to his ailing wife. His wife and another pastor were also arrested. We have also learned this week that Chinese officials are opening a full investigation of the Olympic Prayer Bands that were distributed to house church members within China. Despite this increased pressure from Chinese authorities, Chinese Christians continue to ask for prayer and to make their plight known.

Order your Prayer Bands today!
As the Olympics goes on, the harassment of Chinese evangelists continues to increase. Please help remind others to pray for persecuted Christians like Pastor Bike by ordering your prayer bands today!

More about Pastor Bike
Pastor Bike, president of the Chinese House Church Alliance, rode his bike more than 10,000 miles, visiting 24 Chinese provinces to introduce nonbelievers to Jesus Christ. Armed with a Bible and his business card, which declared “Believe in Jesus, Earn Eternal Life,” Pastor Bike brought the gospel to thousands of people. He and other Chinese evangelists have been repeatedly harassed by Chinese officials during this Olympic year. Please pray for the release of Pastor Bike and his wife.


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anonymous  August 11, 2008 11:28 AM

Dick Staub
"Everything you can say about China is true ... somewhere in China!" Such was the insight offered by my 90-year-old friend Rosa, who with her sister, the late Ruth Graham Bell (Billy Graham's wife), was raised in China. It's a timely and useful observation as the Olympics are upon us and we Westerners are trying to understand the enigma that is China.
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anonymous  August 01, 2008 3:26 AM

Shi Weihan - Help Imprisoned Chinese Christian!

Send an email to Chinese Ambassador Zhou Whenzong, asking him to press for the release of Shi Weihan. On March 19, Shi was rearrested for publishing Bibles and Christian literature. Shi’s bookstore, located near the Olympic village, operated legally and sold only books for which he had obtained government permission. Authorities at the Beijing Municipal Detention center have labeled Shi as a “dangerous religious element,” mistakenly believing that he would cause a stir as Beijing Olympics approach. However, Shi's friends affirm him to be a peaceful and patriotic citizen.

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                   Shi Weihan & wife Zhang Jing
Shi is being held without any family visits allowed. His wife has been prohibited to bring him any food or clothing. Open Doors is concerned about Shi’s health, as he has diabetes and the family has been unable to confirm whether or not he has recieved necessary medication.  Shi’s attorney, who has only recently been allowed to see him, said that Shi is in dire need of medical attention. Read More >>

Please send an email to Chinese Ambassador Zhou Whenzong, asking him to press for the release of Shi Weihan and allow him immediate access to medical attention.


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anonymous  August 01, 2008 3:08 AM

CHINA BLOCKS DISSIDENT LAWYERS FROM BEIJING DINNER HOSTED BY CONGRESSMEN:  A group of Chinese human rights lawyers were detained and later put under house arrest by government security officials to prevent them from attending a dinner hosted Sunday by two members of the U.S. Congress. The incident is the latest in a series of moves by Chinese officials to clamp down on dissent in the run-up to the Summer Olympic Games, which open Aug. 8 in BeijingFull Story>>
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anonymous  July 29, 2008 7:21 AM

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Dear Donna,

I recently wrote to you about Shi Weihan, a Chinese businessman who was re-arrested in March for printing and distributing Bibles and Christian literature. There is still time to send the Chinese Ambassador an email on his behalf.

Unfortunately, Shi is still in prison and no official charges have been brought against him.  The three-month deadline for his hearing expired on June 19 and he still has not been brought to court, making his detention illegal according to China’s laws.

Shi’s family has been denied visitation rights so they cannot bring him clean clothes or ensure that he has his necessary diabetic medication.  Shi’s wife and two young daughters are concerned about his health and are really struggling with his absence.  Read More>>

Please write to Chinese Ambassador Zhou Whenzong, asking him to press for the immediate release of Shi Weihan, and to allow him immediate access to medical aid.
 
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anonymous  July 16, 2008 9:32 AM

MP3 Bibles Distributed In China

CHINA - During May and June, Open Doors distributed MP3 audio bibles in China. Open Doors’ first priority was to provide the comfort of God’s Word to victims of the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province. Other groups, such as a church for the blind in eastern China and house churches in northeastern, central and southern China were also among the first recipients of the initial 700 “MP3 Bibles” of a planned 3,000 that were distributed.  Read more… 

Prayer Points:

  • Praise God for the ability to provide His people with a technology that can further advance His kingdom! (1 Chronicles 16:9)
  • Pray that the MP3 Bibles will open the hearts and minds of those who receive them and that they will fall more in love with God as they listen to them. (Mark 12:30)
  • Pray for more creative ideas and opportunities to deliver God’s Word to people in China. (Isaiah 40:8)

Join us in the prayer countdown  to the Olympics and consider hosting your own prayer event.   For more information on how to donate bibles worldwide please visit our online giving page.

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anonymous  July 15, 2008 9:25 AM

t’s been said that anything you hear about China is probably true about China…somewhere. So what’s the truth about the Church in China?

