China Aid Association
(Washington — February 6, 2008)—Bob Fu, president of the China Aid Association,
will be presented with the 2007 John Leland Religious Liberty Award “for
courageously defending the right of all people to exercise freely their
religious faith” Feb. 7 at the Library of Congress.
The award, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant
contribution to the cause of religious liberty, will be presented by Dr.
Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the
Southern Baptist Convention.
Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) will co-host the 4:00 p.m. ceremony honoring
Fu along with the ERLC at the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of
Congress in Washington, D.C. Congressman Franks serves as co-chair of the
Congressional Human Rights Caucus’ Force for International Religious Freedom.
The ERLC chose Fu to receive this year’s award based on his steadfast
ministry and involvement with the Chinese Christian community.
In China, Fu served as a leader for the People’s University of Beijing
student democracy movement, which tragically ended in the Tiananmen Square
massacre on June 4, 1989.
Following this government suppression of calls for political reform, he
became a pastor of a house church, subjecting himself to both continual
harassment from government authorities and hostility from many Chinese
citizens. Shortly after beginning the church, he and his wife, Heidi, were
arrested and imprisoned for two months.
After experiencing relentless persecution, the couple eventually fled China
in 1996, settling in Midland, Texas. There Fu founded the China Aid
Association, through which he serves as a spokesperson for “house church”
Christians in China. In this position, he has spoken on behalf of Chinese
Christians before the House International Relations Committee, the U.S.
Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Congressional-Executive
Commission on China and the UN Commission on Human Rights, among other
Fu is described on the award as “a resolute leader devoted to exposing the
human rights violations and religious persecution routinely imposed upon the
Chinese people who worship according to the dictates of their consciences.”
The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic
denomination with more than 16.3 million members in over 44,000 churches
nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics,
religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn.,
and Washington, D.C.
China Aid Contacts
Rachel Ritchie, English Media Director
Cell: (432) 553-1080 | Office: 1+ (888) 889-7757 | Other: (432) 689-6985
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