Chen Guangcheng and Family Welcomed to the USA

May 21, 2012 – In our previous posts Help Free Chen Guangcheng and His Family and  The Truth about Chen Guangcheng, we asked everyone to pray and at last he is free from his captors.

Chen’s escape from house arrest in April caught the world’s attention because he’s blind and media around the world simply couldn’t take their eyes off his plight. Nearly one month after his escape, on May 19, the Chen family was suddenly rushed out of China. Mr. Chen, his wife Yuan Weijing, and their two children were flown to Newark, New Jersey, and taken to a residence at New York University, where Chen will study law courtesy of the university. The fellowship and housing were arranged by NYU Professor of Law Jerome Cohen, who had befriended Chen years ago.

Faith and Action thanks everyone who prayed and worked on the Chen family’s behalf. We also thank Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because, bottom line, Chen’s entry to America couldn’t have taken place without her approval.

NDT Television covered Americans cheering for Chen and his gracious statement. Professor Cohen stands next Chen on the right.

As you heard, he urges the entire human family to work for the common good worldwide.

AP interviewed Congressman Chris Smith and Professor Cohen about Chen the day after Chen’s arrival.

Other outlets report that while Chen’s nuclear family is safe for now, he is concerned about the safety of his extended family and friends, especially his nephew Chen Kegui, who was arrested for alleged “intentional homicide” after defending his family from Chinese officials in a night raid on their home in Shandong Province.

Click here for Reuters’ account of Chen’s arrival and diplomatic tensions surrounding it.

Among other things, Maxin Duncan and Lily Huo of Reuters wrote:

“Chen’s confinement, his escape and the furor that ensued have made him part of China’s dissident folklore: a blind prisoner outfoxing Communist Party controls in an echo of the man who stood down an army tank near Tiananmen Square in 1989.

“The Chen case comes at a tricky time for China, which is engaged in a leadership change. The carefully choreographed transition already has been knocked out of step by the downfall of ambitious senior Communist Party official Bo Xilai in a scandal linked to the apparent murder of a British businessman.”

Click here for the account by CBS News.

Click here for the BBC coverage.

Above all, we thank God for the Chen family’s safe arrival in the United States. As Faith and Action sees it, this heroic blind lawyer and his heroic wife are shedding the light of immutable truth – they are showing the world that all human persons are made in the image and likeness of God with unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Please continue praying for their intentions. Please pray and work to the best of your ability for justice in the United States and in the whole world.

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