North Carolina pastor’s appeal postponed

John Cao
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(Pu’er, Yunnan—Dec. 5, 2018) Officials in China’s Yunnan province postponed the appeal of Pastor John Cao, a missionary and North Carolina resident imprisoned in the country on a trumped up “organizing illegal border crossings” charge.

The hearing will now be held on Jan. 22, 2019.

Cao was sentenced to seven years in prison last March, a year after officials took him into custody when he and a colleague made a crossing between Myanmar, where they served as missionaries, and China. They made the passage many times with the knowledge of the officials, indicating that Cao was arrested for his faith.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) recently penned a petition pleading with China to free Cao. It can be signed here.

ChinaAid urges the international community to speak out against Cao’s imprisonment and demand that China immediately and unconditionally release him to return home to his wife and two sons, who are all American citizens.

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