As the Beijing Olympics rapidly approach, conflicting messages about the state of Christianity in China surface every day. Recently there has been a spate of press releases from evangelists, television hosts, magazine and newspaper articles, and even full-page advertisements in publications promoting the "openness" of China to a Christian witness.

How much of the media coverage is a smoke screen to the truth, what is unfortunate misunderstanding, and where has China made legitimate progress in religious rights practices? 

This month’s Church Connection is an in-depth interview with Dr. Carl Moeller, CEO/President of Open Doors USA. His extensive travels through China over the past several years have given him first-hand knowledge regarding the cultural, political and spiritual textures of this vast country.

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What does the government-sanctioned church system look like in China? What does the house church movement look like? Answer

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What’s the difference in size between the Three-self Church and the unregistered Church in China? Answer

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What is the difference between a government-produced Bible and a Bible you and I would have in our homes? Answer

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With potentially 80 million belivers in China, does persecution really exist? Answer

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So why are there so many different reports on the state of religious freedom in China? Answer

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There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Olympics this summer.  Also the spotlight has been on China for these past several months due to the earthquake and prior to that, on the Olympic torch relay.  So what’s all the fuss about China and the Olympics? Answer

7)

How do you think that the recent earthquake in China affected Christians and churches? Answer

8)

What hopes do you think that China has in the near future? Answer

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anonymous  July 09, 2008 10:23 AM

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House Church Leader and Family Evicted From Their Home - China Aid Association

On July 2, Public Security Bureau (PSB) police officers evicted prominent house church leader, Pastor Hua Huiqi and his family from their home in Beijing, China. According to China Aid Association (CAA), "Hua and his family were resting in their rental apartment when PSB officials led by Officer Yang Jian, used a 10-pound hammer to break down the doors and locks of the apartment. Hua's brother was beaten by police officers and suffered severe damage to his eye. Hua and his family, including his 90-year-old father, were forced onto the street with their furniture. They are currently in search of a new home and are being hosted by a Christian family in Beijing." According to CAA, "The Chinese government has expressed its intentions to either detain Hua until September 30, a date well after the Olympics, or to remove Hua and his family completely out of Beijing during the Games. The Chinese government had branded Hua and other human rights and religious activists as 'troublemakers' and is adamant about keeping such people from attending the Games in August." Praise God for Pastor Hua and his family's faithfulness. Ask God to watch over his family, especially his elderly parents who are great examples of faith and courage. Ask the Holy Spirit to convict the persecutors and draw them into the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Psalm 55:16-19  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  July 09, 2008 9:49 AM

Imprisoned Christian ‘Temporarily’ Released*

IRAN - After four weeks in police custody, Iranian Christian Mohsen Namvar was released "temporarily" last week to return to his home in Tehran. Police had previously detained and tortured Namvar for baptizing Muslim converts to Christianity. According to Compass Direct News, a doctor summoned to Namvar’s home after his release administered medicines and serum to treat the badly beaten prisoner. Read more… 

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that Mohsen Namvar will receive all of the medical help he needs and that his health will be completely restored. (Jeremiah 30:17)

  • Please pray that Namvar’s release will turn from a "temporary" release into a permanent one. (Isaiah 49:9)

For more information on Christians who are persecuted worldwide, download the latest version of the Persecution Update.

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anonymous  July 02, 2008 3:24 PM

Dear Donna,

A brother in China needs our support! Chinese bookstore owner Shi Weihan was re-arrested on March 19 for distributing Bibles and Christian literature. Send an email to Chinese Ambassador Zhou Whenzong, asking him to press for his immediate release.

Though Shi's friends have affirmed that he is a peaceful and patriotic government supporter, he is being held at the Beijing Municipal Detention Center as a “dangerous religious element.” It is feared that he would cause a stir as the Beijing Olympics approach. Shi had been previously released on January 4 due to “insufficient evidence” after being imprisoned on November 28, 2007.

Shi has not been allowed any family visits, and his wife has been forbidden to bring him any food or clothing. Open Doors is concerned about his medical condition as he has diabetes and and his family has been unable to confirm whether or not he has recived the necessary medication. Shi’s attorney has only recently been allowed to visit, and revealed that Shi is in dire need of medical attention. Read More>>

Please write to Chinese Ambassador Zhou Whenzong, asking him to press for the immediate release of Shi Weihan, and to allow him immediate access to medical aid.

Thank you for your prayers and support for Shi Weihan!

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anonymous  June 25, 2008 12:38 PM

Please continue to pray for Shi Weihan in China*

Shi Weihan was initially arrested on November 28, 2007, and charged with "illegal business practices," but officials ordered his release on January 4, 2008 due to insufficient evidence. He was arrested again on March 19, 2008 and police have held him incommunicado - denying all but one visit from his lawyer, and refusing to allow family visits.

