Bob Fu Is Alive and Thriving
Mr. Fu's description of his months in prison is very moving. He was assigned the task of cleaning the toilet with another man in the cell they shared with 30 prisoners. They had only paper with which to do the job. "The toilet, for me, was a way to share the Gospel," he writes. "One by one I made some close confidants in the cell. Some poured out their hearts to me, confessing mistresses, misdeeds, and any number of crimes, and I—in turn—told them about the saving grace of Jesus."
For an American reader, a disturbing aspect of Mr. Fu's autobiography is the story of the State Department's indifference to his plight. The Fus had fled to Hong Kong, where the U.S. consulate rejected their application for political asylum. A chance encounter with an ABC News reporter brought the Fus' story to the attention of the American public and galvanized a grassroots movement on the family's behalf. The president of the National Evangelical Association, Don Argue, asked President Clinton for help. Soon someone from the National Security Council called the consulate in Hong Kong and ordered that the Fu family receive visas. The State Department's failure to do its job remains unexplained. If religious dissidents fleeing imprisonment and forced abortion aren't welcome in the U.S., who is?
Mr. Fu's personal journey, and the many stories he tells along the way of his fellow Christians, belie Jiang Qing's statement that Christianity in China is "dead and buried." To the contrary, it is thriving. God's Double Agent is one man's story, but it illuminates the trials of all Christians who face hardship and persecution on account of their faith.
Melanie Kirkpatrick, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, is the author of Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad (Encounter). (CT's September 2012 interview with Bob Fu can be found here.)