Chinese Demolition Team Member yelled ‘Bury Them Alive’ as the Pastor and his wife of the Beitou Church in Zhumadian, Henan Province stood blocking the path of the dozer. The pair, Li Jiangong and his wife Ding Cuimei, bravely stood opposing the latest attempt to destroy the Christian Church. Instead of stopping the Dozer, the demolition team went ahead and pushed the duo into a pit and covered them with dirt. The Pastor managed to dig his way out, but his wife could not. When they uncovered her body, she had died already. Another Church casualty and more Christians who faced China’s latest push to bring down the Christian church influence in China.
Death means little to the Chinese officials it seems, nor does a Christian life mean anything to those charged by the government to tear down the structure. The whole event was triggered, apparently as was reported by Bob Fu’s China Aid; when a ‘local businessman wanted the property to develop’. The ongoing persecution of Christians in China is not new, but in the past; they were able to have churches and live within guidelines, believing and living as Christians. Make no mistake here, while Christians have been able to live as such, there has always been injustice done to Christians for their faith in China. But some time ago the Chinese government began a systematic attack on Christian churches. They used the pretense of removing church crosses from Christian churches there. In all over 2,000 Christian crosses on churches have been removed in the campaign. All the while Christians have protested the government’s push to destroy the crosses and the churches.
With the death of the Ding Cuimei; Pastor Li Jiangong now has lost his wife and his Church. But local police authorities had arrested the two perpetrators from the demolition team who were responsible in the death of Ding Cuimei. This was reported by a China Aid reporter who conducted the interview of the officer; but the official would not release the alleged crimes they were held on.Click here for reuse options!
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