Published On: Wed, Feb 12th, 2014

China releases three Christians prisoners as Pastor Zhang Shaojie heads to court

China’s persecution of Christians continues, but Pastor Zhang Shaojie will finally move one step closer to determining his fate as The Voice of the Martyrs USA report that Pastor Zhang is scheduled for a criminal trial today.

Zhang Shaojie

Zhang Shaojie

Late last month, three of the imprisoned church members were released. One of these women, Zhao Xiping, is still looking for her husband, Wu Guishan, who was taken by authorities when trying to appeal his case. While both parents were imprisoned, their eldest child dropped out of school so she could attempt to find her dad.

The youngest was sent to an orphanage. Zhao’s husband is included in the nine church members who are still in prison.

Pastor Zhang Shaojie’s oldest daughter was forced to move because her family’s life was threatened. The youngest daughter was held in a detention center briefly. The family’s home received attacks including the slashing of vehicle tires and the cutting off of internet access.

They had spoken out against the government’s treatment of Christians and explaining charges made as “organizing and using an evil cult to obstruct the law.”

Nanle County Christian Church calls for prayers: “Pray for strength and encouragement and comfort for Zhang and his family. Pray for perseverance for the church. Pray that God’s will would be done.”


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