What is going on with Gao Zhisheng

I recently got an email from Christianity Today International about Gao Zhisheng, a  forty-four-year-old  Chinese human-rights lawyer, who has been fighting for the rights of those Christians that are in house Chruchs.

Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, has now been missing 76 days, and there is increasing concern for his life. He was last seen being hauled away from his home by more than a dozen police officers on February 4. Reports from inside China indicate he is undergoing brutal torture.

The situation is critical, and with each day that passes, Gao Zhisheng’s life hangs in the balance.

Because of Gao’s work defending house church Christians and others persecuted in China, the Chinese government wants to silence his voice. ChinaAid president, Bob Fu calls Gao’s torture “the most severe persecution in China’s modern history.” Gao’s wife and two children, who have also been abused and tormented by the police, escaped to the U.S. less than two weeks ago. His family is afraid that authorities, furious at their escape, are taking revenge on Gao.

ChinaAid and The Voice of the Martyrs, together with Gao Zhisheng’s wife and children, call on all Christians and those who value human dignity and justice to speak out on Gao Zhisheng’s behalf by signing a petition to free Gao.

This blog from The New Yorker also has some good information about this situation.  Please be praying for his safe return, but more that people will come to Christ because of the sacrifices that he has made.

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