"Despite having held Shi beyond the time legally allowed, absent formal charges or a court hearing, the PSB still refuses to allow his family or attorney to see him," said a source close to Shi’s lawyer. "Claiming an ongoing investigation in what they are calling ‘a complex case,’ they have managed to hold the owner of a legally registered Christian bookstore in an undisclosed location without giving any assurances that he is receiving his needed diabetic medicine." Read More...

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that Weihan’s medical needs will be met. (Philippians 4:19)
  • Pray that Weihan will be able to safely return to his family and be freed of charges. (Job 11:18)

Join the One Minute/One Year/One Country prayer campaign and unite with other believers in praying for the upcoming 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  Order a Get, Set, Pray kit and organize your own prayer event.

*News Source: Compass Direct News

Praying with you, 

Christina and the Prayer Force Team  

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 June 17, 2008 9:08 PM

China may be putting on its best face as it hosts the Olympics in two months, but a new report unveils an 18 percent increase in religious persecution cases in the country, most notable involving Christians. According to a report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide and China Aid Association (CAA), the Chinese government is not only cracking down on “unregistered” Christians, but also funding a campaign designed to eradicate all house churches within its borders. “While Chinese house churches have long suffered persecution, this is believed to be the first time that the authorities have systematically cracked down on the ‘third wave churches,’” the report says. CAA has also received reports of “planned intensified persecution” of Christians, particularly those who wish to hold large gatherings prior to the games. [chinaaid.org, 6/10/08]  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  June 12, 2008 4:47 AM

Please pray for the following brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for their faith.

CHINA | (Compass) A Beijing bookstore owner has been arrested a second time for publishing Bibles and Christian books. Father of two, Shi Weihan has been forbidden family visits and concern is growing for his welfare.

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anonymous  June 11, 2008 6:14 AM

Christians Detained for Helping Quake Victims - China Aid Association

On June 1, Chinese Public Security Bureau (PSB) police officers disrupted a house church meeting and forcefully detained seven believers during a Sunday service at Taikang county, Henan province. According to China Aid Association (CAA), "Approximately six PSB officials disrupted the house church meeting and forcefully detained seven of the participants. Police officials did not state the reason for the detention. During interrogation, police officials questioned the members as to who would be taking donations to the earthquake disaster area. One woman and her child were released; however the other six remain in detention under a charge of sending money to a disaster area in the name of a house church." According to reports, PSB officials have said they will not release those detained until they paid a fine. Pray for believers in China who are facing difficulties practicing their faith. Ask God to give them boldness to serve Him and for Him to give them the ability to forgive their persecutors. Psalm 34: 17-22  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  June 05, 2008 4:17 PM

Spiritually ignite a passion for prayer in your church or small group for the upcoming Olympics in Beijing from August 8th-24th.  Download the Get Set Pray!" event kit online or receive it by mail for only $10. Available Now!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  June 04, 2008 5:59 AM

Dear Donna,   

Chinese Christians Make an Impact in Earthquake Area

Recently, the Open Doors director of training in China (his name is not given due to security issues) was interviewed about the aftermath of the devastating earthquake which hit the Sichuan province in China on May 12, 2008 and how Christians are making an impact physically and spiritually during their relief efforts. The earthquake left 69,000 dead, 18,000 missing and 5 million homeless. Read More…  

Please Pray:

  • For the massive relief effort to continue in providing food, tents, and clothing for the millions impacted by this event. Pray that God will show himself to all the victims, their families, and also to all the aid workers and government leaders. (Titus 2:14)
  • For the thousands of people still missing or injured; that they may be found and treated for their injuries both physical and emotional. (1 Timothy 1:16)
  • For the Christians in China and throughout the region of devastation to receive and feel God’s peace and comfort from the intercessory prayers of people all over the world. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
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anonymous  May 29, 2008 9:38 PM

CHARGES SHIFT AGAINST CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE OWNER IN CHINA:  An advocacy organization reported this week that Chinese authorities now accuse Shi Weihan, a Beijing businessman, of being a “dangerous religious element.” This claim has been dismissed by a long-time friend of Weihan's, saying that this accusation was contrary to the Christian bookstore owner's gentle, patriotic nature. Full Story>>

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anonymous  May 29, 2008 9:32 PM

UPDATE ON CONGRESSIONAL LETTER TO CHINESE PRESIDENT HU JINTAO:  From April 26th to May 3rd, people from around the United States gathered in Washington D.C. for North Korea Freedom Week.  We delivered several thousand letters signed by Open Doors supporters, asking their U.S. Representative to sign a letter to President Hu of China. Learn More>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  May 28, 2008 5:14 AM

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Prominent House Church Leader Arrested - China Aid Association

