Updated June 2012: Pastor Yang Rongli of the Linfen house church in Linfen, China remains in prison. Yang Rongli was the teaching pastor, while her husband Wang Xiaoguang was the head pastor. She sentenced to seven years in prison for her leadership of the technically illegal church. Yang's sister-in-law, Yang Caizhen, was released from prison last year. Continue to pray for Yang Rongli, her family, and for the church as they function without many of their leaders. www.prisoneralert.com
Arrested: November 2009
Days Imprisoned: 996
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On Nov. 25, 2009, Pastor Yang Rongli and four other Linfen-Fushan church leaders from Shanxi Province were sentenced to criminal detention for two to seven years, according to China Aid Association. The five church leaders were accused of "gathering people to disturb the public order," because they organized a prayer rally on Sept. 14, the day after 400 military police raided the church's grounds. During the raid, more than 30 believers were seriously wounded and 17 buildings were destroyed.
Yang Rongli is scheduled to be released in 2017.
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