Hu Shigen was taken into custody in July 2015 and was convicted of “subversion of state power” the following year. A photo of his baptismal ceremony was used as evidence against him, resulting in a sentence consisting of seven-and-a-half years.

While in prison, Hu suffered a heart attack, as well as other health complications. Due to the seriousness of his condition, Hu’s family was promised that he would be released on medical parole. Believing that confessing to the accusations would ensure his necessary medical release, Hu pleaded guilty. However, despite the promise given by authorities, they have refused to release him.

Another infirm prisoner, Ge Jueping, has been detained without a verdict for three years. Taken into custody in November 2016, as part of a mass arrest of human rights activists in Suzhou, Ge has undergone a trial but not yet received a verdict. His health has since declined severely and includes the diagnosis of cancer. Even though Ge’s loved ones have expressed their concerns to officials, no response has been given.

Source: ChinaAid

  • Intercede on behalf of these two imprisoned believers, and for their concerned family members. Ask God to provide each one His peace, strength, encouragement and healing.
  • Pray the authorities will not only allow them medical leave but also complete vindication from all charges and accusations.
  • Uphold the many Chinese Christians who are facing opposition and uncertainty. Pray they will fully trust God and His purposes.

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Gracious and almighty Father we thank you for the faith of your people in China who are increasingly coming under sore persecution and harassment. Please draw close to our brothers Hu Shigen and Ge Juping and their families especially in their infirm state. We rejoice in their faithfulness and ask that your Holy Spirit would bring great comfort and encouragement in their circumstances. We pray for their families, friends and their persecutors that each might know a deep impression of divine things upon their hearts through Jesus Christ who is Lord over all. Amen.