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US Official: Malaysia Flight Likely Crashed in Indian Ocean.


A senior U.S. official tells CNN that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 likely crashed in the Indian Ocean.

The network’s source says “there is probably a significant likelihood” the plane, which disappeared nearly a week ago with 239 people on board, turned west and flew over the Malaysian Peninsula and the Indian Ocean before crashing.

The network says Malaysian authorities have a record of several pings the aircraft’s engines made with satellites orbiting the earth after its transponder turned off. Their pattern indicates the plane turned west, flew across Malaysia, and above the Indian Ocean. Malaysian authorities, CNN’s source says, believe the plane flew for 4-5 hours after it lost contact with radar on the ground.

There were no pings that indicated an impact of any kind on land or in water.

ABC News, meanwhile, has two sources that say U.S. authorities believe the plane’s two communications systems were manually shut down from within the cockpit.  The system that reports data, officials believe, was turned off at 1:07 a.m. The transponder that tracks the plane’s location and altitude was shut down at 1:21 a.m.

Both systems were “systematically shut down,” U.S. investigators told ABC. The Americans, the report says, are “convinced that there was manual intervention” involved.

The USS Kidd, a Navy destroyer, is en route to the Indian Ocean to begin searching for the plane. It had been searching in areas south of the Gulf of Thailand with another destroyer, the USS Pinckney.

CNN’s source says his information is not 100 percent certain at this time. But the source says the United States is concerned that Malaysia is not sharing all the information it has related to the missing jetliner.

The White House said a new search may be started in the Indian Ocean, significantly broadening the potential location of the plane,

Expanding the search area to the Indian Ocean would be consistent with the theory that the Boeing 777 detoured to the west about an hour after take-off from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.

“It’s my understanding that based on some new information that’s not necessarily conclusive — but new information — an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters in Washington.

Carney did not specify the nature of the new information and Malaysian officials were not immediately available to comment.

The disappearance is one of the most baffling mysteries in the history of modern aviation. There has been no trace of the plane nor any sign of wreckage despite a search by the navies and military aircraft of more than a dozen countries across Southeast Asia.

Satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from the aircraft after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.

But the “pings” indicated its maintenance troubleshooting systems were switched on and ready to communicate with satellites, showing the aircraft was at least capable of communicating after losing touch with air traffic controllers.

The system transmits such pings about once an hour, according to the sources, who said five or six were heard. However, the pings alone are not proof that the plane was in the air or on the ground, the sources said.

Malaysian authorities have said the last civilian contact occurred as the Boeing 777-200ER flew north into the Gulf of Thailand. They said military radar sightings indicated it may have turned sharply to the west and crossed the Malay Peninsula toward the Andaman Sea.

The new information about signals heard by satellites shed little light on the mystery of what happened to the plane, whether it was a technical failure, a hijacking, or another kind of incident on board.

While the troubleshooting systems were functioning, no data links were opened, the sources said, because the companies involved had not subscribed to that level of service from the satellite operator, the sources said.

Boeing and Rolls-Royce, which supplied the plane’s Trent engines, declined to comment.

Earlier, Malaysian officials denied reports that the aircraft had continued to send technical data and said there was no evidence that it flew for hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers early last Saturday.

“It’s extraordinary that with all the technology that we’ve got that an aircraft can disappear like this,” Tony Tyler, the head of the International Air Transport Association that links over 90 percent of the world’s airlines, told reporters in London.

Ships and aircraft are now combing a vast area that had already been widened to cover both sides of the Malay Peninsula and the Andaman Sea.

The U.S. Navy was sending an advanced P-8A Poseidon plane to help search the Strait of Malacca, separating the Malay Peninsula from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It had already deployed a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft to those waters.

India’s Defense Ministry has ordered the deployment of ships and  aircraft from the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands, at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. An Indian P8I Poseidon surveillance plane was sent to the Andaman islands on Thursday.

China, which had more than 150 citizens on board the missing plane, has deployed four warships, four coast guard vessels, eight aircraft, and trained 10 satellites on a wide search area. Chinese media have described the ship deployment as the largest Chinese rescue fleet ever assembled.

