Monday, February 02, 2009

A letter of thanks

Glenn recently posted a blog about Hua Zaichen (91), a seriously ill Christian who has been denied a last visit with his imprisoned wife, Shuang Shuying (79). Shuang and her son, Hua Huiqi, were arrested in 2007. According to a report from ChinaAid, “Authorities say Shuang Shuying is not allowed to leave prison before February 8, 2009, the end of her two-year sentence. Officials stated that if her husband died before then, she would be allowed to see his body for 10 minutes and would have to be chained, handcuffed, shackled and wearing a prison uniform.”

Christians around the world responded to the cruelty being shown to this family by praying and sending letters to government officials. In a recent report from ChinaAid, Hua Huiqi extended his gratitude for the support his family has received. His letter is below.

A letter of thanks to brethren around the world — January 29, 2009

I, Hua Huiqi, a brother in Christ, sincerely appreciate all the brethren for your concern. Since my father Hua Zaichen became sick again in mid-December 2008, you have been praying for him. Many brothers and sisters have sent greetings. My family and I are very grateful for your prayers and care. My father has received medical treatment, but his health has been getting worse day by day. On the afternoon of January 28, 2009, he had a sudden shock, and then began to fall unconscious. We received notice that he was in “critical condition” from the hospital. Many brothers and sisters have been praying for my father. At 1:00 p.m. on 29th, my father’s heartbeat gradually stabilized. Now, he is still in the hospital for observation. Please continue to pray for him. I hope he can finally have a chance to see my mother, even if only a glance.

Thank you again, my dear brothers and sisters around the world.

Love in Christ,
Brother Hua Huiqi

Writing letters is an incredible opportunity to reach out to suffering Christians around the world. As you can tell from Hua Huiqi’s letter, this family has been blessed from the outpouring of love and support they have received from fellow believers.

Shuang’s jail sentence is coming close to its end but there are other Christians languishing in Chinese prisons that long for support and encouragement. Learn how you can take part in the ministry of letter writing by visiting

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Erin,Thank you so much for posting this story.It proves again that writing letters,such a small task has great impact.It encourages all of us to be faithful in the little things.Suzanna