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10/14/2005

CHINESE CHURCH PERSECUTION

House Church Pastor and Evangelist Arrested in Henan
October 4, 2005

From China Aid Association
Midland, Texas (CAA, 10-4-2005)—Mr. Ma Shulei, a full time house church evangelist, was arrested in Mianchi County, Sanmenxia City, Henan Province, along with his 58-year-old father, Mr. Ma Yinzhou, who is a house church pastor.

On September 26, 2005, Mr. Ma Shulei returned home from Yunnan Province to visit his father. Someone immediately reported this information to the police. When the police arrived, Mr. Ma Shulei was not at home. Therefore, the police arrested his father Pastor Ma Yinzhou, and forced him to reveal his son’s whereabouts. To save his father, Mr. Ma Shulei turned himself in October 2. However, his father was not released and both are now in police custody.

In 2002, Mr. Ma Shulei and his father were detained in Beijing for more than 40 days after a church leader’s meeting was raided by the police. Later they were put on probation and ordered to report to the police every five days. Instead of following the probation order, Mr. Ma Shulei went into Yunnan Province as a house church missionary. Mr. Ma Shulei graduated from a Chinese seminary in Myanmar in 2002.

“To hold the father in order to arrest the son is certainly a very harsh tactic to use against two innocent individuals.” said Bob Fu, “We urge the Chinese government to immediately release Pastor Ma and his son.”

Voice Of The Martyrs would like you to write a polite letter of protest on the behalf of Mr. Ma Shulei and Mr. Ma Yinzhou. Send to:

Embassy of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador
2300 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 328-2500
Fax: (202) 588-0032

4 Comments:

Blogger Fruitcake said...

I think I remember hearing about these guys in 2002. Reading VOM's newletters grieves me.

Bob Fu's quote made me think something in reverse about God incarnate....

10/13/2005  
Blogger Nancy Tyler said...

I get updates on the persecuted church from around the world and sometimes I can barely stand to read them because they shame me. They remind me of what a comfortable wimp I am compared to these genuinely suffering saints. All the more reason to read though, huh? To read and to pray and to act...

n

10/14/2005  
Blogger Amy said...

Thanks for calling attention to this Shaun.

10/14/2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The persecuted church is something that I have been burdened about for a while. It's hard to believe how lucky I am. I live in a country where the worst thing I have to face as a Christian is being made fun of because I don't go out drinking, or someone teasing me about my faith. These brave people face imprisonment and execution. They could lose their family and everything they own; but, usually, they still stand up for Christ, even though they know what could happen to them. It makes me feel ashamed that I gripe over stupid things in my church when there are people who just want to be able to go to church. They're trying to witness to as many people as they can, and I'm sitting in my comfortable pew not doing much at all. This is something that I'm trying to get my class at burdened about. We're organizing a program about the Underground Church, and I'm hoping that they will see how lucky they are and the difference that the letters written to these countries, really can help. I teach a group of people (highschool seniors through college) who really only seem to care and worry about is whether they have the latest fashions and hairstyles. It's sickening because I'm not any older then they are. Actually, I'm not much older then the highschool seniors (I'm only 19). I'm so glad I'm not like them. I have more important things to worry about, and they need to find that out for themselves. I'm hoping our program will open their eyes a little. Anyway, I've ranted out my thoughts enough and probably went off topic. If anyone has made it to the end, congratulations. Kelli

10/16/2005  

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