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China: Teenager Mistreated by Police

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Eighteen-year-old Tian Tian, was not surprised when the police arrested her father Pastor Lou around Christmas a few years ago. Pastor Lou worked as a Christian leader in Xinjiang, China.

Interrupting Christmas
Xinjiang is a region in northwest China. Many of the people there are Muslims from the Uygur [WEE-gur] ethnic group. Chinese communist officials are suspicious of Muslims or Christians in Xinjiang who take their faith seriously. They arrest Christians who share the gospel with others.

The police arrested Pastor Lou on December 23, 2006, interrupting Tian Tian family’s Christmas plans. A lot of Christians in China believe the police were trying to discourage them from celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Raiding a Bible Study
The police once also questioned Lan Lan, Tian Tian’s 16-year-old sister. The police interrupted Lan Lan’s Bible study. The police took the kids and their two adult teachers to the police station. The weather was freezing, and the group was not allowed to bring warm clothing. Police held Lan Lan and 10 other youths for 10 days.

Worship Services Interrupted
Pastor Lou was arrested again in May 2008. He went to court in December 2008. Tian Tian and her mother watched the trial. Pastor Lou was charged with “using superstition to undermine the law.” But Christians said the real reason Pastor Lou was arrested was to stop him from holding worship services in his house.

Chinese communists, who do not know Jesus, think Christianity is a false belief. They think Christians are superstitious. (“Superstitious” means having faith in magic because of fear or a lack of knowledge; doing things or using objects to keep away evil or to bring “good luck.”)

Conversation Interrupted
Pastor Lou’s trial lasted from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. After the trial, the police took him to a police car so they could take him back to jail.

Tian Tian tried to talk to her father as he walked with the police. The police grabbed her and beat her up. Tian Tian had to go to the hospital. Thankfully, she was well enough to go home that night.

Please Pray
Pastor Lou was allowed to leave the jail and go home in April 2009. Please pray for him, Tian Tian, Lan Lan, and their mother and brother. Ask God to strengthen and prepare them for interruptions they may face in the future while serving him.

1 Peter 4:12–16 (NIV)
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you….If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed….If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.”


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