On the sixth day of the search, planes scanned an area of sea where Chinese satellite images had shown what could be debris, but found no sign of the airliner.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference the images were provided accidentally, saying the Chinese government neither authorized nor endorsed putting them on a website. “The image is not confirmed to be connected to the plane,” he said.

It was the latest in a series of contradictory reports, adding to the confusion and agony of the relatives of the passengers.

As frustration mounted over the failure to find any trace of the plane, China heaped pressure on Malaysia to improve coordination in the search.

Premier Li Keqiang, speaking at a news conference in Beijing, demanded that the “relevant party” step up coordination while China’s civil aviation chief said he wanted a “smoother” flow of information from Malaysia, which has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the disaster.

Malaysian police have said they were investigating whether any passengers or crew on the plane had personal or psychological problems that might shed light on the mystery, along with the possibility of a hijacking, sabotage, or mechanical failure.

The Boeing 777 has one of the best safety records of any commercial aircraft in service. Its only previous fatal crash came last July 6, when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 struck a seawall with its undercarriage on landing in San Francisco, killing three people.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Northern leaders sponsor Boko Haram.


 
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Chairman of the Niger Delta Nationalities Forum, Seigha Manager has said that the threat by members of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF)

to drag the former chief of army staff, Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, clearly shows that they are the real sponsors of the Boko Haram Islamist sect.

Manager, who said President Goodluck Jonathan has done well to deserve a second term in office, also warned that any attempt by any person or group of persons to deny Jonathan the right to contest in 2015 will cause chaos in the polity.

In this interview, he speaks on a number of issues.

Excerpts.

Do you think President Goodluck Jonathan has done well to deserve a second term in office?

I think he has done well and when you measure the performance of a person, you have to do that side-by-side with the performances of that nature within the same period. Everybody knows that former President Obasanjo spent his first four years in office from 1999 to 2003, traversing the whole world. Of course, you cannot blame him because Nigeria was a pariah country at the time. The CommonWealth of Nations had banned Nigeria when the former Head of State, late Gen Abacha killed Ken Saro-Wiwa. So, Obasanjo spent between 1999 and 2003 trying to get the rest of the international community to begin to now believe in Nigeria. If you look at the personnel that worked with Obasanjo at that time, you can remember people like Anenih, Ciroma, Danjuma and others.

These were people who are supposed to be fathers of minsters but they were the ministers then, so not much was achieved. In his second term, Obasanjo was able to sit down and that was when people like Ribadu, Okonjo-Iweala, Ezekwesili, El-Rufai and the rest of them came on board. They gave some light to his government and that was about two years to the end of his tenure. Of course, that was why he tried to come back through the failed third term project. When Yar’Adua took over from him in 2007, he also spent the first two years trying to sort out his personal health and at the same time trying to correct some of the wrong things he met.

So, Yar’Adua’s portfolio too was a very good one but when you look at Jonathan, you see the difference between a properly educated person and a politician. Jonathan is an academic. He started by ensuring that the right personnel work with him. So, you can see that a lot of technocrats are in his government. It takes quite a long time for serious planning. Somebody who wants to achieve must ensure he has good planning. Recall too that over $16 billion was spent for upgrading our electricity during the Obasanjo administration and all went down the drain. But, Jonathan has taken his time within the first two years to ensure that the first and most important thing was to repackage the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). He has successfully done that; PHCN is now in the hands of private owners. So, Nigerians can, within the next six months, be sure of between 12 to 18 hours of uninterrupted power supply. And those are the things that will truly show that he has succeeded. Now, if you want to truly measure Jonathan, you must not do that by his person because he is an introverted person.

