Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

The Voice of the Martyrs: China and the Sudan

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) has learned that Pastor Li Dexian, a well-known house church leader in China's Guangdong Province, has once again been arrested for preaching the gospel. The arrest came April 11 in Hua Du. Witnesses said representatives of the Public Security Bureau (PSB) descended on an evangelistic meeting and began shouting that the service was an illegal gathering. The Christians had not petitioned the government for permission to gather for the house church meeting. Pastor Li, his wife, Zhao Xia, and four other church members were apprehended and taken to the local police station for questioning. Police questioned Li and the five others for several hours and then released all of the Christians except Li. Pastor Li is expected to be held at least until April 25th--the mandatory period that he can be detained without charges. Li has been arrested at least twenty times during the past three years.

The VOM also reports that a potential humanitarian disaster is brewing in the remote Northeast Upper Nile region of Sudan. Servant's Heart, an American-based mission, informed VOM that recent attacks by the government of Sudan have virtually destroyed the food supplies and seed stock in the region, placing the lives of at least 60,000 Sudanese civilians (many of whom are Christians) in severe jeopardy. Dennis Bennett, executive director of Servant's Heart said, "If the food and seed is not immediately replaced, the government of Sudan will kill thousands of defenceless civilians in a slow and horrific manner." VOM reports that attacks by the Sudanese government have continued despite an agreement to stop targeting civilian food supplies or hospitals. The Voice of the Martyrs hopes to partner with Servant's Heart in assisting the people of the Northeast Upper Nile by providing 100 metric tons of grain to the region before the rainy season starts in late May. (From The Voice of the Martyrs Ð Religion Today)

This has been brought to our attention before, but please continue to pray for our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters.

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