and Christian activist Li Ying was released from prison in China on Dec. 25,
2011, just three years shy of completing a 15-year sentence she received
because of her work on an underground Christian magazine. Li was arrested in
April 2001 along with 16 others from the South China Church.
Aid Association founder and president Bob Fu spoke with Li on Friday, Feb. 10.
Li is very grateful for the support she received from around the world. She
told Fu that she was aware of the many letters she had received but that
authorities never let her see the letters. Li reiterated her thanks to her
a great answer to prayer,” said Todd Nettleton, Director of Media Development
for The Voice of the Martyrs. “We thank the Lord that Li Ying is alive and out
condemned to death in Dec. 2001, but the judgment was revised to a 15-year
prison sentence by the Hubei Provincial Supreme Court in October 2002. During
her time in prison, she was reportedly forced to work 15 hours a day on
products for export. Her visits with her family were also strictly limited, and
she was not allowed to have a Bible.
is the niece of Pastor Gong Shengliang, founder of the South China Church, one
of the fastest growing house-church movements in China. She has been arrested
several times and also spent a year in prison in 1996. Her story was featured
on www.prisoneralert.com, which allows concerned
Christians to write letters of encouragement to imprisoned Christians. Since
2004, more than 11,400 letters were written to Li through the website.
“Li Ying was one of
the very first prisoners that we featured on PrisonerAlert,” said Nettleton.
“And even though she was not allowed to see the letters, we know that prison
officials and Chinese authorities knew that her case was being watched. They
knew that the world had not forgotten her.”
Posted: February 24, 2012