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CHINA: Wife of Church Leader Buried Alive

CHINA: Wife of Church Leader Buried Alive

The wife of a church leader in the central Chinese province of Henan was buried alive with her husband underneath the rubble of their freshly demolished church, where she suffocated and died.

On 14 April, a demolition team was instructed to begin the demolition of the Beitou Church in Zhumadian, Henan Province to pave the way for new developers to take ownership of the lucrative property. The church leader, Li Jiangong and wife Ding Cuimei, stood in front of the bulldozers in an attempt to stop the destruction of their church. As a result, Ding Cuimei, was buried beneath the dirt by the demolition team.

The two government workers buried both of them underground, resulting in Cuimei’s suffocating to death. Li Jiangong dug his way up to the surface but unfortunately was unable to save his wife.

“Bury them alive, I will be responsible for their lives,” a member of the demolition team was heard to have said. The two responsible individuals were later on criminally detained by the local authorities because of pressure from the media.

Sources: China Aid, International Christian Concern

Prayer Points

  • Pray the Lord may bring an overwhelming sense of peace and strength to Li Jiangong and his family as they come to terms with their great loss.
  • Pray that God will be with the believers of Beitou Church; pray that they will find comfort in God’s love during this difficult time.
  • Pray this tragedy will be used by the Lord to bring attention to the plight of the suffering church in China in addition to furthering His kingdom.

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Forty-nine crosses have been removed in Zhejiang province since the beginning of 2016 as the Chinese government continues to attempt to eliminate the power of Christianity.

Churches which have fought against the removals have had their water and electricity cut off, forcing them to have services elsewhere as the buildings are deemed unusable.

Christians stand in defiance in front of buildings, attempting to stop the advance of demolition crews. Government notices and orders are plastered on the doors of churches with church leaders being taken into custody, some never to be heard from.

Sources: China Aid, International Christian Concern

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Christians in Zhejiang would be encouraged in knowing that the government can remove the cross but they cannot destroy the body of Christ.
  • Pray for believers in China as the country continues to experience huge rates of growth and revival.
  • Pray the bold witness of these Christians will have an effect on the hearts and minds of the authorities responsible for targeting the church.

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