Imagine being a Christian in America and being arrested for simply printing bibles or Christian material. This is an awful story on so many levels, but the reason I'm sharing it is because not only is the husband of this precious family suffering, but so is the whole family. A previous report from the Mission Network News will give you some background from before.
Today the Baptist Press is updating this story from MNN's story from December. Here's the beginning...
BEIJING (BP)--Shi Weihan, a Chinese bookstore owner in Beijing, has been rearrested for publishing Bibles and Christian literature during a time when a shortage of such materials has been reported in China.
Shi, a 37-year-old father of two daughters, was taken into custody for a second time March 19 and has been held without family visits, China Aid Association said in a news release April 22.
"His wife said she received no word on her husband's condition, and she has been prevented from bringing any food or change of clothing since his rearrest," Daniel Burton, a spokesman for China Aid, told Baptist Press. "She is very concerned about his health due to his diabetes and the deprivation and torture that's often used by Public Security Bureau officials on the arrested."
Burton said Shi's second arrest was unexpected.