They moved to an area of Pakistan known to be influenced by the Taliban. Despite the danger, Chinese citizens Li Xinheng and Lu Ling Lina felt compelled to share the Gospel in the radicalized area. While studying Urdu, the language spoken in Pakistan, and starting a school in one of the poorest parts of the country, they built relationships with their neighbors. But their witness was not welcomed by some in the city of Quetta. In late May, Li and Lu were taking their lunch break when three armed men dressed as police officers forced them into their vehicle. A third woman, also Chinese, was kidnapped along with them, but it is unclear whether she was released because there wasn’t room in the vehicle or because she escaped and called for help. A Pakistani man saw what was happening and tried to help, but he was shot in the foot by the kidnappers. Li and Lu were held hostage for several days before their executions,which were recorded on video. The self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS)claimed credit for their deaths, and the Pakistani government eventuallycarried out a raid on the ISIS hideout. However, by that time the Islamistshad fled. The Chinese government

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Government persecution against the Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Chengdu continues. On Sunday, Aug. 22, officials arrested 28 people gathered in a home for a worship service. The leaders of the service spent two weeks in jail and were fined. A week later, ERCC church member Zhang Fan, whose wedding was scheduled for Aug. 28, was forced to find a new wedding venue – twice – after officials threatened the venue’s owners.

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As Kyung-ja drifted in and out of consciousness, her head bloodied by repeated blows from a club, she heard her guard shouting words she had never heard in her 56 years of life: “Bible,” “God,” “Jesus.” North Korean Guard: an unlikely Evangelist Kyung-ja understood why the female guard had interrogated her about her latest trip to China and about her daughter’s defection to South Korea, but she couldn’t grasp why she kept asking odd questions about something called Christianity. “I first learned about Christianity from my torturer,” Kyung-ja said. The guard’s confusing and persistent questioning piqued Kyung-ja’s curiosity. At the time of her arrest, she had no belief system or concept of God, but now she had to know what made this Christianity so dangerous. Kyung-ja had been detained twice before for illegally crossing into China. This time, however, was worse. Instead of serving only a few months of “re-education” at a labor camp, she endured repeated torture, most likely because of her daughter’s defection. After brutally beating Kyung-ja for two months, the guard realized she did not have any ties to Christians within North Korea. She then sent Kyung-ja, now a fragile 63 pounds, to a labor camp, and

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Liao Qiang and his family, members of the Early Rain Covenant Church, fled to Taiwan in July 2019 after repeated interrogation and harassment by the police. On June 29, the family of six arrived safely in the United States, where they will apply for asylum. Following the government raid of Early Rain Covenant Church on Dec. 9, 2018, Liao and his family were repeatedly interrogated, constantly surveilled, and harassed by police.

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Although prison officials have officially stated that Wang Yi, pastor of Early Rain Church, is doing well in prison, a source familiar with his condition has said the opposite is true. The source shared that prison authorities are holding the pastor in a highly restricted cell. He is not allowed to have visitors or even speak with other inmates, except for two criminal offenders who are charged with watching him.

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Betty Stam held the baby in her arms, singing softly to this infantchild, all too aware that this was their last night together. Herhusband, John, tied to a bedpost, could not sleep either. Onlytwo weeks ago they had arrived at their mission station with three month-old Helen Priscilla, full of hope, eager for ministry. But on thiswinter night, their quiet lullabies were parting sorrows, for tomorrowthey would die. Betty Scott, daughter of Presbyterian missionaries to China, graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1931. She had already accepted thecall of God to service with the China Inland Mission. The bond she feltwith John Stam, whom she had met at a prayer meeting for China, andtheir mutual decision to serve Christ in the middle of a dangerous civilwar, could not—did not—hold her back. When she was assigned to amission station in the interior, she left for China. She wrote, “When weconsecrate ourselves to God, we think we are making a great sacrifice,and doing lots for Him, when really we are only letting go some littlebitsy trinkets we have been grabbing; and when our hands are empty,He fills them with His treasures.” Stam, meanwhile, finished his training at Moody in 1932. He gavethe

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In June 1900, a fierce nationalist reaction in China against Christianmissionaries and churches claimed more than thirty-two thousandlives. The worst massacres occurred in the northern province ofShanxi. The pregnant Lizzie Atwater wrote a memorable letter homebefore she and six others were martyred. Dear ones, I long for a sight of your dear faces, but I fear weshall not meet on earth. I am preparing for the end very quietly and calmly. The Lord is wonderfully near, and He willnot fail me. I was very restless and excited while there seemeda chance of life, but God has taken away that feeling, and nowI just pray for grace to meet the terrible end bravely. The painwill soon be over, and oh the sweetness of the welcome above!My little baby will go with me. I think God will give it to mein heaven and my dear mother will be so glad to see us. I cannot imagine the Savior’s welcome. Oh, that will compensatefor all these days of suspense. Dear ones, live near to God andcling less closely to earth. There is no other way by which wecan receive that peace from God which passeth understanding. I must keep calm and still these

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