Monday, February 20, 2012

House church leader released from prison in China

Praise God that Shi Enhao was released early!
Photo: ChinaAid Association
Shi Enhao, a house church pastor and vice president of the Chinese House Church Alliance, was unexpectedly released from a labour camp on January 20, reports ChinaAid Association. At last report, the legal basis for his early release was not yet known.

Pastor Shi was sentenced to two years of "re-education through labour" in July 2011 for "illegal meetings and illegal organizing of venues for religious meetings" (for more, click here). Following his arrest, police ordered Pastor Shi's house church, which has several thousand members and meets in various locations, to stop gathering. They also confiscated instruments, choir robes, a car, and 140,000 Yuan (approximately $20,900 CAD) in donations from the church.

Praise God for Pastor Shi's release from prison!
  • Pray that the Lord will meet every need of this pastor and his family.
  • Pray that believers in Pastor Shi's church will be encouraged to continue to meet together despite opposition (Hebrews 10:23-25).
  • Pray that the gospel will continue to advance in China.
Please visit the China Country Report to learn more about China's suffering Christians.

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