Freedom and Christianity in China

Freedom and Christianity in China
April 24, 2013 12:00 ET

Come join FRC and hear Mr. Bob Fu speak about religious freedom and the Chinese house church, including religious persecution in China and how the global church can prepare for a future democratic, free China by obeying the biblical mandate to support the persecuted. As Christians we are all united under the banner of Christ and should seek to help on another in time of need whether next door or around the world.

Bob Fu is Founder and President of ChinaAid. Bob is one of the leading voices in the world for the persecuted church in China. He was born and raised in mainland China and graduated from the School of International Relations of People's (Renmin) University in Beijing. He later taught English to Communist Party officials at the Beijing Administrative College and Beijing Party School of the Chinese Communist Party from 1993-1996. He pastored a house church in Beijing until he and his wife were jailed for two months for "illegal evangelism" in 1996.

Bob and his wife, Heidi, fled to the United States as religious refugees in 1997. Bob founded the China Aid Association (CAA) in order to draw international attention to China's gross human rights violations against house church Christians. As president of CAA, Bob has testified before the Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, the House International Relations Committee, US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and the Task Force on International Religious Freedom. He has also testified before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (USCHR), the Foreign Press Association, and diplomats of EU member states and leaders of the European Union Commission and the European Parliament; including the EU Parliament Vice-President, Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott. President George W Bush invited him along with four other freedom fighters to the White House in 2008 for consultation about religious freedom and human rights in China.

Bob is a visiting professor in Religion and Philosophy at Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a Research PHD candidate at Durham University, UK. In 2012 Bob was awarded an honorary doctorate degree on global Christian leadership by Midwest University and has been serving as a distinguished professor on religion and public policy in the same institution. In addition to being the China analyst for Voice of the Martyrs, Bob is the Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Law and Religion Monitor, a journal on religious freedom and the rule of law in China, and the guest editor for Chinese Law and Government, a journal by University of California, Los Angeles. He received the 2007 John Leland Religious Liberty Award from the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).

He and Heidi have three children, Daniel, Tracy, and Melissa.


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