He is not the extroverted type that talks a lot about his achievements. He is a man who works through sectors. He is not a man who goes from house to house giving money to people, non-governmental organisations or groups making noise but a man who works through sectors. That is why his performance in the aviation sector is now visible. Nigerians can also see what is happening in the agricultural sector and people can criticise it. Nigerians can see that electricity is epileptic but it has shown progress. If you look at the transport sector, you now see clearly that a lot of gigantic work is being put in place. So, Jonathan is putting structures all over Nigeria and you must move from point A to B to know that he is actually doing something. But, those who sit where they are to say that nothing is happening are actually those who are just relying on secondary information. We also know another category of people who are saying that he has not done well. These are people who have been benefiting from the system in one way or the other but because some of the loopholes and leakages from where they benefited in the past have all been blocked, such people are now ploughing back the little money left with them into the press and making a lot of noise that he is not doing well. I can categorically tell you that one of the problems that Jonathan has is his information management machinery. Without prejudice to the minister of information, I think there is more that the minister can do because selling the president and his activities is a big job; far bigger than what any of the ministers is doing in his or her own personal ministry. It takes the minister of information to tell Nigerians what aviation, agriculture, defence, power, health, education and other ministries are doing.

Can you say that Jonathan’s government has really addressed the three basic needs of man –food, clothing and shelter for the average Nigerian?

This is one of the misconceptions that we have. Food, clothing and shelter are the primary needs of man and these needs ought to be provided at the third tier of government. The Federal Government is not supposed to be held responsible for the survival of Nigerians at the family level. What is the local government chairman doing? What is the state governor doing? Of course housing, yes, the Federal Government should have been directly involved in that but you also know the politics that come with housing in Nigeria. What Jonathan government is doing is to provide the atmosphere and not necessarily getting the Federal Government involved in providing housing because the Nigeria factor is always there.

Has government provided the enabling environment?

Yes, it has. Remember that when the former Housing minister, Miss Amah Pepple was there. What they spent all their time doing was to galvanise the mortgage industry and the banks to ensure that the ordinary Nigerian had access to mortgage loan, so that you can build for yourself rather than the Federal Government giving money to certain people and they would build houses that are not habitable.

But has that produced any result?

Successfully, what it has produced is a $300 billion loan from China. That is the result of what that has done. It started from Amah Pepple’s time and when the president went to China and the Chinese government saw the potentials in what the Federal Government was doing to provide housing, they became interested because that is what happens in China. In China, it is not the government that is building houses; it only provides mortgage and that is why a new mortgage re-financing was recently launched in Nigeria. The aim is to reach ordinary Nigerians. So, no Federal Government official will be holding any money and asking the whole of his town or village people to come and benefit. People will be benefiting through where they work, at the primary or secondary levels; through the local or state governments or as a federal worker. Providing that platform is the most important thing that we have always lost. In the past, a head of state or president will personally give it to his cronies and they will mess it up. Before you know what is happening, billions of money have gone to people without the structure succeeding. You recall that during the Abacha time, Lateef Jakande, who is renowned for providing shelter for his people in Lagos was the minister for Works and Housing. I was a civil servant then and we all contributed money towards the housing scheme but because the Federal Government was directly involved, the money never came and Jakande never built a single house. Those are the type of things that Jonathan is trying to avoid; that’s why I said he is working with experts in their various areas.

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has just threatened to drag the immediate past chief of army staff, Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes during the military onslaught on the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East. What is your take on that?

The Niger Delta Nationalities Forum as a group wants to say that Lt-Gen Ihejirika is not from the Niger Delta but he brought a lot of positive developments to the Armed forces and that is why Jonathan’s government has succeeded in curtailing the activities of Boko Haram to a small section of the North. We want to urge those who are masquerading as members of NEF to take Ihejirika to ICC at The Hague. We will be happy if they do so and we’ll also urge them to make their names known. They shouldn’t send their organisational name alone; they should also be bold to list all the members of that organisation to the ICC, so that we, in turn, will use that opportunity to know them and submit their names before the United Nations and the United States of America. Recall that America had already classified Boko Haram as a terrorist group . And Jonathan’s government has been battling the Boko Haram insurgents. From a N4.9 trillion budget, one trillion goes to security just to battle Boko Haram alone and Nigerians are the worst for it. Today, instead of praising Ihejirika who had successfully resticted the group to a very tiny area in the North, NEF is saying he committed crimes against humanity. If that is what they truly mean, we are prepared to submit their names before the UN as the sponsors of Boko Haram. We know very well that former President Babangida, former heads of state; Gowon and Abdulsalami Abubakar as well as Maitama Sule are not members of that group. So, if these renowned northern leaders are not part of such group, who then are those people who call themselves leaders of that group? We believe that they are the sponsors of Boko Haram and we want them to carry out that threat.

