Liangren Pastor Wang Dao Calls for Urgent Prayer Amidst Adversity
ICC Note: A great case exposing injustice and inconsistancy in the Chinese legal system; A letter directly from the pastor
8/18/10 China (ChinaAid) — On August 13, 2010, after a brief detention by people from the Ministry of State Security, Pastor Wang Dao of Liangren Church in Guangzhou contacted ChinaAid President Bob Fu, requesting his assistance in issuing an urgent call for prayer. After translating the document, ChinaAid released the letter to Chinese media earlier today.
Read the full Letter from Pastor Wang Dao, requesting intercessory prayer:
Dear Pastor Fu,
Peace in Christ! Thank you for taking great risks in fighting for the rights of the persecuted Christians in China, including your care and help for Liangren Church of Guangzhou. The rights defense attorneys who work side by side with you are like angels. Wherever there is a need for them, there is their presence! Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for you! May God keep a record of the hard work you have done!
Sometimes, we are too naïve and innocent in believing that we can gather in peace for a while, but the facts have told us that we should not harbor any delusions (about our situation) for Satan. Let me send you information of what we have gone through in the past two days. Following is the intercession message of our church. Please continue to pray for us in our fight! Immanuel!
Your humble brother in Christ,
August 13, 2010
On August 11, under great pressure from the Public Security office in Guangzhou, Zhuying Garden Hotel was forced to unilaterally terminate the rental agreement with Liangren Church. It was a one-year lease contract the Zhuying Garden Hotel had signed with us, of its own initiative, on July 16. However, the agreement was terminated after only one month of existence!
In the past two years starting from May 12, 2008, our church has had to move several dozens of times. Because we could not rent a place, we had to worship outdoors in the open on two Sundays. Because our pastor strongly refuses to stop the house gatherings, he was placed on a 36-day criminal detention on May 8, 2010. On June 13th, as the result of prayers by churches around the world and broad international concern, his sentence was changed to bail-pending-trial.
In the past two days, Pastor Wang has been unreasonably harassed on many occasions in his home in Chengzhong Village, by the Domestic Security Protection Squad, the Luopu Police Station, and other government agencies.
On August 12, five people from the Domestic Security Protection Squad, led by Officer Yang from Luopu Police Station, came to his house and threatened him: If he refused to go to a TSPM (Three-Self) church for his religious activities, they would drive us out of the house we currently rent in Chengzhong Village.