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Posted by radiofreechina on February 8, 2007

Church Activist Liu Fenggang Released from Prison

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

Deborah Fikes

MIDLAND, TX (ANS) China Aid Association (CAA) has learned that CAA human rights advisor, Deborah Fikes, former director and spokesperson for the influential Ministerial Alliance of Midland, Texas, has completed an extended research gathering trip to Asia from January 22 to 30, 2007.

CAA interviewed Ms. Fikes after her return from Beijing where she reported being graciously welcomed in meetings with senior Chinese officials from both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA). In a news release, CAA said that Ms. Fikes reported that she had visited an official Three Self Patriotic Movement church in Beijing which was filled to capacity and regularly hosts four Sunday services.

In the interview, she said, “It was such an encouragement for me to be able to worship with Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ in such a friendly atmosphere and to also purchase Bibles after the service in the church book store.

“Compared to what happened during the Cultural Revolution when all of the Chinese churches were closed, there is definitely progress in regards to the issue of religious freedom in China.”

Ms. Fikes also reported meeting with house church leaders and attending a house church service openly.

She further stated, “I am hopeful that Christians who worship in unregistered churches will become better known for praying for God to bless their government leaders and also to lead the way in showing respect and love towards them.”

Beijing House Church Activist Liu Fenggang Released

Brother Liu Fenggang with his son

In the same news release, CAA revealed that it has also learned that well-known Beijing house church activist Liu Fenggang was released after serving three years in prison in Zhejiang. Mr. Liu, now 48, was released and returned to his home in Beijing on February 5, 2007.

He was arrested on October 13, 2003 and sentenced to 3 years on August 6, 2004 for “providing national intelligence to overseas organizations” by reporting a house church destruction case to overseas Christian organizations.

“During his imprisonment, brother Liu was hospitalized five times for serious heart disease and diabetes,” said the CAA news release. “In 1995, before his 2003 arrest and imprisonment, brother Liu spent two years in a labor camp because of his work among house churches.

“CAA is helping Brother Liu receive proper medical care for his conditions.”

Brother Liu requested that Rev. Bob Fu, president of China Aid Association, express his gratitude for the help he and his family received during his imprisonment.

“I am very thankful of God’s grace and the prayers and letters from brothers and sisters all over the world,” he said. “My mom died during my first imprisonment in 1995 and my little son grew a lot without me during the past three years. The suffering my wife and son had to endure is nothing compared to the martyred brothers and sisters in China. I will continue to stand up for this just cause for which I am called (to speak up for the persecuted).”

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