Former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife recently added his voice to those who warned that Nigeria would boil if Jonathan is not allowed to contest the 2015 presidential election. How does your group see those threats or warnings?

As a group from the Niger Delta, we are appealing to Nigerians that as Niger Deltans, we have paid our dues. We have supported every government led by the northerners or westerners from independence to date. It is either by coincidence or accident that a Niger Delta person became the president of Nigeria and we thank all Nigerians for the opportunity. We also think that giving Jonathan another four years will not cause Nigeria any harm; it will only unite Nigeria further and give us a sense of belonging that we are also part of Nigeria.

However, if any group, in the name of NEF or whatever insists on denying Jonathan his fundamental human rights of contesting for a second term, we can assure them that the Niger Delta will not be part of that Nigeria which they think they will use our resources to project. In simple terms, if they do that, everybody is going to answer his own name. If Jonathan is allowed to contest the election like any other Nigerian and Nigerians as a people decide not to choose Jonathan in the polls, there is nothing anybody can do about that because Nigerians have spoken. It is who Nigerians want that will be the president of Nigeria. So, if Jonathan contests election and Nigerians refuse to elect him as the president, so be it.

By SUNDAY ANI

Source: Radio Biafra.

Worshippers Thought They Were Being Robbed During Police Raid.


Chinese Christians
Chinese Christians (Voice of the Martyrs)

Chinese police raided multiple house church gatherings last month in northwestern China in an apparent crackdown on “illegal” Christian gatherings, according to International Christian Concern (ICC).

The leaders of the Christian gatherings were detained for questioning, and two were sentenced to several days of public security detention. Christians in China are required by law to attend government-sanctioned religious services, while those under the age of 18 are prohibited from attending religious services of any kind.

According to ChinaAid, worshippers present at one of the raids on June 9 said unidentified intruders stormed the home where a worship service was being conducted and shouted, “Yours is an illegal assembly, and all of you must stay still!”

Worshippers initially thought they were being robbed, as the police were dressed in plain clothes and refused to show identification. Police proceeded to question members of the church, located in the Shayibake District of Urumqi, for an hour and threatened to take younger members away for further questioning. Eventually, Brother Tan Wen, believed to be the group’s leader, was detained, sentenced to 10 days of public security detention and fined 500 yuan, or about $80.

In a separate police raid last month, 60-year-old Zhu Jinfeng, who led a small Bible study with neighbors in Urumqi for more than 10 years, was also detained and charged with conducting “illegal” Christian activities. Police fined Ms. Zhu 200 yuan, or about $30, before releasing her.

Despite feeling “shaken” by the raid, Ms. Zhu reportedly attempted to file an application for “administrative reconsideration” of her case with authorities but was turned down upon her initial attempt. Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Ms. Zhu said she feels “lost and desperate” and has stopped worshipping in her own home.

The raids took place in Urumqi, capital of the highly volatile Xinjiang Province. Tensions in the region have been high between the indigenous Uighur population and ethnic Han Chinese settlers. The latter moved in at the behest of the Chinese government, which has sparked violent clashes between the groups over the past several years. China maintains a heavy security presence in the area to clamp down on any perceived dissent.

Xinjiang Province is also home to Alimujiang Yimiti, an Uighur house church leader and father of two. He was detained in 2007 for “spreading Christianity” and secretly sentenced in 2009 to 15 years of imprisonment. His case is widely believed to represent one of the most egregious sentences given to a Christian leader in China in recent years. Last week, ICC submitted a petition to Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai calling for Yimiti’s immediate release.

