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In the Trenches[From my friends at Open Door USA]

It
was a day Pastor Alimjan had been waiting, hoping and praying for.
After more than two years of imprisonment in China’s autonomous Xinjiang
Province, Alimjan was finally granted permission to see his family.

Arriving at the prison, Alimjan’s wife Gulner and their two small
children were told to wait by a glass partition. Soon thereafter, a
gaunt man was escorted to the other side of the screen. Despite being
noticeably thinner, Gulner of course knew the face of her beloved
husband. Sadly, Alimjan and Gulner soon realized that the same was not
true for their son–after such a long time apart, and at his young age,
he no longer recognized his father. “He could only stare at the strange
man, separated from him by a wall of glass,” says a friend of the
family.

Alimjan and Gulner desperately need your prayers for strength and
perseverance as their separation continues. Though lawyers are working
on Alimjan’s appeal case, progress is slow and he remains sentenced to
15 years imprisonment for “leaking state secrets.” Meanwhile, Gulner is
left to care for the children alone. She has been granted permission to
visit Alimjan for just 20 minutes each month.

You can write to Alimjan and Gulner to assure them of your love and
prayers. Please visit opendoorsUSA.org to download our letter-writing
guide.

 

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DILLON
BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith.
Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has
investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books
include “Undefending Christianity,” “Not in My Town” (with Charles J.
Powell), and “Thirst No More” (October 2011). Discover more at
DillonBurroughs.org.

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