CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE OWNER RE-ARRESTED
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.”
– 2 Timothy 2:8-9 [TNIV]
A bookstore owner in Beijing has been re-arrested for publishing Bibles and Christian literature. Shi Weihan had previously been arrested in November but was released in January due to ‘insufficient evidence’. His second arrest appears to be part of a government crackdown ahead of the Olympic Games.
Shi, a 37-year-old father of two, was arrested for the second time on 19 March and is being denied any visits from his family. His wife Zhang has been prohibited from bringing him any food or clothing. She is very concerned for his health because he suffers from diabetes.
Shi was first arrested on 28 November last year and held by the Public Security Bureau over Christmas. While he was detained his wife received no word on her husband’s condition. Public Security Bureau officials have been known to use deprivation and torture to force detainees to reveal information about others. On 4 January he was released due to ‘insufficient evidence’.
Asia Times Online reported in January that Shi had been printing Bibles and Christian literature without authorisation. These were for distribution to local homes and churches. Zhang told the news service that Shi was concerned about publishing the unauthorised books, but that he felt the risk was worth taking because the churches needed them.
Source: Compass Direct
- Pray for Shi’s health while he is being held, to be released soon and that his bookstore, less than two miles from the Olympic Village, would continue to serve the Church.
- Pray that God would strengthen Zhang and surround the whole family with His comfort and love.
- Pray for the demonstrations and events taking place outside Chinese embassies and consulates around the world at midday tomorrow, asking China not to repatriate North Korean Christians, that God will move and work through the protest and all the letters written by Open Doors’ supporters to the Chinese ambassador
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