Brother Yun or Liu Zhenying (born 1958) is a Chinese preacher and evangelist. Since his ministry in China was underground, most of the following accounts are largely based on his autobiography, the heavenly man, and various interviews he gave. His life has been marked by both extreme persecutions and amazing miracles. Despite the life of poverty, he has reached many thousands, possibly millions, with the Christian gospel message. His preaching and example also helped many others to endure government persecution. Seen as a rebel for not joining the ‘official’ government-controlled Christian organisations (see: Three-Self Patriotic Movement), he was relentlessly persecuted by the Chinese authorities. He became a highly wanted man across several provinces. He was finally arrested and sentenced to many years in prison. However, he continued his ministry while in prison, preaching the Gospel and continuing his miracles. As a result, many prisoners and even some prison officials became born-again Christians. While he gained increasing favour from some officials, he also became a target of increased persecutions by others. He was repeatedly tortured and became so malnourished that his ears shrunk to the size of raisins by the time he miraculously escaped from the prison. While in prison, Yun undertook a total fast without food or water for 74 days.
After many years in prison, he miraculously escaped from Zhengzhou Maximum Security prison (from which nobody had previously escaped). He described how he heard the voice of the Holy Spirit, telling him to simple walk out the heavily guarded prison gate. Risking being shot to death on the spot, he obeyed the voice, and he walked straight through several prison doors that were somehow left open in front of many prison guards, across the prison yard and finally out of the main gate. He says that it was as if he had become invisible to the guards who stared straight through him. Although many expressed doubts that such could happen, some prison guards had apparently lost their jobs for this ’embarrassing mishap.’ The official investigation by the Chinese Government concluded that “Yun received no human help in his escape.” These reports have been also confirmed by numerous prisoners who occupied the same prison cell as Yun. Apparently, he remains the only person to have escaped from the notorious maximum security prison.
His ministry struggled briefly when Chinese Christians became increasingly fearful of housing him because of the potential repercussions from government authorities. After escaping from China, Yun took asylum in Germany in 2001 and has since been continuing his ministry from there. His ministry since has expanded around the globe. He is also a leader of the “Back to Jerusalem Movement” which seeks to send thousands of missionaries out from China into the least-gospel-reached countries of the world, most existing between China and Israel.
He is married to Deling with whom he has two children. How has brother Yun and/or the Heavenly Man impacted you?