UPDATE October 16, 2014
Alimujiang’s wife reports that he is pale and weak, but he is doing well spiritually. She asks for prayers for her husband and her children, who are having a hard time without their father. The younger child, who is six, dreams of his father being released, and the older child has become discouraged and depressed. Please continue to pray for this family.
UPDATE February 1, 2014
Alimujiang is reported to be in poor health. Please pray for him and his wife and 2 young children.
UPDATE July 8, 2013
Open Doors reports that prison life has been very hard for Alimujiang. He has to purchase anything he needs in prison, and items cost several times more than they do outside of prison. He is only allowed one visitor per month–usually his wife, Gulnur, or his mother will come. Friends say that, considering everything, he is doing well. Alimujiang has served 6 years of a 15 year sentence for “instigating separatism and revealing state secrets” as he ministered his Christian faith among the Uyghur people. Please continue to pray for his wife, his two young sons, and his congregation during this very hard time.
UPDATE July 3, 2013
A representative of Voice of the Martyrs recently visited Alimujiang in prison, where he’s been since February 2008. He reported that he is doing fine. Please continue to pray for him, his wife, and his two young sons, as well as the church that he was leading. Consider sending him a letter of encouragement (address is below).
Father God, Alimujiang has been imprisoned for over 5 years now; that means that he has spent half of his life as a Christian in prison! His two little boys are growing up without their daddy. Be their father, Lord, and fill them with the peace and joy of Your spirit. Strengthen his wife. Support her strongly and bring her the help she needs as she walks through this treacherous situation. I thank you for the joyful spirit You have given to Alimujiang and the testimony he is for you in prison. Be everything to him, Lord. Draw him closer to You than he ever could be apart from this experience. Make him fruitful in his prison work, giving him lovely fruit that will last forever. Bless him with the power of Your presence. Speak clearly to him, and prepare his way before him. Let Your kingdom come to that prison, for the sake of Jesus, who loves us and gave himself for us. Amen
Alimujiang Yimiti became a Christian more than 10 years ago. He is active in the growing Uyghur church. The Chinese government closed his business in September of 2007, accusing him of using it as a cover for “preaching Christianity among people of Uyghur ethnicity.” He has since been arrested (January 2008) and accused of “subversion of the national government and endangering national security,” a crime punishable by death. Alimujiang’s most recent trial began on May 27, 2012. The case was referred back to the Chinese Public Security Bureau due to “insufficient evidence.” He is still in prison awaiting the outcome of the review. His case has been “reviewed” numerous times, and the original sentence set down in August of 2009 has been upheld. At that time he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for “suspicion of inciting people to secede from China” and “illegally providing state secrets to foreigners.”
Alimujiang’s wife, Gulinuer, was recently informed by prison officials that she would no longer be allowed to visit her husband once a month, but would only be allowed entrance once every 3 months. The last visit (November 2012) only lasted 15 minutes. Since then she has been allowed to speak with her husband one time, by phone, on New Year’s day. The family’s lawyer believes these restrictions are illegal, and are related to Alimujiang’s most recent appeal.
What you can do:
Pray for Alimugiang, his wife, Gulinuer, and his family.
Write to him:
The Xinjiang No. 3 Prison
No.1339, Dongzhan Road
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
People’s Republic of China
Note–When writing to political and religious prisoners, please don’t mention the names of any organizations from which you received the information. This may result in harsher punishment of prisoners. Be polite and respectful of their countries. Use the letters to send encouragement and support.
Information Source: Voice of the Martyrs
Lord in Heaven, You are the maker of heaven and earth. All things are in Your hands, and nothing happens apart from You. Lift up Alimujiang and Gulinuer in Your strong, mighty right hand. Fill them with wisdom, peace, love, and contentment. Let their lives shine out with Your light, filling the dark places around them. Let them be fruitful during this time of affliction, as You live Your life through them. Open up the hearts and minds of their captors, the prosecutors, and the judges, so that they can see the glorious light of Your presence shining through Your children. Strengthen your people. Encourage them. Reveal Yourself to them in new ways, and work a fresh new work in and through them. Protect Gulinuer and all of the family members and friends who are affected by this situation. Work strongly in the churches that Alimujiang has helped to establish. May they flourish during his absence, and grow strong in You and in the power of Your might. Let Your will be done in this situation on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.