|Gov. Sam Brownback
(Photo: China Aid)
By Rachel Ritchie
(Midland, Texas—April 24, 2015) At China Aid’s 2015 Freedom and Justice Dinner, China Aid founder and President Bob Fu and China Aid Vice President Kody Kness presented the Courage Award to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback for his extraordinary record of advocating for human rights in China.
At the dinner Pastor Bob Fu, founder and president of China Aid, told attendees about China Aid’s mission to expose the abuses, encourage the abused and equip the leaders. Fu also discussed China Aid’s 2014 Persecution Report, which documented 572 persecution cases that were reported to China Aid.
Fu also recounted how then-Senator Brownback had played a providential role in his moving his family and China Aid to Midland after a meeting in the Senate with Brownback and the Midland Ministerial Alliance in 2004.
Brownback, who was the keynote speaker at the dinner, noted the significance of prayer. He recalled hosting Mother Teresa on her last visit to the United States, where she repeatedly asked Congressmen and State Department officials to “pray for the sisters.” Brownback remarked that had Mother Teresa asked for money, the Congressmen would have known immediately what to do. Instead, Brownback said she asked for “the most valuable thing” anyone has to give—prayer.
China Aid Vice President Kody Kness, who served as International Human Rights Advisor to Brownback in the U.S. Senate stated that Brownback led on human rights on Capitol Hill as an extension of his faith and calling to serve persecuted communities throughout the world.
Brownback has served as governor of Kansas since 2011. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representative from 1995-1997 and in the Senate from 1996-2011. In the Senate, he chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs and founded and co-chaired the Senate Human Rights Caucus where he advocated for religious freedom and the protection of persecuted Christians in China and sponsored the North Korea Human Rights Act, which allowed North Korean refugees to apply for asylum in the U.S.
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