Friday, August 10, 2012

Prisoner of faith: Yang Rongli

Please write a letter of
encouragement to
Yang Rongli.
(Photo: ChinaAid) 
Before dawn on Sunday, September 13, 2009, a crowd of 400 government officials, police and hired ruffians launched an attack on the Linfen-Fushan Church in Shanxi, China.

With no warning, members who were sleeping at the church construction site were mercilessly beaten, with more than 30 left in critical condition. Bulldozers razed the factory and church building, and the mob looted any valuables and smashed the remaining property.

Following the brutal attack, the Fushan governing officials arrested more than 10 Linfen church leaders. One of them included head pastor Yang Rongli.

On November 25, 2009, Yang Rongli was fined and sentenced to seven years in prison.

As Yang Rongli suffers in prison, please consider writing her a letter of encouragement. 

When writing, never mention the name of the source of your information or the name of any organization such as VOM. It is not dangerous for a prisoner to receive letters from individuals, but if an organization is mentioned they may be accused of links with “foreign organizations” and receive harsher sentences. Also, please do not state anything negative about their government.

To compose a letter in Yang Rongli’s own language, please visit To learn more about letter writing, click here.

Please mail your letters to the following address:

Yang Rongli 
c/o Yang Linli Room 101, Fuyuan Central Building
Shuiche Xiang, Xiangyang Road
Linfen City, Shanxi province 041099

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