“This string of recently reported raids on Christian gatherings in Xinjiang Province is very disturbing. China publicly claims to value human rights, including the basic tenets of religious freedom, and has convinced many in the outside world that Christians are no longer the subject of government-sponsored persecution,” says Ryan Morgan, ICC’s regional manager for China.

“Although overall conditions may have improved over the last decade, these raids are clear evidence that Christians who choose to worship outside of state-controlled religious organizations remain subject at any time to arrest, deprivation of property and monetary fines at the very least. For individuals like Alimujiang Yimiti, practicing one’s faith has meant much worse. ICC calls on the Chinese government to immediately end police raids on Christian gatherings and release all those who remain detained for practicing their faith, including Alimujiang Yimiti,” Morgan says.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Report: Blind Anti-Abortion Activist Tortured for Four Hours.


Chen Guangchengs and family
Chen Guangchengs and family. (ChinaAid)

ChinaAid is revealing the gut-wrenching details of a brutal four-hour beating of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife, about whom there has been no reliable news for months. China‘s government officials tortured the couple in front of their young child.

The July beating is but one episode in a pattern of horrific persecution against Chen because he exposed the violent and deadly measures used by Chinese authorities to enforce the nation’s One-child policy. The couple endured a similarly brutal beating in February after they smuggled out a videotape documenting the shocking conditions of their illegal house arrest following Chen’s release from prison.

A reliable source told ChinaAid that the July beating occurred after a storm knocked out equipment that authorities had installed in the Guangchengs’ house to cut off all their telecommunications contact with the outside world. With the equipment disabled, Chen was able to make phone calls on July 25, but the calls were intercepted by authorities. On July 28, Shuanghou town mayor Zhang Jian led a group of people to the home and beat and tortured the couple for four hours.

This is the sequence of events:

  • 2 p.m.—authorities clear out everyone from Guangcheng’s village
  • 3 p.m.—authorities conduct an exhaustive search of Guangcheng’s home and find a phone card in a pile of ashes
  • 4 p.m.—authorities start the beating. Chen Guancheng’s screams of pain were heard first, while his wife, Yuan Weijing, was heard shouting angrily and their son, Kesi, cried. After a while, Weijing’s screams of pain could also be heard. From then until 8 p.m., the only sounds were screams of pain.

Some time later, a village doctor was permitted to give Guangcheng some cursory medical treatment.

During the four-hour beating, Guancheng’s elderly mother, who lives with them, was prevented from entering their home. When she was finally allowed to go in, neighbors heard her burst into tears, and her anguished cries—described as “gut-wrenching to hear”—continued for a long time.

According to the source, Zhang tortured Guancheng to try to get him to tell how he got the phone card to make the calls on July 25 and to reveal where he had hidden it. When Guancheng and his wife refused to give any details, their house was ransacked until the phone card was found in a pile of ashes.

Then the mayor’s men viciously beat up Guancheng and his wife in the presence of their son, Kesi. “As family men themselves with parents and children, how could they inflict such inhuman pain on a little boy?” the source asked.

ChinaAid’s founder and president Bob Fu said, “We condemn the Shandong authorities for their extreme brutality against innocent blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife.

“The Chinese government‘s brutality against brave individuals like Mr. Chen who promote the rule of law should certainly make the world seriously doubt the sincerity of the Chinese government’s commitment to international human rights,” Fu added.

Guangcheng was imprisoned for four years and three months for exposing the violent measures used to enforce China’s One-child policy, including forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations that in his county alone in 2005 numbered 130,000.

Since his release from prison in Sept. 2010, Guangcheng has been kept under illegal house arrest, denied medical treatment for serious intestinal problems and deprived of all contact with the outside world. Reporters and activists who have tried to visit him have been roughed up and turned away.

As a result, there has been no reliable information about Guangcheng and his family for months, although there have been unconfirmed reports this fall that Guangcheng might have been killed by Chinese authorities.

On July 21, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed an amendment to the State Department 2012 appropriation bill supporting Guangcheng and his wife.

By Mark Shan.

China’s Forced Abortion Policy Not Ending As Planned.


