U.S. Army Chaplain and Tiananmen Square Veterans Join in 'Prayers for China'
June 4, 2010
WASHINGTON, (christiansunite.com) -- Born and raised in China, Capt. Xiong Yan will never forget standing in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, watching the tanks alter his future forever. Targeted as one of the 21 Most Wanted Student Leaders by the Chinese Government after June 4, Xiong Yan was hunted down and imprisoned for 19 months. Ranked No. 4 on the Most Wanted list, fellow student leader Chai Ling was also forced to flee following the massacre, escaping in a wooden crate on a ship to Hong Kong.
Despite the painful memories of June 4, Chai Ling and Capt. Xiong Yan see another day that changed their lives forever--the day they chose to become Christians. In 1992, Capt. Xiong Yan was released from prison, and became a Christian after seeking refuge in the United States. After 20 years of pain from her exile, Chai Ling became a Christian in December 2009. Their respective decisions of faith gave each a new mission, one of hope and restoration.
Today, Captain Xiong Yan is a distinguished Chaplain in the U.S. Army, ministering to thousands of men and women in uniform. Chai Ling is a successful entrepreneur and proud mother, committed to raising awareness for and bringing hope to the mothers and children who have suffered under China's brutal One Child Policy.
Highlighting these and other powerful stories, ChinaAid and All Girls Allowed have joined together to host a bilingual prayer service on June 3, the eve of the 21st Anniversary of Tiananmen Square. The two-hour "Prayers for China" event will be held from 7:30-9:30 PM at The Falls Church in VA. A free Fellowship Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM in Nicholson Hall. Capt. Xiong Yan and Chai Ling will share their testimonies, and Bob Fu among other Chinese pastors will speak out on the persecution of independent house churches in China. Renowned scholar David Aikman will join the pastors in welcoming guests to pray for China. This event is open to the public.