By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
CHINA (ANS) — Since his conversion to Christianity in 1986, Pastor Zhang Mingxuan has been arrested, beaten and incarcerated 12 times. Most recently, Public Security Bureau and State officials forced Zhang to close the orphanage he had been running with his two sons.
Pastor Zhang Mingxuan
Zhang and the orphans have continued to look for places of residence, but have been refused several times by landlords who have been threatened by officials not to lease to Zhang. Currently, Zhang has been separated from his two sons, who were also forced to move by PSB officials.
Now Zhang Mingxuan, president of the Chinese house church alliance, has issued an open letter to the international community, informing the world of the sufferings and persecutions he has endured at the hands of the CPC.
Detailed in his third open letter are the many hardships and injustices pastor Zhang has had to endure throughout the years since becoming an outspoken evangelist and leader of the house church alliance.
In his first two open letters, Zhang appealed to President Hu Jintao, to rectify the wrongs being done by corrupt Government officials. To this date Zhang has received no response.
In his latest appeal, Pastor Zhang has written to the international community encouraging them to pray for the upcoming Beijing Olympics and to press the Chinese Government to realize true freedom of religion and rule of law.
CAA says it is Zhang’s hope, along with millions of other persecuted Christians, that the World’s attention on the Olympic Games will bring the Chinese Government to realize the wrongs it has done and allow the house church alliance to help build a true “harmonious society.”
To view the complete text of Pastor Zhang’s letter, click here: http://chinaaid.org/2008/02/18/we-want-the-olympics-but-we-want-love-and-justice-more/
To voice your concern over the injustices Pastor Zhang has been forced to endure please contact:
Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
Address: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007
Tel:(202) 338-6688, (202)5889760
Fax: (202) 588-9760