On May 19, Pastor Lou Yuanqi, a prominent house church leader in the town of Qingshuihe, Xinjiang province, was arrested by police. According to China Aid Association, "After being interrogated for an hour in the township police station, Yuanqi was transferred to a detention centre and charged with 'inciting separatism.' The pastor has been previously arrested several times. This is the first instance, however, of him being placed under criminal detention which means that he will likely face a serious indictment in court." Pray for Pastor Yuanqi to experience the joy and peace of Christ while he suffers. Pray for Chinese house church leaders to stand in God's grace as they continue to face pressure from the authorities. Acts 5:40-42
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anonymous  May 28, 2008 4:02 AM

Religious Freedom Issues in China Need Your Prayer*

As China looks forward to hosting the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the rest of the world is taking a closer look at the human rights issues in China with the help of the world media. One of the main issues of concern is religious freedom. There are continuous reports of ongoing restrictions on freedom of worship in China - particularly for unregistered church groups. These reports have led to arrests, detention in labor camps and confiscation of Christian literature. The Chinese government has stepped up an official campaign against human rights activists and lawyers in recent months and has increased its suppression of religious believers. Read more…  

Please Pray:

  • For the unregistered church members to trust God despite the risks they face as they continue to meet and worship Him. Pray also for those who have been arrested and sent to labor camps for preaching the gospel will be set free. (Exodus 23:25)
  • For the many believers around the world who feel called to go to China and share the gospel during the Olympics. Pray that they accept the calling God has put in their heart and that God will provide safety and finances for their trip. (Matthew 24:14)
  • That the confiscated Christian literature will end up in the hands of police who are ready to receive the truth about Jesus Christ and be saved. (Acts 11:14)
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anonymous  May 14, 2008 4:31 PM

CHINA | (Compass) Liu Huiwen, a Christian sentenced to 18 months imprisonment last November for distributing a gospel leaflet to Muslims in Gansu province, is suffering mistreatment in a Muslim-majority prison.

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anonymous  May 14, 2008 11:16 AM

May 14, 2008 

Dear Donna,   

Join in prayer as we lift up the areas around the world that have recently been affected by natural disasters. 

China - According to reports, a massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck the Sichuan province in China on Monday, May 12. The shaking was felt as far away as Thailand and Vietnam, and has caused power outages, cut-off running water, disrupted telephone communication, and also led to the immediate evacuation of hospitals, offices and homes. Landslides have also caused roadblocks, which are slowing down the rescue efforts. Read More…

Please Pray:

  • That the necessary resources of power, water, and communication will return to full functionality as soon as possible.
  • That the Chinese people who are lost will quickly be found amidst the rubble, and those who are in need of medical help will receive it.
  • In agreement with Dr. Carl Moeller, that “the church [will] demonstrate Christ's love in the midst of terrible suffering.”
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anonymous  May 12, 2008 9:51 PM

Urgent Need in China

Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham, in China on a trip to support the work of Christians there, commits to help survivors in Sichuan Province following Monday’s devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake. Read more.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
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Update on Shi Weihan’s Arrest*

An advocacy organization reported last week that Chinese authorities now accuse Shi Weihan of being a “dangerous religious element.” Authorities have been slow to reveal charges against Shi, who after his original arrest for “illegal business practices” on November 28, 2007 was released on January 4, 2008 due to “insufficient evidence.” Weihan was re-arrested on March 19 for printing Bibles and Christian literature. 

China Aid Association reported on April 28 that authorities were holding Shi as a “dangerous religious element.” Long-time friend, Ray Sharpe, said that Weihan’s many foreign relationships as a travel agent may have raised undue suspicions for Chinese authorities.

“I know him to be a man that has been promoting the Olympics at a time when many tourists from around the globe would be able to see China, whom he loves so dearly, at her best,” Sharpe said in a statement to supporters.   Read More…

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CHINA
Bookstore Owner Re-Arrested in China - China Aid Association

On March 19, Shi Weihan (37), a Christian bookstore owner, was re-arrested on charges of "illegally" printing and distributing Christian literature. Weihan was initially arrested on November 29, 2007, and was released in early January, due to "insufficient evidence." He is being held without access to his family. His wife is concerned for his health in prison as he is a diabetic. 2 Samuel 22: 31, Isaiah 40:29-31 2 Samuel 22:31, Isaiah 40:29-31
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CHINA SLAMMED OVER "GRAVE" CRISIS FACING NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES:

 China came under pressure Tuesday to stop repatriating North Korean refugees after a new study highlighted concerns they were severely punished and faced possible death on their return home. Read More>>

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December 2007

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RI's latest webcast features a special report on our late President Rev Dr Rob Frost, a passionate campaigner on behalf of the persecuted church. This includes an extract from our latest video Pray for China, which Rob completed shortly before his death.

Indonesia: A court has ruled that it is blasphemous to pray that Muslim leaders would become Christians. Forty-one Christian leaders have been sentenced to five years.

Pakistan: Death threats by militants force a Christian school to close.

North Korea: A group of nine young Christians have disappeared in the capital Pyongyang.

