Did you know you can actually write letters to Christians who have been arrested because of their faith?
At PrisonerAlert.com, you can write a letter to the
persecuted believer listed each month. This is an opportunity to encourage a
believer imprisoned for their faith in a very personal and direct way.
Just this week, I wrote a quick note to an imprisoned
believer in Afghanistan name Said Musa to encourage him to remain strong. I
also blogged a brief article to help others know of his situation to help
others do something. It took all of 15 minutes.
And in case you’re wondering if letter writing really works,
Voice of the Martyrs shares this success story from China:
On November 8, 2005 Pastor Cai Zhuohua, a prominent Beijing
house church leader was sentenced to three years in jail on charges relating to
‘illegal business practices’ and fined 150,000 yuan (18,500 USD). His wife Xiao
Yunfei was sentenced to two years and fined 120,000 yuan. Her brother Xiao
Gaowen was given an 18 month sentence and fined 100,000 yuan. Just days before
this verdict, a leading Chinese law firm was ordered to suspend all operations
for one year. This firm was actively involved in many human rights cases including
the case of Pastor Cai and family.
Cai was arrested September 11, 2004 at a bus stop, where he was dragged into a
van by state security officers. The prosecution of his case was reportedly
arranged directly by the Department of State Security. Authorities were shocked
to find more than 200,000 pieces of printed Christian literature including
Bibles in a storage room managed by Cai. Even though Pastor Cai had a business
registered with the Chinese government, the business did not have a license to
print religious material. The severe charges were brought against this pastor
and family even though the material was not sold for profit but was given out
China Aid learned that Pastor Cai had been tortured with electric cattle prods
to force a confession after his arrest in September, 2004. The U.S. Embassy
sent an observer to the first hearing for this case held July 2005 but entrance
was denied. Religious persecution by the government appears to be increasing as
the Olympics are approaching.
This information was obtained from China Aid Association, a vital
partner with VOM (www.chinaaid.org). Accessed here.
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). Discover more at DillonBurroughs.org.