WEA Leaders Meet with Chinese Government Minister and Church Representatives during China Visit

New York, NY – May 14, 2012

On May 10th, Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) which represents some 600 million Evangelical Protestants, met in Beijing with Minister Wang of the Chinese government who is Director General of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA).

The two hour meeting focused on issues of mutual concern to the Chinese Government, the China Christian Council (CCC) and the WEA. Building on previous visits, a small delegation from the WEA met to continue in dialogue on matters of importance to Christians both in China and the world.

This meeting culminated a series of meetings which began in Shanghai with senior leaders of both the CCC and the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM). The dialogue covered a wide range of topics, including the challenges of rapid church growth, Bible engagement, business ethics, religious liberty, gendercide, and human trafficking. Along with Dr. Tunnicliffe were Dr. Brian Stiller (WEA Global Ambassador) and Rev. Godfrey Yogarajah (Executive Director, Religious Liberty Commission). Continue reading “WEA Leaders Meet with Chinese Government Minister and Church Representatives during China Visit”

China’s Prison Slaves

Once an isolationist communist state, over the last 20 years China has become the world’s biggest exporter of consumer goods. But behind this apparent success story is a dark secret – millions of men and women locked up in prisons and forced into intensive manual labour. Continue reading “China’s Prison Slaves”

God Is Red – Book of the Year for 2011

God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China, by Liao Yiwu, was declared the Book of The Year for 2011 by Books & Culture, the cultural magazine published by Christianity Today.

This is a remarcable book, given that it is written by a non-Chriostian. Here is how the book is introduced on the Amazon website:

When journalist Liao Yiwu first stumbled upon a vibrant Christian community in the officially secular China, he knew little about Christianity. In fact, he’d been taught that religion was evil, and that those who believed in it were deluded, cultists, or imperialist spies. But as a writer whose work has been banned in China and has even landed him in jail, Liao felt a kinship with Chinese Christians in their unwavering commitment to the freedom of expression and to finding meaning in a tumultuous society.

Unwilling to let his nation lose memory of its past or deny its present, Liao set out to document the untold stories of brave believers whose totalitarian government could not break their faith in God, including:

Liao Yiwu – Christianity in China: God Is Red

Liao Yiwu: Christianity in China: God Is Red.

This is a very interesting, even moving, article on the survival of Christianity in communist China.

An Urgent Request from Archbishop Malkhaz

I have received from Baptist Archbishop Malkhaz in Georgia the following urgent request for help. Since I am not able to help in this case through the World Vision channels, I have asked his permission, and received it, to put the request on my blog, in case someone feels moved by the Spirit to help in this. Thanks.

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Dear Danut,

When you are experiencing  a crises you think of your friends. This is one of those moments that I thought of you.

I don’t believe you have ever met the people I am going to tell you about.

I am writing concerning a young Georgian scholar and bible translator, Misha, 25 years old. He has recently gained theology master’s degree from the Tbilisi State University. Continue reading “An Urgent Request from Archbishop Malkhaz”

Timothy Tennent about the Church in India and China

A really prophetic call. When China will open up we will be faced not only with the surprise of explosive growth in the church there, but also with a lot of pathologies. Preparing for the opening in the (hopefully) near future is just wise.

Nevertheless, I also hope that the western church will not try to impose on the church in China and India practices and tools that did not work there.

And, I am trying to say this for some time now, probably one of the most important skills that Chinese Christians will need to acquire is that of cultural anthropology. If they don’t, in spite of their best intentions, future Chinese missionaries will be worse in their cultural imperialism than British missionaries in the 19th century, American missionaries in the 20th century and Korean missionaries in the 21st. Continue reading “Timothy Tennent about the Church in India and China”

WEA Calls Us to Pray for Shouwang Church in Beijing, China

The WEA wishes to express its concern over the recent incidents related to Shouwang Church and the local authorities, and calls upon its member constituency to pray for a peaceful resolution to the situation.

The unsuccessful bid by Shouwang Church to secure their preferred place of worship led its members to express their frustration by choosing to worship outdoors the past three Sunday mornings, which resulted in the arrest and subsequent release of its members by local authorities. That has created an environment of conflict and mistrust. Continue reading “WEA Calls Us to Pray for Shouwang Church in Beijing, China”

Urgent Call to Prayer for a Chinese Church

Here is the message I have just received from the top leaders of the Lausanne Movement.

Dear Lausanne Leader,

We’re writing to ask for your urgent prayers for Beijing Shouwang Church this coming Sunday, 10th April.  Please see the links below for more information on this situation.

The church has again been forced out of their space and has decided to worship outdoors in the park on Sunday.  Church leaders are asking Christians around the world for prayer support during this time.  Their prayer requests are as follows: Continue reading “Urgent Call to Prayer for a Chinese Church”

The Story of Alimujiang, an Uyghur Christian in China arrested for his faith

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Linfen Church – A case of persecution in communist China

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On September 13, the world-shaking “913 Fushan Incident” occurred.

At 4:00 a.m. on September 13, 2009, nearly 400 local policemen and government officials broke into Linfen Church’s meeting place, “The Good News Shoe Factory.” They attacked believers and destroyed the church property, including several church buildings. There were dozens of Christians injured that night, but the local government did not allow them to receive medical treatment.

