In 2009 Yang Rongli and other church leaders from the Shanxi province of China were arrested for organizing a prayer rally after police destroyed their church property.
Click here to learn more about the case and to email an official urging the Chinese government to release Yang Rongli. On the left-hand side of the page, click "Petition Official," then again on the left, "Ambassador." An email will be automatically generated to the Chinese Ambassador to the United States.
If you have not written a letter like this before, be sure and follow page five of VOM's Letter Guide. For an Ambassador, the correct address is "Your Excellency" and the correct closing is "Yours respectfully."
Your email can be extremely short and to the point, simply requesting her release. You may want to ask the Chinese government to respect Article 18 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states the following:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."