Zhang Wen Shi, also known as Deacon Jang, is an ethnically Korean Christian who lived and ministered in Changbai, China, a town located on China’s border with North Korea. When North Koreans illegally visited Changbai to conduct business, purchase items they could sell on the black market, or seek medicine or other help, Deacon Jang often provided them with warm clothing, food and supplies for their return to North Korea. He also shared the gospel with those willing to listen. In November 2014, Deacon Jang was abducted in China, taken to North Korea and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since his imprisonment, several former prisoners have reported seeing or hearing about him. Please pray for his release.
Chinese Citizen Remains in North Korean Prison
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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