After seven years in prison for her faith, a pastor and leader of a large network of Christians in China was released on Oct. 10.
Yang Rongli, pastor of a megachurch in the northern province of Shanxi, was arrested Sept. 13, 2009, along with her husband, Wang Xiaoguang, while traveling their hometown of Linfen to protest the demolition of a house church. Wang was released Oct. 10, 2012.
During her time at the Shanxi Women’s Prison, Yang suffered from two kidney stones, and developed diabetes and a heart condition. As she suffered, she continued to preach to Christians in the prison and even invited prison officials to listen. Despite everything she has endured, Yang reportedly is positive and bears no resentment.
Before Yang’s arrest, more than 500 police officers and government personnel broke into churches and Christian businesses and beat nearly 100 believers. Ten days later, the government bulldozed numerous buildings and destroyed other church property belonging to the 50,000 member church.
On Nov. 25, 2009, the couple and three others were reportedly convicted of “gathering a mob to disturb public order,” after organizing a prayer rally. Yang was sentenced to seven years and her husband was sentenced to three years in prison. They were fined a total of 40,000 Yuan ($5,860). Five days later, they were ordered to serve in a labor camp for two years.
After her release, Yang disclosed that authorities had attempted to pay her 10 million Yuan ($1,460,515.00) to destroy her church.
Source: China Aid, VOM Sources
Posted: November 21, 2016