Thursday, August 7, 2008

Extra 7 August 2008

Presbyterians Week Extra

USA Missionary Team Arrested in China

Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital reported on 7 August that their
China missionary team has been arrested and detained in an unknown location after they held public prayer and preaching services in Beijing, China. Team leader Rev. Pat Mahoney said, “We were in Tiananmen Square publicly praying for the people of China when police forcefully dragged us across the street."

Faith and Action President Rev. Rob Schenck describes the team’s efforts as, “a bold and prophetic witness against the tyranny and brutality by the Chinese government against their own people. As the Summer Olympics are being celebrated, millions of Christians and those with other faith traditions are routinely oppressed, tortured and jailed by Chinese officials.”

Rev. Schenck requests prayer “for our team’s safety and continued success as they stand in solidarity with oppressed Chinese believers and carry the hope of the Gospel to those fellow Christians in China who risk their lives every day.

+ Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital, 109 Second Avenue Northeast, Washington DC 20002, 202-546-8329, Fax: 202-546-6864,

+ Peoples Republic of China, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Number 2, Chaoyangmen Nandajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100701, China, 86-10-65961114