China 18 member in good health; Linfen Church going strong

Yang Rongli

(Photo courtesy
of Linfen

China Aid Association
By Rachel Ritchie

(Jinghong, Shanxi—Dec. 2, 2014) Linfen Church reported last week that its imprisoned leader Yang Rongli is in good health and that the church is fully functioning. 

Yang, who is also a member of China Aid’s China 18 campaign, led Linfen Church with her husband Wang Xiaoguang until they were arrested in 2009 for “gathering a mob to disturb public order.” Yang and Wang were sentenced to seven and three years, respectively, and faced fines totaling 40,000 Yuan (U.S. $6,500).

When a China Aid reporter contacted Linfen Church last week, a believer said that Yang is healthy and is expected to be released in less than two years. The believer also said that the church’s ministries, including missions in different parts of China that are led by Yang’s brother, are going strong.

Meanwhile, Stefanus Alliance International, a Norwegian human rights organization that frequently hosts letter-writing campaigns, recently started a campaign for Yang Rongli. The letter, an excerpt of which is below, will be delivered to Rongli after being signed by thousands.

Excerpt from Stefanus letter to Yang Rongli:

I am writing to let you know that many people around the world are praying for you this Christmas. You are not forgotten!

We pray for health for your body and strength for your spirit. May the Lord comfort you and fill your heart with peace and hope. May His love carry you each day and give you the strength you need.

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