This Olympic Medalist Surely Awaits Gold…

82 days to go until the Summer Olympic Games begin in Beijing China. For seventeen days in August, athletes from around the world will convene in Beijing to to vie for the highest medal and honor in their specific area of sports.

As the Olympic games draw near, reports are coming in that China has stepped up its crackdown on Christians, according to the China Aid annual report released back in February of this year.

Source: The Christian Post

“China Aid Association noted that the number of persecution incidents is likely to be much higher because of censorship in communications.

There were four main targets of persecution: house church leaders, house churches in urban areas, Christian publications, and foreign Christians and missionaries living and working in China.”

Which brings me to an athlete that is running a race that is set before him. His name is Liu Huiwen and he is imprisoned in Dongxiang, China for distributing a Christian Tract. Source: Compass Direct News.

That’s right a tract…..  “A Letter To Our Muslim Friends” during a funeral in Manping Groupin Ketuo village, part of the Dongxiang Autonomous Region, a Muslim-majority ethnic area in Gansu province.

The article goes on to say that many of the prison guards and inmates are Muslims, and that Liu is being mistreated in prison.

Though his suffering is unjust and most assuredly intense, his reward is both certain and great.

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

Liu’s wife, Miao Hui Lian, fears that without intervention her husband’s well-being could be severely impaired. She and their 4-year-old son are living with Liu’s parents, as she has no income to support herself during his imprisonment.

Keep Brother Liu and his family in your prayers daily.

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  1 Peter 4: 13-14


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