Praise Report for Alimjan Yimit in China!
A little over a year ago, we wrote about to Alimjan Yimit, a Uyghur Christian from China, on the blog. He was the leader of a house church in Kashgar. The Chinese government initially accused him of separatism and illegal religious infiltration, but these charges were later changed to “collecting and selling intelligence for overseas organizations.” One of Alimjan’s lawyers confirmed that, “religion lies at the heart of this case.” On October 27th, 2009 Alimjan was sentenced to 15 years in an Urumqi jail. Out of the ashes of this devastation, we have a huge praise report to share with you- Alimjan’s family is rejoicing because Alimjan’s wife’s mother has become a believer. Join us as we praise the Lord with them! Gulnur, Alimjan’s wife, is also doing well. She has found a new job, and is encouraged by the many prayers of brothers and sisters from around the world, as well as by local Christians. According to reports Alimjan is doing reasonably well in prison. He has a good reputation with other inmates and the authorities. He has been put to work in the textile department and is weaving sweaters. Physically it is not an extremely demanding job. He sends his greetings to all friends and unknown supporters all around the world! Alimjan’s mother, wife and children are only allowed to visit- once a month at best. The visits usually take place through the window, except on occasional holidays. We asked for your prayers for Gulnur, his wife, who faces the daily challenges of bringing up the two sons on her own. While Alimjan’s circumstances have not changed, we covet your prayers that God will watch over this family. We ask that you pray for God to keep them under His protection, and to restore them. We thank God that He considers Alimjan worthy to suffer for Him. And pray for supernatural joy for Alimjan, Gulnur and the Christians in northwest China.