Imprisoned pastor Yang Hua has returned to his home in Guizhou province on June 19th after suffering mistreatment during his two-and-a-half-year jail term. Yang was first imprisoned on December 9th, 2015, after police raided Living Stone Church. He was charged with “illegally possessing state secrets,” as well as divulging those secrets. For more information on his arrest and conviction, click here.
According to his lawyers, Yang faced frequent torture in an attempt to obtain a confession. He developed diabetes in prison and experienced severe inflammation in his legs. At one point, he was virtually paralysed. Despite the trying circumstances he endured, upon his release, he broke out loudly singing in worship. His wife, Wang Hongwu, confessed, “Even though my husband experienced misfortune, his belief remains resolute.” Praise God for this testimony of God’s sustaining grace!
(sources: China Aid, CSW, VOM Canada)