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Pastor Yang Hua - Photo: ChinaAid
Pastor Yang Hua
Photo: ChinaAid

The Living Stone Church in Guiyang City has faced repeated persecution from Chinese authorities. Imprisoned on December 9th, 2015, Pastor Yang Hua suffered mistreatment until his release in June 2018 (see this report). After his release, he continued to serve the church despite ongoing opposition. Another pastor of the church, Su Tianfu, was imprisoned in May 2018 for one year and then served six months of house arrest.

On May 23rd, 2021, Pastor Yang was arbitrarily detained at a local police station and questioned by a government official, who has since been identified as the district Secretary of the Central Politics and Legal Affairs Commission. During the interrogation, the official appeared to have lost his temper. Knocking Pastor Yang down, he yelled, "Believe it or not, I can beat you to death." As Pastor Yang got to his feet, he responded: "Whatever you want to do is fine. I will not fight back."

The enraged governmental leader continued to violently beat and choke the pastor. Eventually, Pastor Yang was taken to the nearest emergency room by ambulance. At last report, he remains hospitalized but is in stable condition.

Please pray that Pastor Yang will experience full physical healing from his injuries. Despite the fierce opposition he has endured at the hands of China's governmental officials, may he continue serving God with unwavering zeal and determination. Prayerfully remember the ongoing ministry of the Living Stone Church, asking the Lord to sustain and strengthen the other congregation members so they too can remain faithful to Him in all circumstances.