Pastor Zhang Shaojie had been the leader of the Nanle County Christian Church in Henan.
In July 2014, he was sentenced to twelve years in prison for alleged fraud and disrupting social order. At the time, his family was forced to flee the country, and left for the United States.
Three years later, it was reported that Pastor Zhang was barely alive after suffering various forms of torture, and his daughter expressed concern for his mental and physical health.
When family members saw him in December 2019, they reported dramatic changes to his personality and that his mental state was failing. The family also raised suspicions about the medication he had been prescribed.
It was recently reported that Pastor Zhang has now been transferred to Zhengzhou City to serve the remaining five years of his sentence.
The first two months in the new prison will be for treatment misleadingly referred to as “concentrated education”.
Following that time, only one visitor per month will be permitted, as long as they have proof of their relationship with him.
Let us pray.
- Intercede on behalf of Pastor Zhang, specifically for his need for mental, emotional and physical healing.
- Pray that the treatment he receives in prison will notably improve and that he will receive the medical attention and care he needs.
- Ask God to provide comfort, strength and hope to Pastor Zhang, and to his family and church. Ask God to hasten his release.