China’s communist party continued to show its intent to intimidate and control China’s Christians, especially, house church Christians in its sentencing of house church pastor Wang Yi. Within the last 24 hours China’s criminal court finally revealed its verdict from the secret trial of pastor Wang Yi that was held last week, December the 26th.
It was announced yesterday that Pastor Wang has been sentenced to nine years in prison and fined 50,000 RMB ($9,344.69 CAD) by a Chinese court for inciting subversion of state power and other crimes. In addition to his jail term, Pastor Wang will be stripped of his political rights for the next three years.
The charges against Pastor Wang sound quite official – the subversion of state power by operating an illegal business – until you discover the truth – he was simply pastoring a house church that refused to register with the government. His Christian beliefs in God, and his bold stance on ministry made him (and his church) too dangerous to allow to continue. Chinese authorities needed to make him an example to strike fear into the hearts of house church Christians across China.
Pastor Wang, his wife and a large number of his house church were arrested in December 2018. Since then an additional 200 members of his house church have at times been arrested by authorities and jailed. His wife Jiang Rong, remains under “residential surveillance” with her young son and is restricted from sharing what her family is going through.
Just one month ago, Qin Defu, one of the elders from this house church was also sentenced to prison for four years.
While China’s constitution guarantees religious freedom, the actual practice of that in real life is viewed through the lens of an atheistic perspective of the communist party that believes there is no God.
Sadly, the situation for many throughout China and Asia is also one of desperation. They value the prayers and financial support from partners in the western world.
With 2019 coming to a close tonight, be sure to send a special year-end gift for ministry in Asia. Your gift can be an answer to someone’s prayer by your standing in the gap for them! Your partnership with AsiaLink enables us to see God at work. There is no better time to invest in lives and ministry than at this moment!
Here a number of projects that you can impact by your year-end gift.
WHERE MOST NEEDED
We all want to make a difference with our lives through what we invest in and pray for. Your gift to “Where Most Needed” enables and equips AsiaLink Ministries with the resources to respond to urgent needs and to fulfill our mission of ministering in Asia. By donating to this fund you strengthen those areas of ministry that are underfunded and in critical need. THANK YOU for empowering AsiaLink to keep in step with what God is doing in Asia.
SUFFERING MARTYRS FUND…
Throughout China and Asia Christians are often the number one target for beatings, arrest, torture and imprisonment. This fund assists those Christian workers or their families who are suffering as a result of the abuse they have had to endure. A gift of $35 a month will help support them while they heal.
To the surprise of Iranian religious leaders Christianity is growing faster in the Islamic Republic of Iran than in any other country in the world. More Iranians have come to faith in Jesus in the last 20 years than in the previous 1,300 years. It costs $970 ($80.83 a month) to equip and train a future Christian leader in this closed nation that is desperate for Bible teaching. Help train a future pastor for only $80.83 a month. Sponsor them for a month – 2 months or even half a year!
It’s difficult to get printed Bibles into Islamic Iran, so our partners distribute God’s Word on little micro-chips instead. No bigger than a fingernail, each microchip contains a copy of the Bible and costs $7 to produce and ship. $35 provides 5 Bibles!
NORTH KOREA FOOD
According to the UN two out of every five people in North Korea are undernourished and 70% (18 million people) of North Korea require food assistance to survive, including 1.3 million children under the age of 5. For only $10.75 a month or $129 a year you can feed a North Korean child 6 days a week for an entire month or for an entire year.
ASIA MISSIONS SUPPORT FUND…
This fund assists evangelists, church planters and workers throughout Asia who are hampered from fulfilling the call of God on their life by a lack of finances. You can help support one of these dedicated workers by giving $45 a month.
BIBLES FOR CHINA AND ASIA
With the continued and rapid growth of China’s persecuted church the need for Bibles remains ever present. Each Bible costs $3.30 to print and deliver inside China. In other regions of Asia the cost to print and deliver a Bible is $4.75.
BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL…
One of the most effective and secure ways for evangelizing in the Muslim world is through our Correspondence School. Each lesson helps introduce a Biblical understanding of the need of making a commitment to follow Christ. $21 will enable one student to complete the entire 7 courses and discover God’s purpose for their life.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
In order to elevate woman from a Biblical perspective AsiaLink hosts several conferences a year to minister and empower women with the message of Christ. To sponsor a women to attend is just $3.75. To sponsor an entire conference for 400 to 600 women is approximately $2,400.
APOLOGETIC SEMINARS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD…
Christian young people living in a Muslim society are under extreme pressure to give up their Christian faith. For over 10 years AsiaLink has challenged Christian and Muslim young adults with the unique claims of Christ by utilizing gifted apologetic speakers and conferences. A gift of $100 by 24 people would sponsor one of these powerful conferences.