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Friday December 07, 2007 CHINA: CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE OWNER ARRESTEDOne of his employees also detained, her father beaten, in front of her 3-year-old son.

LOS ANGELES, December 7 (Compass Direct News) – Beijing Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials have detained the owner of a Christian bookstore located near the Olympic Village, along with one of his employees, according to a long-time friend of the businessman.

Ray Sharpe said authorities detained 37-year-old Shi Weihan late last week and have confiscated Christian literature from his bookstore as well as personal books from his home. Authorities at the Haidian district substation of the Beijing PSB have refused to tell his family the charges against him or where he is being held.

Shi had never had any problems with authorities in the past, Sharpe said. His bookstore operated legally, and he sold only books for which he had obtained government permission. Authorities also confiscated his computer and financial records.

“It seems the government can’t make up its mind about how free it wants to be,” Sharpe told Compass. “Both his office and his home are not far from the Olympic Village, and my personal opinion is that this has to do with all the other recent arrests and the government not wanting a single dissident voice to appear at the Olympics.”

Shi also works as a travel agent, and authorities may also be investigating his promotion of foreign travel to China, Sharpe said.

Shi’s wife, Zhang Jing, and several employees were detained and released, but one female employee, Tian Hongxia, remains in custody, Sharpe said.

“Her father was seriously beaten when she was arrested at his home,” Sharpe said. “She has a 3-year-old son who was very upset during the whole scene, so children do see how brutally they manhandle people in China.”

Bob Fu, president of the China Aid Association, said in a statement that Shi’s case is not an isolated incident.

“This is another case of religious persecution in the 2008 Summer Olympics host city, Beijing, in the name of so-called illegal publication,” said Fu, a former pastor of both Shi and his wife in Beijing. “We urge the international community to pressure the Chinese government to respect the rule of law and release Mr. Shi immediately.”

Zhang, Shi’s wife, has been detained for interrogation twice about Christian literature found in their home and in Shi’s office and store. PSB officials have threatened to arrest Zhang again, and she and her two daughters have gone into hiding. About 20 officers first raided their home at 5 a.m. on November 28.

One of the couple’s daughters, 7-year-old En Mei, was born in the United States and holds a U.S. passport. As a result, U.S. Embassy personnel have told family members they will try to make contact with Shi. The couple’s other daughter is 11.

Christian sources said the family is concerned that Shi may be facing danger of diabetic shock. Authorities have provided no information to the family about his medical condition. PSB officials have been known to use deprivation and torture to force detainees to reveal information about others.

Sharpe said Shi, an active Christian, has shied away from China’s registered, Three-Self Patriotic Movement church as he had heard horror stories from friends in the legal church.

“He has a number of friends who have suffered and been pressured by the government church,” Sharpe said.

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anonymous  April 23, 2008 5:31 AM

CHINA
Forty-six Christians Arrested, Two Remain in Detention - China Aid Association

China Aid Association (CAA) reports that the Chinese Communist government recently launched a strategic campaign against house churches in Xinjiang Autonomous Region. As a result of this campaign, on April 13, 46 Christians were arrested by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials during a Bible class and worship service in Kashi City, Xinjiang Province. CAA reported, "Forty-six house church Christians were holding Bible class and worship in the home of Mr. Ding Zhichun when PSB officials intruded into Ding's home and arrested all of them. Forty-four Christians were released after the trial day, following a 50 Yuan deposit to the PSB, by the family members." CAA added, "The Christians were mandated to confess their illegal Sunday worship activities and study the government's handbook on Religious Policy. They were also required to return and recite the policy to officials within one week." The Voice of the Martyrs supports and stands with Christians in China and encourages you to pray for believers who are living under immense pressure. Ask God to encourage and minister to the two Christians still being held by the police. Pray their testimony will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Christ. Psalm 91  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
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CHINA
UPDATE: Christian Bookstore Owner Released from Prison - China Aid Association

Praise God! On February 19, Zhou Heng, a well-known house church leader and manager of Yayi Christian Book Room in China was released from prison. According to China Aid Association, Heng was released after a court determined there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him. During his imprisonment, Heng was reportedly beaten severely by inmates and prison guards. He is now recuperating at home with his family. Thank the Lord for Heng's release. Pray for strength and healing for him. Pray that he will be emboldened by the fact that God commends those who suffer for doing good. 1 Peter 2:20-21

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anonymous  April 09, 2008 5:23 PM

CHINA
House Church Leaders Detained; Female Leaders Remain in Jail - China Aid Association

