Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Open Doors: China (Direct Post)

As China deals with the fallout of protests in Tibet and alleged protests in neighboring Xinjiang province, the family of Alimjan Yimit fears that he may be sentenced to death this month after officials accused him of endangering national security. Officials closed Yimit’s business last September and accused him of using it as a cover for “preaching Christianity among people of Uyghur ethnicity.” When they detained him on January 12, they told his family that the arrest was a matter of “national security.”

With the recent crackdown on Tibetan protestors, and an alleged protest in the Uyghur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang that reportedly saw 400 Uyghurs detained by late March, Yimit’s family fears he may be branded as a separatist, a crime punishable by death.
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Please Pray:
  • That the Chinese government officials will have mercy upon Yimit and release him from prison. (Matthew 12:7)

  • That the Uyghur Christians who have been taken from their families and imprisoned on alleged crimes would be cleared of their charges and be released back to their families. (Matthew 5:19)

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