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 order.”
Jiang and her mother-in-law knew the risk of spreading Christian literature in Communist China. Both had been active in their church for more than 10 years and dared to go forth. Even when they were arrested, interrogated and sentenced to serve 15 days, they were willing to accept the consequences of their actions—all from a government that claims to have “freedom of religion.”
But it was not enough for the PSB to arrest and beat these two Christian women for the crime of passing out Christian literature. On the afternoon of June 18th, Mrs. Jiang Zongxiu was pronounced dead by the PSB office of Tongzi County. They claimed she died of “natural causes.” The fact is, she was beaten to death.
The Voice of the Martyrs has received video testimony from the surviving family, photos of Jiang’s body showing her bruises, and a copy of the actual arrest document. All of this had to be smuggled out of China as the authorities continue to attempt to hide their systematic persecution of Christians. An international campaign is now under way on behalf of the surviving family.
Much of the world would like you to believe Christians are no longer persecuted in China. Sister Jiang’s family would disagree.
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