On March 29, seven house church leaders were arrested in Qu county, Sichuan province, during a house church praise and worship service. According to China Aid Association (CAA), "Seven believers were taken by a group who claimed to be from the local religious affairs bureau, community administration and national security. Two believers were released after interrogation, one was released the following day and three female house church leaders remain in the detention center. " Meanwhile, on March 30, nine female house church leaders and four children were arrested by police officials after a Sunday school service in Sichuan province. CAA reported, "All the children and two elderly believers were released after interrogations, but seven female house church leaders are still in the detention center, and one is missing." According to copies of the criminal detention notice issued to the family members of some of those arrested, the house church leaders were being "suspected of using [an] evil cult to obstruct the enforcement of the law." These arrests are the latest in the Chinese communist government’s crackdown on Christians prior to the Olympics this summer. The Voice of the Martyrs stands with believers in China despite the government’s attempt to harass and intimidate them. VOM encourages you to pray for these arrested believers and their families. Ask God to comfort and encourage them. Also, pray their testimonies will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Him. Deuteronomy 33: 26-27

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Persecuted Christians in Prison September 13, 2007 12:31 PM

Shuang ShuyingVan ThongCarlos Lamelas








Location:
China
Arrested: January 2007
Days Imprisoned: document.write(Math.round(iDiff));231

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Women Detained and Treated Indecently by Police – China Aid Association
On February 2, two Christian women, Meng Xiu Lan and Zhou Cheng Xiu, were detained by police in Jun Tun County, Yunan Province, after they were found distributing Christmas cards. According to China Aid Association (CAA), the two women, aged 55 and 53 respectively, were "threatened, mocked, stripped and frisked violently." CAA added, "Police then handcuffed the two women and escorted them back to their homes. After searching the homes, police illegally confiscated CDs, handouts, Bibles, song books and calendars, without proper documentation." Pray the Lord comforts and encourages these women after this difficult experience. Ask God to use their testimony to draw nonbelievers, including their persecutors, into fellowship with Him. Isaiah 53:4-5  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  January 28, 2008 6:50 AM

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Chinese house church activist Hua Huiqi has been brutally attacked by security guards. Plus news from Pakistan.

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anonymous  January 28, 2008 6:39 AM

CHINA PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS December 15, 2007 8:52 PM

Friday December 07, 2007 CHINA: CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE OWNER ARRESTEDOne of his employees also detained, her father beaten, in front of her 3-year-old son.

LOS ANGELES, December 7 (Compass
Direct News) – Beijing Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials have
detained the owner of a Christian bookstore located near the Olympic
Village, along with one of his employees, according to a long-time
friend of the businessman.

Ray Sharpe said authorities detained 37-year-old Shi Weihan late
last week and have confiscated Christian literature from his bookstore
as well as personal books from his home. Authorities at the Haidian
district substation of the Beijing PSB have refused to tell his family
the charges against him or where he is being held.

Shi had never had any problems with authorities in the past,
Sharpe said. His bookstore operated legally, and he sold only books for
which he had obtained government permission. Authorities also
confiscated his computer and financial records.

“It seems the government can’t make up its mind about how free
it wants to be,” Sharpe told Compass. “Both his office and his home are
not far from the Olympic Village, and my personal opinion is that this
has to do with all the other recent arrests and the government not
wanting a single dissident voice to appear at the Olympics.”

Shi also works as a travel agent, and authorities may also be
investigating his promotion of foreign travel to China, Sharpe said.

Shi’s wife, Zhang Jing, and several employees were detained and
released, but one female employee, Tian Hongxia, remains in custody,
Sharpe said.

“Her father was seriously beaten when she was arrested at his
home,” Sharpe said. “She has a 3-year-old son who was very upset during
the whole scene, so children do see how brutally they manhandle people
in China.”

Bob Fu, president of the China Aid Association, said in a statement that Shi’s case is not an isolated incident.

“This is another case of religious persecution in the 2008
Summer Olympics host city, Beijing, in the name of so-called illegal
publication,” said Fu, a former pastor of both Shi and his wife in
Beijing. “We urge the international community to pressure the Chinese
government to respect the rule of law and release Mr. Shi immediately.”

Zhang, Shi’s wife, has been detained for interrogation twice
about Christian literature found in their home and in Shi’s office and
store. PSB officials have threatened to arrest Zhang again, and she and
her two daughters have gone into hiding. About 20 officers first raided
their home at 5 a.m. on November 28.

One of the couple’s daughters, 7-year-old En Mei, was born in
the United States and holds a U.S. passport. As a result, U.S. Embassy
personnel have told family members they will try to make contact with
Shi. The couple’s other daughter is 11.

Christian sources said the family is concerned that Shi may be
facing danger of diabetic shock. Authorities have provided no
information to the family about his medical condition. PSB officials
have been known to use deprivation and torture to force detainees to
reveal information about others.


Sharpe said Shi, an active Christian, has shied away from
China’s registered, Three-Self Patriotic Movement church as he had
heard horror stories from friends in the legal church.

“He has a number of friends who have suffered and been pressured by the government church,” Sharpe said.

