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In China police and Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers raided the home of a Christian we’ll call “Ling.” “When the officers entered, they found ample amounts of contraband: Bibles, Christian literature, … and other Christian materials. But what was more troubling in their eyes than the large stash of Chris-tian materials was the evidence it provided: The materials were being produced inside China, not brought in from the outside.

“The interrogation began instantly, right at the house: ‘Where did these things come from? Who are you working with? Who provides financial help?’

“Ling was surrounded, but he was not afraid. The ques-tions kept coming, the voices growing louder and more strin-gent; and he sat silently, refusing to provide any information that would lead the officers to his Christian co-workers.

“His silence did not satisfy them; they demanded an-swers. He continued to refuse. They placed his hand on a table and held it down. One by one his fingernails were pulled out—all 10 of them.

“Even in the agony of his physical pain, this brave brother would not deny his Father, and he would not betray his brothers and sisters. The year was 2001. He was forced to spend three years in a ‘re-education through labor’ camp, beaten and burned with cigarettes, yet he still refused to deny his faith. Late in 2004, he was released. The ‘re-education’ efforts had failed” (Voice of the Martyrs, special issue, 2006, p. 4).

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