An Amazing Answer to Prayer in China!
Last night, Pastor Zhang was released from prison. This was an amazing answer to prayer, as Pastor Zhang had been incarcerated nearly for seven years.
Pastor Zhang, of the China for Christ church, was arrested without charge in December 2004, in Zhengzhou, Henan province. The house church leader had been detained five times before and had already spent a total of 12 years in prison. His first imprisonment began in 1974, and he spent seven years in the Xi Hua labor camp after being sentenced under the crime of “counter-revolution under the guise of religion.”
He was moved to the prison in Kaifeng after he was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment in June 2006 for “illegally crossing the national border and fraudulently obtaining a passport.” His wife, Chen Hongxian was only allowed to visit her husband in the prison once a month, traveling two or three hours to get there. She was the only official visitor that had been permitted to see Pastor Zhang for several years.
Pastor Zhang suffers from several chronic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. He suffered a stroke in July 2007 which paralyzed half his body, but his condition has improved since then.
Over the past several years in prison, Pastor Zhang has continued to witness to many prisoners and introduced many to Christ. He said, “There are former high-ranking officers (at the governor’s level) that are prisoners in my cell. I would never have thought I would be able to talk to these people for hours, even days at a time, about the Gospel and the house church movement. Their hearts were hard, but now they have softened and they received Jesus as their personal savior. That is the reason I was placed in prison!”
After the cellmates of Pastor Zhang were released from prison, they called his wife, to express gratitude for their new life in Christ.
Thank you Lord for setting your wonderful servant free!