Friday, January 30, 2009

FREE Shuang Shuying!!

From Voice of the Martyrs

Shuan Shuying
Location: China
Arrested: January 2007
Days Imprisoned: 735

On January 26, 2007, 76-year-old Shuang Shuying and her son, house church leader Hua Huiqi, were attacked, wounded and arrested by police while walking near a 2008 Olympic hotel site in Beijing. Shuying has numerous medical problems and is serving two years in prison. We invite you to write a letter of encouragement to Shuying. We have experienced incredible results when readers write to believers who have been imprisoned for their faith. The letters often result in shorter prison sentences. Send a letter of encouragement to Shuying and let her know you are praying for her. Also, write to the Chinese government requesting she be released. Let your friends know about suffering believers in China and encourage them to pray and write too. Get involved. Pray and write today.

January 15

Chinese government authorities have denied Hua Zaichen, 91, visitation with his imprisoned wife, 79-year-old Shuang Shuying, according to China Aid Association (CAA).

Zaichen, who is deathly ill, requested a final meeting with his wife to say his goodbyes, but officials refused to grant the request. "Authorities say Shuang Shuying in not allowed to leave prison before February 8, 2009, the end of her two-year sentence. Officials stated that if her husband died before then, she would be allowed to see his body for 10 minutes and would have to be chained, handcuffed, shackled and wearing a prison uniform," CAA added.

The government's refusal to allow Zaichen to see his wife is the latest in a series of incidents including attacks, arrests and imprisonments for his family. In January 2007, Hua Huiqi and his 76-year-old mother, Shuang Shuying, were attacked and wounded by seven police officers while walking near a 2008 Olympic hotel site in Beijing. CAA reported, "They were kicked to the ground and later taken to the Olympic police station for questioning." Hua's mother was sentenced to two years in prison, while Hua served six months. In October 2007, while under house arrest, Hua was repeatedly attacked and beaten by police at his home. Hua was reading his Bible at his home despite police surrounding his house. He was sent to Beijing Tiantan Hospital because he lost consciousness after repeated beatings from the police.

Shuang Shuying has remained in prison and is also reportedly very ill. She has been held in a medical center because her health has deteriorated. VOM has assisted this family during the many times the Chinese government has persecuted them because of their faith. VOM encourages you to pray for this family that has endured many hardships for the sake of their faith. Pray for Shuang Shuying to be released. Praise God for their courage!

January 22

Shuang Shuying, a 79-year-old Christian grandmother, has been imprisoned by the Chinese government for almost two years, because of her family's work helping the poor and oppressed. Read more.

She has become extremely thin and fragile and her health is deteriorating from the harsh conditions, almost to the point of death during the past two years in prison. However, the greatest injustice is that her husband Hua Zaichen, 90, is dying and authorities have denied her a last visit with him even though her prison sentence ends February 8.

Government officials mock Shuang Shuying’s desperate longing to see her husband. They have told her that if he dies, they will escort her in prison uniform, handcuffed and shackled, to see his body for 10 minutes.

You can bring aid to this family as Shuang Shuying’s husband struggles daily to stay alive in the hope he might see his wife before he dies. Will you let your voice be heard on behalf of this elderly couple who have laid down their lives to serve others?

January 30

On January 28, Hua Zaichen was rushed to the ER, hovering between life and death. He has been clinging to live in the hope that authorities will allow him to see his wife, Shuang Shuying, one last time. Shuang Shuying, 79, has suffered in prison for almost two years on fabricated charges because of her Christian activities.

Since ChinaAid sent out e-mail alerts earlier this month, many around the world have been crying out for justice for this elderly Christian couple. Your prayers and pressure on government authorities are powerful and effective. Hua Zaichen's son, Pastor Hua Huiqi said, "We felt the reality of the prayers of many brothers and sisters."

Officials have become so nervous about the international attention, that they even sent a police officer to the hospital to see if Hua Zaichen was still alive, fearing they would be held responsible for his death.

We have a window of opportunity to further pressure the Chinese government to act justly by our refusal to give up. Will you continue to let your "voice" be heard for the immediate release of Shuang Shuying from prison? Your action is making the difference.

At this China Aid link you can send emails to various Chinese officials, etc.

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