National Religious Affairs Bureau holds hearing against Xunsiding Church Pastor Yang Xibo and his wife Wang Xiaofei



Monday, August 16, 2021


Brothers and Sisters with Pastor Yang Xibo, and Mrs. Wang Xiaofei after the hearing.
(Photo: WeChat)

(Xiamen, Fujian Province—August 16, 2021) On August 13 at 9 am, Siming District National Religious Affairs Bureau held a public hearing for the administration punishment against Xunsiding Church Pastor Yang Xibo and Wang Xiaofei, his wife. On July 29, Pastor Yang and Mrs. Wang received the notice of administrative punishment that Siming District National Religious Affairs Bureau had issued:

We found out according to law that your behavior of organizing and holding Xunsiding Church religious activities in the Liuhong Hall of the Pan Pacific Hotel without the approval of the National Religious Affairs Bureau and providing for illegal religious activities violates the provisions of Articles 40 and 41 of the Regulations on Religious Affairs. According to Article 71 of the Regulations on Religious Affairs, this government organ plans to impose an administrative penalty of 200000 yuan [30,879.44 United States Dollars] on Yang Xiibo and Wang Xiaofei (100000 yuan on Yang Xibo and Wang Xiaofei respectively).

In response to the hearing notice, Pastor Yang and Mrs. Wang submitted a request to Siming District National Religious Affairs Bureau for a public hearing on their administrative punishment. On August 3, they received the bureau’s public hearing notice.


Siming District National Religious Affairs Bureau hearing notice.
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Shortly before the hearing scheduled for 9 am. Mrs. Wang posted the following prayer requests on her WeChat Moments:

1. Please pray that God will be with my husband and me during the hearing, and that God will give us the wisdom to present a good testimony for as well as glorify Him.

2. In this gigantic spiritual war, please pray for God to lead us to win, to crush the evil under His feet.

 

3. Please pray for the hearing officers… I hope they hear the Gospel. Although they cannot go against their job duty, neither can they go against their conscience.

 

 4. Please pray for God to use this crackdown to strengthen our church and bring more saved people into the Church.

During the hearing which lasted two and a half hours, as their lawyer could not attend due to the pandemic, Pastor Yang, and Mrs. Wang* had to defend themselves. After the hearing, Pastor Yang said,  “The hearing was went well, but the Religious Affairs Bureau does not plan to change anything."

Pastor Yang Xibo’s family.
(Photo: ChinaAid resource)

During the hearing, Brothers and sisters of Xunsiding Church waited for Pastor Yang and Mrs. Wang outside the Religious Affairs Bureau. Smiling afterward, they photographed themselves together. Later, Mrs. Wang posted on her WeChat Moments:

The hearing lasted two and a half hours.

Thank you for your prayers. Regardless of the result—God won.

My prayer: "Lord, may all who love You be like the sun when it rises in its strength."



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Then the righteous will shine forth 
as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. 
He who has ears to hear, 
let him hear!
                                                           ~ Matthew 13:43 (NKJV)

 


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