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Steadfast Global – July 3rd – Update 1

Steadfast Global, 28th June 2024 (excerpts)


The persecution in Xinzhou, Shanxi province has continued since the gospel first reached the city in 1883. China Aid recently learned that 76-year-old Pastor Du Mingliang was detained on 15 March 2021 and charged with organising illegal border crossings. He is currently serving a 5-year-prison sentence.


Eight of the Christians arrested in the city of Izeh during raids last Christmas, were sentenced in late May to a combined total of 45 years in prison. With the exception of Yasin Mousavi, who was given a 15-year sentence, little is known of the other Christians involved other than names and punishments imposed. All but Iman Salehi are currently on bail and awaiting summons.


4 weeks after the 25 May mob attack and the murder of her husband Nazeer Masih Gill (74), his heart-broken wife, Allah Rakhi Bibi (72), died on 21 June after suffering a cardiac arrest. Her son said that she had constantly talked about Nazeer ever since.