May 20th, 2012
07:13 AM ET

Texas pastor behind blind Chinese activist freedom

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - It has been a busy week for Pastor "Bob" Xiqiu Fu, a pastor from Midland, Texas, who has spent considerable time on the international stage working for the release of Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese activist who arrived in the United States on Saturday after weeks of diplomatic back and forth between two global super powers.

Weeks ago, when Chen escaped from house arrest by jumping over a high wall and hiding out in a pig sty, Fu was the first to know.

Chinese activists arrives in U.S.

When Congress called two hearings in 10 days to address Chen's situation, Fu was front and center.

Both times, Chen called Fu's cell phone and he translated for the Congressional hearings, and the English speaking world, the concerns of the blind activist for his extended family.

"It's really an answer to prayer," Fu told CNN of Chen's arrival to the United States.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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