Editor's Note: Read our earlier story about the ongoing attacks on Pastor Bob Fu at this link.
Even as Pastor Xiqui "Bob" Fu remains under FBI protection, he's fighting the good fight of faith. From a safehouse in an undisclosed location, he and his family are praying. They're continuing to support people in China who are being persecuted under the communist regime.
In the meantime, a mob of protesters gather daily in front of his home in Midland, Texas, and pass out propaganda around the neighborhood and at his church. Under the advice of federal authorities, ChinaAid's offices are now in the second week of closure—not because of COVID-19 but because of serious online threats to Fu, his family and employees. (A second video includes explicit language.)
The spiritual warfare Fu wages isn't hindered by walls, distance—or even threats.
"We can't be intimidated by this mob to stop our work for freedom," Fu said this morning, adding that backing down would only empower those who want to shut down ChinaAid and its fight for First Amendment rights, including religious freedom, for those in China. "We continue to work from our homes. Every day, we arrange support for prisoners' families and speak to governments on behalf of our allies."
ChinaAid is a Texas-based organization which exposes abuses and stands with the persecuted to promote religious freedom and human rights—just as it has been doing for 18 years.
The frontman of the attack on Fu and his ministry is Guo Wengui, also known as Miles Kwok. A wealthy businessman, he came to the U.S. in 2017 and has a history of attacking and accusing people, using the internet as a primary weapon.
The New York Times featured Wengui in December 2018 using this headline: "The Mystery of the Exiled Billionaire Whistle-Blower: From a penthouse on Central Park, Guo Wengui has exposed a phenomenal web of corruption in China's ruling elite—if, that is, he's telling the truth." Since then, Kwok has proclaimed himself self-exiled.
In January, Fu experienced his first taste of Kwok's harassment. Since stepping on stage to intercede for China and the communist leaders Sept. 26 at "The Return" prayer and repentance event in Washington, D.C., a mob has gathered outside his house daily. They stay in hotels and have vans full of supplies. They have assigned jobs and come and go, always maintaining 20 to 60 people in front of the house.
"It was a mystery to me initially," Fu said, "but this is spiritual warfare."
And he's not the only one under attack. Other Chinese residents living in 10 cities around the world are being accused of being communist spies for China.
"Make no mistake, these are well-trained people," said Midland Mayor Patrick Payton, who has publicly supported Fu and has since been included in Kwok's public threats. "They know what to do and what not to do. When you approach them, they begin to chant in Mandarin."
"To understand this, you can't think like a Westerner," Payton added. He is being aided by advisers on the country and culture.
Earlier today in Midland, Texas, the #weareBOBFU event was held at the Horseshoe Arena Amphitheater. Friends and supporters of the Fus and ChinaAid traveled from distant places to attend. An advertisement for the event quotes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Fu called into the event, not able to attend because of FBI guidance and protection.
"We deeply appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of support and solidarity from our community, national organizations, leaders and friends," he said.
While Fu is convinced that Kwok's actions trace back to the Chinese Communist Party, he fights communism because of its oppression of people. It's not a political statement, but one of human rights.
In noting a 20-year relationship with Fu as a friend and as his pastor, Payton said: "Bob Fu is not just fighting for Christians or any other particular religion. He fights for freedom for Christians, Muslims, artists and others. He advocates for freedom of the press, free speech and freedom of religion."
Payton and Fu separately call this experience a wake-up call for not only themselves, but America. The kind of propaganda technique being used is common in communist countries.
Fu said the attack is supported by a Chinese proverb that says if you tell a lie 1,000 times, it will end up as truth.
"Powerful sectors still consciously value lies as a way to manipulate the minds of those they want to influence," according to exploringthemind.com. "In this way, they manage to convince people to accept the unacceptable and support plans that only benefit the interest of the few."
"We can't be intimidated by this mob. They want to silence our voices," Fu said. "It's time for Americans to wake up. We can't take our freedoms for granted. They have gone so far as our doorstep in West Texas. We must never allow this kind of communist tactic to dominate, to even have a voice, especially a harmful and hateful voice."
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