Detained Taiwanese American Pastor Returns to the States

10/10/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – A Taiwanese American pastor is on his way back to the U.S., after being detained by the Chinese government for six months.

China Aid reports that Los Angeles-based pastor Michael Yu was released by the Shanghai Public Security Bureau on October 9. He was among those who were taken into custody on April 9, when Shanghai’s public security department rounded up the Christians, who are all affiliated with a multilevel marketing company named I WILL and detained them for their beliefs and church activities.

Though Yu was later released, when he attempted to board a flight to Los Angeles to attend a dinner party with former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, airport security barred him from leaving China, and he was subsequently detained in Shanghai.

Yu had been traveling back and forth from the U.S. to China in order to minister to Christian businesses for years but had never previously experienced problems. His detention was an indication of China’s worsening violations of religious freedom, according to China Aid President Bob Fu.

It is unclear if Pastor Yu was singled out this time due to his involvement with the controversial Christian company, or his dual citizenship from both Taiwan and the U.S. One thing is for sure, those who have been praying for him rejoice at the news that he will be back at a country where freedom and rights are respected.

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