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anonymous  January 01, 2008 6:17 AM

By: Dr. James Dobson ,Focus on the Family , September 1997
"More Christians have been martyred in this century than in the previous 19 combined."
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China "Tortures" House Church Official As Part Of Christmas Crackdown, Group Says
Chinese police detained and tortured a key official of an umbrella group representing the rapidly growing underground house churches in China, as part of a Christmas season crackdown on devoted Christians, an advocacy group with close knowledge about the situation said Wednesday, December 19.
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anonymous  January 01, 2008 6:05 AM

China's Christians suffer for their faith
By Kate McGeown
BBC News

"They hung me up across an iron gate, then they yanked open the gate and my whole body lifted until my chest nearly split in two. I hung like that for four hours."

That is how Peter Xu Yongze, the founder of one of the largest religious movements in China, described his treatment during one of five jail sentences on account of his belief in Christianity.

Peter Xu Yongze
Peter Xu Yongze was in jail for a total of eight years
Mr Xu, 61, is not the only Chinese Christian to suffer for his faith. Both Catholics and Protestants have long complained of persecution by the Communist authorities, and human rights groups claim the problem is getting worse.

According to the Jubilee Campaign, an interdenominational lobby group, about 300 Christians are in detention in China at any one time, and that number is set to rise.

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anonymous  January 01, 2008 6:02 AM

Reporting from Zhongxiang, Kristof gives a real-life account: "She never broke when she was tortured with beatings and electrical shocks, and even when she was close to death she refused to disclose the names of members of her congregation or sign a statement renouncing her Christian faith.

"But now, months later, Ma Yuqin abruptly chokes and her eyes well with tears as she recounts her worst memory: As she was being battered in one room, her son was tortured in the next so that each could hear the other's screams, as encouragement to betray their church.

"’They wanted me to hear his cries,’ she said, sobbing. ‘It broke my heart.’

"Ms. Ma, a steel-willed woman of 54, was brave enough to tell her story of the persecution that Christians sometimes still face in China. Dozens of members of her church are still imprisoned, and those free are under tight scrutiny, but several church members dared to meet me for a tense interview after we all sneaked one by one into an unwatched farmhouse near Zhongxiang, a city in central China, 650 miles south of Beijing."

Note that this data is from The New York Times and not an evangelical publication.

FROM an article written by J. Grant Swank Jr.

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anonymous  January 01, 2008 5:54 AM

"The New York Times reports continues: "Secret Communist Party documents say approvingly that 60,000 Chinese were killed, either executed or shot by police while fleeing, between 1998 and 2001. That amounts to 15,000 a year, which suggests that 97 percent of the world's executions take place in China. And it's well documented that scores of Christians . . . have died in police custody."

In other words, China is not as open to Christian worship as some have been led to believe.

According to the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_pers.htm), China has "the two state-sanctioned churches (Catholic Patriotic Assoc., Protestant Three-Self Patriotic Movement) (which) are tightly controlled by the Religious Affairs Bureau of the Chinese government. Members of unregistered house churches are being persecuted. Hundreds of Chinese Christians are in ‘re-education through labor’ camps."

Of course, a "regular citizen" would not be privy to the "re-education labor camps." Therefore, it would be easy for him to conclude that there are none. And surely the government is not going to advertise that they exist. The ordinary citizen may not know that they exist; but if he or she does, that person would not likely make that a topic of conversation. So it is that the persecuted Christians continue to be harmed and slain while life appears to continue "per usual" in many parts of China, thus the deception regarding freedom of religion in that country." From an article by J. Grant Swank Jr.

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CHINA Prominent House Church Leader Repeatedly Beaten by Police – China Aid Association
On October 11, prominent house church leader, Hua Huiqi, was repeatedly attacked by police at his home. According to China Aid Association, "Hua was reading his Bible at his home despite police surrounding his house. He was sent to Beijing Tiantan Hospital, because he lost consciousness after repeated beatings from the police." China's Public Security Bureau (PSB) recently put Hua under house arrest. PSB officers had been surrounding his house when they attacked him. Pastor Hua's 77-year-old mother, Shuang Shuying, remains very ill in prison, serving a two-year sentence. VOM contacts say she is being held hostage by police in order to put pressure on Pastor Hua to reveal names and information of believers. Pray for Hua's speedy recovery and for God to encourage him. Ask the Holy Spirit to convict his attackers and draw them into the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

3 John 1: 2; Psalm 107:20


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Join our campaign to release Chinese Christian prisoner 75-year-old mother Shuang Shuying.

Concern is growing for Shuang, a sick and elderly mother, after Chinese Olympic Games police kicked her, arrested her and detained her. She was later jailed for two years. Observers say it was to punish her son, Pastor Hua Huiqi, who is a human-rights activist and a prominent member of a Beijing underground church.

Hua Huiqi was also detained, but released on July 26 2007 after serving nearly six months' imprisonment.

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PRAYChinese Chrisitian prisoner Shuang Shuing Ask God to protect and bless Shuang Shuying during her detention.