On September 25, Yang Rongli and six other church members were kidnapped by the police on their way to petition about the incident.

At the same time, almost all the church members were monitored 24/7, or put under house arrest by police — the situation was deteriorating.

On October 11, nine church members, including Yang Rongli, were put under criminal detention.

On October 29, Chinese human rights attorneys testified on the state of religious freedom in China, including the case of Linfen Church.

On November 25, 2009, Linfen Raodu People’s Court opened session.

The session lasted from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and had 2 breaks. In all, the defendants’ families were only given 4 attendance tickets.

At 10 p.m., Yang Rongli, Wang Xiaoguang, Zhang Huamei, Yang Xuan, and Cui Jiaxing were sentenced to 3 – 7 years of imprisonment by the court.

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See more details on the HelpLinfen website.

Gao Zhisheng – Speaking from My Heart

ChinaAid has published recently an unknown text of the Chinese Christian dissident Gao Zhsheng, who is emprisoned by the communist regime in China for his defense of human rights in that country.

This text, which was discovered not long ago by Gao’s wife among his papers, and was carried by her to the US, when she escaped from China, is an introduction to a text entitled ‘Dark Night, Dark Hood and Kidnapping by Dark Mafia‘, published in January 2009, in which Gao describes the terrible experience of is 50 days of torture, in 2007, during his first emprisonment.

The text of the introduction was published in the US just a few days before the visit of Chinese President, Hu Jintau to that country. Here is the text: Continue reading “Gao Zhisheng – Speaking from My Heart”

700 Days since Gao Zhisheng, the ‘Conscience of China’, disappeared

This is real face of Chinese communist ‘democracy’. Continue reading “700 Days since Gao Zhisheng, the ‘Conscience of China’, disappeared”

Fratele Yun – Omul ceresc – Marturia

Continue reading “Fratele Yun – Omul ceresc – Marturia”

Liu Xiaobo on Freedom in China

Liu Xiaobo – Acordarea premiului Nobel pentru pace – Update

Urmaresc chiar in acest moment emotionanta ceremonie de acordare, in absentia, a premiului Nobel pentru pace pe 2010 disidentului chinez Liu Xiaobo.

Rusine Romaniei care, din ratiuni eminamente economice si politice, a cedat presiunilor regimului comunist chinez, nu este reprezentata la acest eveniment la nivel de ambaador, asa cum s-ar fi cuvenit (zezi AICI). Continue reading “Liu Xiaobo – Acordarea premiului Nobel pentru pace – Update”

How Many Christians Are There In China?

Source: Asia Harvest

Paul Hattaway, from Asia Harvest, has put together a most interesting document on the number of Christians in China.

Read HERE the essay of Paul Hattaway.

Free day today at Lausanne III Congress

Today we did not have meetings at the Lausanne Congress.  Participants used this opportunity for tourism or for visiting different projects.

I was involved in a pilgrimage that explored the South African experience of reconciliation after apartheid. We had a very moving experience and I have taken lots of notes. I am, however, way too tired to transcribe them tonight and I plan, anyway, to put them here some time soon into Romanian, because of their relevance for the Romanian post-communist context. Until then, HERE is a summary of this event, from the blog of Chris Rice.

Talking about the devil, I have also found out that the cyber attack against the congress IT system came from China. No surprise with that. There is only one kind of good communists. You know which.

Liu Xiaobo – The Nobel Peace Prize 2010

The Nobel Prize Foundation annunced that Liu Xiaobo has been awarded

The Nobel Peace Prize 2010

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Rowan Williams visiting China

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to visit China for the first time later this year.

Dr Williams will visit five cities, including the capital Beijing, after being invited by senior Protestant church leaders in China.

He will meet religious and business leaders as well as government officials to discuss challenges facing the Church and society, he said in a statement. Read on…

Massive Wave of Resignations from the Chinese Communist Party

Quit the Chinese Communist Party Movement

“Throughout its 80-plus years, everything the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) has touched has been marred with lies, wars, famine, tyranny, massacre and terror. Traditional faiths and principles have been violently destroyed. Original ethical concepts and social structures have been disintegrated by force. Empathy, love and harmony among people have been twisted into struggle and hatred. Veneration and appreciation of the heaven and earth have been replaced by an arrogant desire to “fight with heaven and earth.” The result has been a total collapse of social, moral and ecological systems, and a profound crisis for the Chinese people, and indeed for humanity. All these calamities have been brought about through the deliberate planning, organization, and control of the CCP.” (- Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party)

Continue reading “Massive Wave of Resignations from the Chinese Communist Party”

Free Gao Zhisheng Campaign

Gao Zhisheng is a well known Chinese Christian dissident. As a human rights lawyer, he defended many Chinese who have been persecuted for their faith by the Chinese communist government.

After being freed some weeks ago, he went missing again, being seen last in the presence of Chinese secret agents. His life is definitely in danger, as you could see in the following re-enactment of his arrest and torture. (Be prepared for a real-life experience of the ‘communist heaven’).