 China's One Child policy

Despite some changes, China’s one-child family planning program remains a source of coercion, forced abortions, infanticide and perilously imbalanced boy-girl ratios. (AP Images/Ng Han Guan)

Fast approaching is an anniversary that should not happen.

Churches throughout the nation will recognize but not celebrate the anniversary of China’s One-Child Policy.

Most people know that the policy has brought death throughout all of China, and combined with a son-preference, has meant the loss of millions of little girls.

But not everybody realizes that the policy was set to end in September 2010—three decades after it was created.

According to Chai Ling, his autumn marks the 31st anniversary of the policy, which—with its violent forced abortions and sterilizations, heavy fines and destruction of property—“has already prevented 400 million lives,” according to official Chinese government records.

Is there an end in sight? No. China has decided to keep the policy around “for decades to come.”

“As Christians, our only reaction should be deep sadness and outrage that leads to desperate prayer,” says Ling, founder of All Girls Allowed, a humanitarian organization devoted to restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China.

“We are standing up to a massive communist government and saying that every baby deserves to live.

This is God giving us an opportunity to pray more desperately than we ever have before. ”

Churches around the world will view a short video then pause to pray for China and remember the 37 million girls lost to the policy since it was created in 1980.

“One out of every five people lives in China,” says Ling.

“It’s 2011 and the world is getting smaller.

The response we’ve seen from churches all throughout America shows that believers are becoming increasingly concerned for their oppressed brothers and sisters worldwide.”

The campaign’s website is found at http://allgirlsallowed.org/37seconds.

It includes an up-to-the-minute map with pinpoints representing participating churches and campuses throughout the U.S., and offers free resources to individuals and groups willing to participate.

By DALE TESSA.

China trip April 2011.


Work in China is hard, exhausting, scary, and rewarding.   In early April 2011 I traveled to China with 14 others. We brought in study bibles for pastors of the underground church and gospel tracts in Chinese.

Each of us brought in about 150 lbs of material. Getting through customs at the airport is a fairly simple procedure, you just walk through the nothing to declare line and pray that they do not pull you aside to look into your bags.

All 15 of us got through safely without our bags being checked thanks to prayer and God. Since we all tried to go through at different times we all have different stories. Here is mine. After getting all of my bags (5 in all ), I went to the nothing to declare line. The line ( ie. mass of people ) was large and moving slow because they were checking bags.

About ten minutes later I was about 30 feet from the officials but because there were so many people coming in behind us, the customs officials started waving through many people at a time to ease the congestion. This is when i got through.

After staying in a hostel, the next day we delivered our bibles to a contact that will distribute them to the underground church, and then we took a sleeper train 17 hours to our base city in Western China.

There we were broken up into sub teams of 2-4 people. Our missionary that lives and works out there gave us our orders and schedules for each sub team. Victor and I traveled south of our base city.

We left for city #1 the same day. It was about a five hour bus ride. We found a hotel to stay at and slept for a few hours before going out to place our tracts. Because we arrived at night and were new at this we placed about 200 tracts, or crumbs we called them.

On our best night we placed 700-750 crumbs in a city.   To go out crumbing you wear dark clothes with lots of pockets and /or a backpack. We went out into a city at 11:00 pm at the earliest and invested 3-6 hours placing crumbs.

This was hard because there were many people still walking around at all hours of the night. It was ok to be seen, just not seen placing a crumb. We would go to residential areas and place the crumbs at their doors or gates, and also under the metal doors of businesses.

We left early in the morning and took a bus to city #2. There we checked out the city and rested. The next day we stored some of our bags and took a bus to city #3. City #3  was a city in the mountains that an earthquake  triggered landslide killed about 1000 people including many kids in an elementary school. City #3 also had many Tibetans living there.

We got there early because it was a short distance, found a hotel and started walking around the city. ( partly to look for good places to go crumbing at night ) The path of the landslide was very large and they were building a memorial at the top of the slide.

We met many people there including some tibetans because the people were very friendly there. However while we were walking around about six plain clothes policemen stopped us and asked us a bunch of questions like “why are you here?”, “when are you leaving?”, and “why are you here?”.

