Christian woman writes letter detailing persecution

Monday, May 9, 2016

China Aid
Translated by Carolyn Song. Written in English by Brynne Lawrence.
(Dalian, Liaoning—May 9, 2016) A Christian woman recently wrote a letter that detailed persecution she experienced, including the loss of her mother and brother.
Prompted by the government-backed demolition of their home on June 4, 2008, the family of Wang Chunyan, a Christian now residing in the United States, traveled to and petitioned higher government offices in an attempt to facilitate legal recourse. On their way to Beijing, Wang’s mother passed away.
Wang Chunyan mourns her mother, in
photograph, who died while petitioning
to government officials.
(Photo: China Aid)
On Jan. 8, 2014, authorities criminally detained Wang after she attended a Bible study at Beijing Holy Love Fellowship Church. While she served her one-month sentence for an “illegally gathering” charge, her mentally disabled brother died after wandering off due to a lack of supervision.
Additionally, her sister, Wang Chunmei, was sentenced to one year in detention, during which she received injuries at the hands of the officials.
A translation of the letter can be read in full below.
China Aid exposes abuses, such as those experienced by Wang Chunyan’s family, in order to promote religious freedom and rule of law in China.

From a petitioner against forced demolitions to Christ’s soldier—God led me to the United States to fight

Wang Chunyan

[I], Wang Chunyan, a servant of God, was exiled from China to the United States while in the midst persecution because of God’s love and guidance.. In thanksgiving and in response to God’s love, I would like to exhibit [love], following God, [who is our] Father, and fight against China’s evil power for love, truth, and the non-believers.

I am from Dalian, Liaoning, China. Because our home was destroyed, [my family] was destitute and homeless. To this day, my mother and brother, Yaxin, are lying in morgues in Beijing and Dalian, respectively. My sister, Chunmei, is still plagued by injuries and illness.

Since our home was pillaged, we started roving and asking for [the government] to return to the pursuit of justice according to the law. However, from the officials who robbed us, we not only failed to receive justice. First, my mother wrongfully lost her life on the road to petition in Beijing, followed by the three of us—my older sister, younger brother [and I]—being repeatedly imprisoned and persecuted by officials in Jilin and Liaoning. Furthermore, we all experienced detention.

Even after such a painful experience, we still have today, and we are thankful for the love and mercy of our God, who has been taking care of us and protecting us, giving us faith and hope. He draws me in front of his throne to listen to his teachings and to be healed and comforted. When I was at a Bible study, I unexpectedly encountered persecution from the Beijing police. While I was detained in Beijing’s No. 1 Detention Center, my brother, Yaxin, wrongfully died next to the express railroad in Dalian, and the truth of his death is still unknown. At first, out of their love and care for me, my [Christian] brothers and sisters hid the truth from me. When I heard the bad news, I cried with no tears, broken-hearted and overwhelmed. My [Christian] brothers and sisters tearfully prayed for me, and the all-powerful Father God led me through the darkness [Translator’s Note: The literal translation of this phrase in Wang’s letter is, “pulled my hand through the darkness.”].

I don’t know how many people have experienced and are experiencing the great pain I have suffered. However, every major holiday, the large streets and small alleys in Beijing brim with the persistent silhouettes of petitioners, even if they are unscrupulously suppressed or stopped.

The officials who afflicted us were tempted by the devil and either are not limited to enslaving people or, out of fear, more openly resisting God by starting a movement to demolish crosses, arresting servants of the eternal God, and franticly seizing and injuring righteous people. They are fiddling with the law to convict righteous people, intending to eliminate the voice of justice. [They] challenge God’s people; what else can they do? However, God has predestined that, “Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned” (Psalm 34:21).

I hope the corrupt officials will be healed by God and mend their ways, renounce evil, return to virtue and be exempt from the suffering of hell.

Fellow citizens who have been enslaved and struggling petitioners who have been injured by persecution, I hope you turn around and trust the one who loves you and laid down his own life for you, Jesus Christ. Follow God Almighty, renounce meaningless idols, seek the help of the only true God and receive his promised blessings. The Lord said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay” (Romans 12:19). He is faithful.

Let God raise us up, dear brothers and sisters, so that we, our elders, brothers, sisters, friends, children, grandchildren and future generations, will no longer suffer the pain we have experienced. Put on the full armor of God [Editor’s Note: For more information about the “Armor of God,” see Ephesians 6:13-17] and fight for the kingdom of God, God’s righteousness, his justice and the non-believers—fight against China’s evil power!

To fear the Lord is to hate evil. The ruler of the universe, the omnipotent God, calls out to us, saying: “Arise, go to the land which I have given to you; I will bestow upon you the soil which your foot shall tread upon, according to my promises [Editor’s Note: This is a paraphrase of Joshua 1:1-3].” All the days of your life, there will be no one who stands in front of you [to oppose you]. No matter where you go, your God will be with you.

Let us cleanse our hearts and follow God. According to his promises, God certainly will fight for us. The Lord Jesus has defeated sin. In China, righteousness must be victorious!

Wang Chunyan, a Christian

April 5, 2016

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