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Was the scene of the demon-possessed Buddhist monk in Safely Home inspired by a true story?

Question from a reader:

I recently hosted a book club for Safely Home. Most people really enjoyed it, and it seemed to give everyone a lot of food for thought on Heaven. But the one complaint I heard several times was the part about the Buddhist monk who appears to be demon possessed. People said they felt it was too forced and bizarre. Can you give any insight as to where that scene comes from? Randy, did you know of a particular event like this?

Map showing the distribution of Christians in China

Map from Global Mapping International, showing the distribution of Christians in China.

Poll Finds Surge of Religion Among Chinese

A new government-sponsored survey on spirituality in China has found that the number of religious believers among the country’s 1.3 billion people is far higher than generally known, amounting to as many as 300 million.

Is there still persecution of Christians in China today?

While we should rejoice that persecution has lessened significantly in some places, let’s be careful not to perpetuate the lie that Christians are no longer persecuted in China.

Is This the Day?

Is this the day I die? He’d asked himself the question every day.

This was Sunday. It was on Sunday that Quan’s great-grandfather had been beheaded. And it was Sunday his father died in prison after a beating.

”It is time?” Ming whispered, her voice a feather falling upon silk. Candle flame dancing in her brown eyes, she looked just as she had ten years ago, at their wedding in Shanghai.

Quan kissed her delicate forehead. Already in this short night he’d dreamed again he held her wounded body—Ming running red through his fingers in a ...

In light of the persecution in China, should Americans buy Chinese-made products?

I am really torn on this one. There’s no way to know what products are made through forced labor of religious and political prisoners, though I would guess it would be less than 10 percent.

I would like to help provide Bibles for China. What organizations do you recommend?

A list of organizations EPM recommends to help provide Bibles for China.

I have a friend who visited China and went to a church where the Christians had Bibles and were free to worship. Can you explain this?

Question from a reader:

In your book, Safely Homeyou talk about the persecution of Christians in China. I have a friend who visited China and went to a church where the Christians had Bibles and were free to worship. Can you explain this?

Chinese Christians Still Persecuted for Their Faith

Excerpted from The Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter.

34-year-old Jiang Zongxiu went to her neighboring marketplace last June in Guizhou Province, China. Along with her mother-in-law, Jiang took opportunities to hand out Bibles and Christian literature and tell people about Jesus. Only on this day, they had an encounter with the Chinese police.

The two Christian women were handcuffed together and brought to the police station. They were interrogated throughout the evening of the 17th. The next morning they were sentenced by the Public Security Bureau (PSB) to 15 days incarceration for “suspected spreading of rumor and disturbing the social ...

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