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Tiananmen Remembered

ICC Note:

Bob Fu reminds Christians to pray for the Church in China as the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square approaches. Fu will tesifty at the Human Right’s Commission today (June 2) in regard to the human rights situation in China. On thursday, a prayer service will be held calling for “repentance for apathy and silence before injustice, for reconciliation and re-formation for a higher calling.”

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6/2/09 China (MNN) June 4, 2009 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, when the Chinese military killed an estimated 2,000-3,000 peaceful demonstrators.

“20 years ago, hundreds of Chinese peaceful protesters, students and citizens in Beijing, were massacred by the Chinese military for their peaceful protest for anti-corruption, democracy, and human rights,” said Bob Fu, president of China Aid Association.

“I was a junior in my college years in 1989,” he explained. “And of course I was very, very disappointed — shocked — when we learned that the Chinese People’s Army shot its own people… But during that time I came to the Lord and was born again. So that’s the direct result of that bloody massacre.”

The government investigated Fu for his role in the protests, and eventually he managed to flee to the United States, where he founded China Aid to promote religious freedom and respect for human dignity in China.

Back in China, the Tiananmen Square massacre resulted in a revival of interest in the Christian faith.

“God brought redemption from that tragedy,” Fu explained. “After 1989, the Gospel in China had reached to many, many, many Chinese intellectuals: students, professors, writers, lawyers… Hundreds of thousands of Chinese intellectuals came to know Christ after the student movement. And even today, the revival continues in the urban areas and the universities in China.”

“Pray for continued protection for those hundreds of Christian pastors who are still in jail and labor camps and Chinese gulag,” Fu requested. “So many churches are still being raided, and some are still suffering from religious persecution; there are 100,000 political prisoners, too. So continue to pray for those prisoners, for their family members, and for continuing spiritual revival in China.”

Together with other former student leaders, Fu will testify on the human rights situation in China at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Congress on Tuesday afternoon. On Thursday, June 4, a special service at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. will commemorate the massacre.

The manifesto calls on Christians to repent of apathy toward the massacre and seek the truth about what happened. It also calls on the Chinese government to take responsibility for its actions, repent of the incident, compensate the victims, and allow exiles to return to the country. Fu said that Christians should pray for the political situation in China.

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