Pray that the Chinese authorities would now make genuine efforts to clean up their nation’s religious rights record.

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Write to the Chinese authorities on Shuang Shuying’s behalf. Address polite letters of concern to Ms Wu Aiying, Minister of the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China, No. 10, Nan Da Jie, Chaoyangmen, Beijing City, 100020, China. Tel:+86-10-65205114. Fax:+86-10-64729863. Please do not mention Release International when you write.

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     September 21, 2007 4:23 AM

    Renowned Beijing Church Leader Cai Zhuohua Released After Three Years Imprisonment for Distributing Bibles; Forced Labor for Olympics Products was Imposed

    by Staff
    September 20, 2007
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    MIDLAND, Texas, (christiansunite.com) -- CAA learned that jailed Beijing house church leader Cai Zhuohua was released on September 10, 2007.

    According to Cai's mother, to whom CAA has talked, pastor Cai arrived at his home at 1pm. He looked well with good spirit although he was not allowed to have or read a bible in the past three years. In his prison, Cai was forced to make soccer balls 10 to 12 hours a day for 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    Pastor Cai asked CAA to thank all the brothers and sisters who have been praying and helping him and his family members during his imprisonment time. "The love of the Lord and the prayers by the saints sustained my life in the prison," said Cai.

    CAA has been helping pastor Cai's legal defense and his family support.

    After his release, Cai was warned not to speak up. He has to report to the PSB office once a month. He was taken to the PSB office again on September 13 and given more warnings and intimidations. "He feels (after PSB talks to him) he won't have any freedom even after his release," said his mother who is also a dedicated house church leader.

    On November 8, 2005 Pastor Cai was sentenced to 3 years in jail on charges relating to "illegal business practices" and fined 150,000 yuan (18,500 USD). His wife Xiao Yunfei was sentenced to two years and fined 120,000 yuan. Her brother Xiao Gaowen was given an 18 month sentence and fined 100,000 yuan.

    Cai was arrested September 11, 2004 at a bus stop, where he was dragged into a van by state security officers. Authorities were shocked to find more than 200,000 pieces of printed Christian literature including Bibles in a storage room managed by Cai. In China, only the Chinese government sanctioned church is allowed to print and distribute bibles.

    In recent years, Chinese authorities have tried house church leaders under Article 225 of China's Criminal Law, which makes it a crime for anyone to commit "illegal acts in business operation and thus disrupt market order." In 1998, the Supreme People's Court issued the Explanation Regarding Certain Questions About the Specific Laws to be Used in Adjudicating Criminal Cases of Illegal Publications, which allows courts to use Article 225 to imprison anyone who "publishes, prints, copies, or distributes illegal publications."

    Another house church leader in Xinjiang Zhou Heng was formally arrested last week for the same charge because he was caught receiving 3 tons of bibles from another city.

    "Since the pastor has already served an unjustified three years sentence, to continue to restrict his freedom of movement is a violation of Chinese own law," said Bob Fu, President of CAA and a former coworker of Pastor Cai. "We urge the international community to continue to press the worsening situation on religious freedom and human rights in China."

    Communicate your concern to the Chinese authority at the following address:

    Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong,
    Embassy of the People's Republic of China
    2300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
    http://www.china-embassy.org/
    TEL: 202-7456743
    Fax: 202- 588-0032; 202-7457473
    Director of Religious Affairs: (202) 328-2512

    Premier Wen Jiabao, PRC
    PO Box 1741, The State Council, Beijing, PRC (zip code 100017)
    Contact Phone: +86-10-66012399
    Email: gazette@mail.gov.cn

    Ms. Wu Aiying, minister of Ministry of Justice of PRC
    Tel: +86-10-65205114
    Fax: +86-10-64729863
    Email: pufamaster@legalinfo.gov.cn
    Address: No. 10, Nan Da Jie, Chaoyangmen, Beijing City (Zip Code: 100020)

    Issued by China Aid Association, Inc. September 14, 2007

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    CHINA - CHRISTIANS THAT ARE PERSECUTED IN CHINA! September 19, 2007 10:07 PM

    Imprisoned Underground Bishop Dies in China

    by Staff
    September 19, 2007
    (christiansunite.com) - Bishop John Han Dingxian (71), an underground Chinese bishop who was repeatedly detained for his faith since 1960 and who was placed in solitary confinement in an unknown location for the past two years, died on September 9.

    His remains were cremated and buried that night. Though he had been ill, the Cardinal Kung Foundation questioned the haste behind the cremation and burial and called it "suspicious."

    Thank the Lord for the faithful service of Bishop Dingxian. Pray that those who mourn for him will find comfort in the fact that those who die in Christ will be raised with Him (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).

    Pray that other imprisoned Christians in China will know that there are those who remember them and who are willing to stand with them as they suffer for Christ.

    For more information on the persecution of Christians in China, go to www.persecution.net/country/china.htm.

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