Update below on Zhang.
July 4th 2017
We’ve received reports that Pastor Zhang Shaojie, the leader of Nanle Country Christian Church, is currently enduring severe torture. His daughter, Esther, has reported that he is ‘barely alive’, and suffering both physically and mentally from the cruel treatment he’s experiencing, which includes sleep deprivation and starvation – because he recently tried again to appeal against his sentence. His daughter, Esther, said officials told Zhang they would not process his appeal unless he pleaded guilty. The leader of Nanle County Church has served almost four years of a 12-year sentence for ‘fraud’, a sentence that began in 2014. CSW.
August 28, 2014
Latest: Pastor Zhang has been allowed a Bible! And wife allowed a monthly visit.
Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle County Christian Church in China’s Henan province has lost his final appeal against a 12-year prison sentence for ‘fraud’ and gathering a crowd to disrupt public order’. Pray that Pastor Zhang and his family will know God’s peace: pray too that he will be released early, despite this ruling. (Source: ChinaAid). Pastor Zhang Shaojie has now been in prison for more than a year, having initially been taken into custody on
November 16, 2013. In October last year he was moved from Baiaohe Prison in Neihuang County, Puyang, to Henan
Prison No. 2 in Xinxiang. His family are considering their optons in appealing against his sentence.
Zhang Cuijuan, sister of Pastor Zhang Shaojie was recently sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison. Her imprisonment is part of the ongoing persecution of Pastor Zhang and the Nanle County Christian Church.