Revisiting 2018 AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor’s US family seeks mercy

In May 2014, Pastor Cao breaks ground on a new school in Wa State, Myanmar. 
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AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor’s US family seeks mercy
Yanan Wang 
April 16, 2018
(Beijing (AP)—April 16, 2018; ChinaAid—March 31, 2021) [Originally published April 16, 2018] The Rev. John Sanqiang Cao paid no more than three dollars for the trip that would end up costing him his freedom.
For years, he and fellow Chinese Christian teachers would cross the river on a narrow bamboo raft from a tree-shrouded bank in southern China into neighboring Myanmar, carrying with them notebooks, pencils, and Bibles. The journey that enabled the missionaries to slip between the countries — a distance no greater than 9 meters (30 feet) — always happened in broad daylight, according to a U.S.-based missionary who traveled with Cao.

The AP article includes the following that Pastor Cao once wrote describing the resilience of house churches:
The government chose the right church to persecute….
Time has proven … that God is still alive and well in China.
Prison where Pastor Cao* spent more than a year before transferred to current prison. 
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Pastor Cao in prison. 
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*Pastor Cao wrote many poems here, to be included in the book ChinaAid will publish.

Previous ChinaAid posts relating to Pastor Cao:







so that we ourselves boast of you
 among the churches of God for your patience and faith
 in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure….
                                                                                                   ~  2 Thessalonians 1:4 (NKJV)
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