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12/23/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – The tomb of eight British missionaries and more than 40 Chinese Christian Martyrs was again desecrated in China’s Shanxi province.

According to An Yankui, the preacher at Taiyuan Xuncheng Reformed Church, the tomb of these martyrs at Shanxi’s Nanguan— built more than 100 years ago— has been desecrated, after local Christians renovated it at the beginning of November.

In the summer of 1900, the eight British missionaries and more than 40 Chinese Christians were killed at Xizhou in Shanxi province during the infamous Boxer Rebellion, where the Chinese “boxers” who were against foreign influence murdered more than 200 Western missionaries and at least 20,000 Chinese Christians.

This was not the first time the tomb was destroyed. During the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese government also targeted this resting place of martyrs. Seeing the destruction, a Chinese Christian scholar, Zhang Haiyan, who teaches at Purdue University recovered the tomb in 2009.

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