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Pastor Dou's friends gather to pray outside the prison
Photo from ChinaAid

Pastor Dou Shaowen, who was arrested by officials on June 14 (click here for more details) has been given a one year sentence of "re-education" through labour, according to a July 1 report from ChinaAid. Pastor Dou's wife, Feng Lu, received the same sentence. While Pastor Dou is currently imprisoned in a labour camp, authorities have permitted Feng Lu to serve her sentence at home so she can care for their 12-year-old daughter. However, officials informed her that she will be sent to the camp if she is discovered engaging in further "illegal religious activities." The believers who were given 15-day administrative sentences following the June 14 house church attack have not yet been released at last report.

To learn more about the persecution of Christians in China, visit the China Country Report.