Continue reading “Free Gao Zhisheng Campaign”

Chinese Secret Police Makes Gao Zhisheng Disappear Again

On April 6, Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng thought he could return to a normal life after 13 months of imprisonment.  But his “release” was a farce to please the international media, and on April 20 Gao disappeared again, last seen with four policemen, Compass Direct News (CDN) reported. Continue reading “Chinese Secret Police Makes Gao Zhisheng Disappear Again”

Missing Human Rights Attorney Gao Zhisheng Confirmed ‘Alive’

On 2 October 2009 I was writing on this blog about the arrest of the Chinese Christian dissident Gao Zhisheng. Since then, his wife and children, who live in the US have not heard from him. There were rumors that he was tortured and even killed by the Chinese secret police. Knowing the cruelty of the Chinese ‘democratic’ government, such rumors were very plausible.

Today, however, I have received news that he is alive. Thanks be to God. Here is the announcement from the ChinaAid web site: Continue reading “Missing Human Rights Attorney Gao Zhisheng Confirmed ‘Alive’”

Liu Xiaobo – 11 ani inchisoare

HotNews anunta in 25 decembrie ca disidentul chinez Liu Xiaobo a fost condamnat la unsprezece ani de inchisoare pentru rolul activ jucat in elaborarea si semnarea documentului Carta 08 (cititi AICI textul cartei), care pledeaza pentru libertate politica si democratizare in China.

Procesul a fost, ca mai intotdeauna in ‘democratiile’ comuniste, o mascarada judiciara, cu scop pur propagandistic. Protestele lumii civilizate au fost intimpinate cu aceeasi aroganta fatarnica. Continue reading “Liu Xiaobo – 11 ani inchisoare”

China’s ‘Conscience’ Missing in Action

Gao Zhisheng
Gao Zhisheng

Eight years ago, China’s Ministry of Justice named Gao Zhisheng, a brilliant, mostly self-educated man, one of the country’s top ten lawyers. In 2008, Gao received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for his human-rights advocacy work. Then, less than a year later, Gao disappeared when security police spirited him away.

Often called “the conscience of China,” the 45-year-old Christian gained worldwide acclaim for his defense of workers, political activists, and religious groups. Todd Nettleton, spokesman for Voice of the Martyrs, said Gao had the “audacity” to tell the world how poorly China treats its people. In 2005, Gao criticized China’s torture of adherents of Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese religion, and his comments triggered a brutal response. For over seven weeks in 2007, police tortured Gao with cigarette burns and electric batons, threatening to kill him.

 (Read HERE the rest of the article.)

Cele mai putin libere locuri din lume


Săptămânalul Foreign Policy publica pe 2 iulie un remarcabil fotoreportaj intitulat  “The Least Free Places on Earth”.

Vă invit să citiţi AICI textul scurt şi incisiv. Şi, mai ales, să vedeţi fotografiile extrem de relevante.

Continue reading “Cele mai putin libere locuri din lume”

Chinezi abandonati in Romania pretins crestina


Credit: Christian Silva/JURNALUL NAŢIONAL

Atunci când, în 20.11.08 atrăgeam atenţia AICI asupra exploatării nemiloase a muncitorilor chinezi, trataţi ca nişte sclavi în România “creştină”, am părimit apostrofări şi ameninţări.

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Pan Yue – Eroul ecologist al Chinei

China nu este nicidecum un bastion al ecologismului. Creşterea economică rapidă şi lipsa de preocupare a guvernanţilor comunişti chinezi pentru mediu au adus această ţară în pragul dezastrului ecologic.

Din fericire însă nu totul este întunecat în ce priveşte grija pentru natură în această ţară. Astfel, în ultimii ani, o serie de măsuri legale au început să schimbe, încetul cu încetul, perspectivele societăţii chineze în această problemă.

Continue reading “Pan Yue – Eroul ecologist al Chinei”

Sa fi venit oare magii din China?

The Adoration of the Magi – He Qi, China

În ultima vreme există speculaţii potrivit cărora este posibil ca cel puţin unul dintre magii care s-au închinat pruncului Isus în Betleem, la câteva luni de la naşterea lui, să fi fost chinez.

Continue reading “Sa fi venit oare magii din China?”

Omul ceresc (12)

In drum spre vest

Deodată un tânăr a ieşit din mulţime şi a întrebat: „Tu eşti fratele Yun? Fraţii şi surorile noastre postesc şi se roagă pentru tine de trei zile. Noi dorim să vii în mijlocul nostru să ne predici Evanghelia. Avem foarte mare nevoie de tine în satul nostru.”

Tânărul mi-a zis numele, vârsta şi satul său natal. Am fost profund mişcat şi i-am promis: „Voi veni în satul tău mâine.”

În zorii zilei i-am chemat în grabă mare pe părinţii mei şi le-am spus că voi predica Evanghelia pentru că aşa mi-a poruncit Isus Cristos. Mama m-a întrebat unde aveam de gând să merg. I-am răspuns: „Aseară Dumnezeu mi-a vorbit de trei ori. El mi-a zis: <<Du-te spre sud şi spre vest să predici Evanghelia>>. Eu mă voi supune chemării divine.”

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