Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan, known for traveling across China on a bicycle to evangelize, was arrested by Chinese police just two days before the Olympics began. Pastor Bike was the inspiration for the recent partnership between The Voice of the Martyrs and China Aid Association to create the Olympic Prayer Band.
Earlier this year, Pastor Bike pleaded with VOM staff to ask Christians to pray for persecuted Christians in China during the Olympics. The pastor voluntarily preaches the gospel openly in China despite being persecuted. He has asked for his identity to be revealed to bring continued attention to the persecution of Christians in Communist China.
Pastor “Bike” was the inspiration for this movement of prayer…and he is currently paying the penalty in a jail cell:
On Aug. 6, Pastor Bike was arrested while trying to deliver medicine to his ailing wife. His wife and another pastor were also arrested. We have also learned this week that Chinese officials are opening a full investigation of the Olympic Prayer Bands that were distributed to house church members within China. Despite this increased pressure from Chinese authorities, Chinese Christians continue to ask for prayer and to make their plight known.
Obviously, you don’t need a prayer band to pray for the persecuted church in China and across the world. Let’s pray that the Lord would allow pastor Bike and others to rejoice in suffering, knowing that this is not their final home.
You can order your own prayer bands here and also make a donation to the Voice of the Martyrs.
(HT: Voice of the Martyrs)