One policeman even took my camera and started looking at all of the photos I had on it. They took us to a storefront to copy our passports and visas and then let  us go, but one of the officers followed us the rest of the afternoon.

We went back to our hotel to find that the hotel staff wanted copies of our passports and visas also. We had some dinner and then went to bed still planning on going out that night at 11:00 pm. At 10:30 pm however three policemen walked into our hotel room without even knocking. They started asking us the same questions like “why are you here?”.

They left shortly after that because we were telling them “we just wanted see the city where the landslide was” Because of this we decided to not go out crumbing that night, and we got the first bus out or town in the morning.

We went back to city #2 where some of our bags were and we checked into the hotel. Because it was a Sunday we decided to check out a church that was on the hillside of the city. Yes there was a church with a large red cross on it sitting on a hillside above the entire city!

Each local or city government in China operates  by some of their own rules so apparently this city is ok with non-registered churches being there.  Our taxi only took us so far and then we had to walk up a steep dirt trail to get to the church.

When we were close to the top we could hear the people praising God with Chinese hymns. We got there just as they were starting. The church was full of people but they made room for us. We sat through the entire service in Chinese and met the pastor and others afterwards.

We found out at this time that they were not a three self church but an  independent church. We used our phrasebooks to communicate. That night we continued our crumbing and left the next morning.

The next day was a grueling 13 hour bus ride over a high mountain  pass to a big city on the plains. The roads were bumpy dirt roads and on the way down they were building a brand new four lane highway complete with many tunnels and bridges.

Traveling down the mountain was like going through a large construction zone. One good thing about this trip is that we saw some spectacular  scenery that most people will never see. Especially after the new highway is compete because a tunnel cuts off the entire top of the mountain. When we got to city #4 we rested and the next night we invested our crumbs.

Going to our next city we had to take a bus ride to a city in between, then wait three hours in their bus station before getting another bus to city #5. While waiting in the bus station the government  officials were conducting a “job fair”. there were hundreds of chinese people inside and outside filling out applications for something, probably work.

After about two hours of waiting in the bus station, Victor decided to start handing out gospel tracts! A big no-no in the training manual. In about five minuets he handed out about 50 tracts. Everyone in the bus station was reading our tracts. After awhile we saw two men showing a police officer our tracts and pointing to us.

Did I forget to mention that they were building a brand new mosque outside the bus station. Well the police officers were to busy with all of the people coming to fill out job applications so they left us alone.

A half an hour later (what seemed to me like an eternity) our bus came and we left for city #5. In city #5 we rested and invested crumbs the next night.

Leaving early for city #6, our bus went over another high mountain pass with snow on it this time. City #6 was high in elevation and it was a tourist town.

There were old tall stone walls around the center of the city and all of the buildings were timber frame construction. There were many Tibetans living in the city as well. We rested and invested our crumbs the next night.

Our next three cities were in primarily Tibetan areas with some big monasteries in the towns. We found out at the bus station that the police were not letting any foreigners into those towns at the present time. They would not sell us any bus tickets into that area.

This is not unusual as the Chinese government closes Tibetan areas to foreigners all the time. We had to  backtrack to City #4, the large city on the plains. We invested crumbs there during the night and the next night we took a overnight train ride to our base city.

In the base city all of the teams got together two days earlier than planed. It was good to be all back together as one. We had a problem though, we still had over 30 boxes of crumbs to get rid of, with about 500 crumbs per box.

So we broke up into teams again, and for the next two nights we spread out into our base city and delivered  most of our crumbs into that city. We had about four boxes left which some of us had to invest in Beijing the night before we left for home.

On the train back to Beijing, the gospel was shared with at least five people using our Christian phrasebooks.

We came, we spread and shared the gospel, we brought in bibles for the underground church, and we had a lot of fun doing it. If this trip sounds interesting to you, I can get you in contact with people that do this once of twice a year.

This work is perfect for young adults and teenagers, although anyone can do it. Be sure to look at all of my pictures that I have with this. Thank you to all that were praying for me on this trip. I needed it.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all,

By allenradkte.

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