Bob Fu, one of the leading voices in the world for persecuted faith communities in China, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Persecuted Church Conference, which include speakers, an expo and a catered lunch.

The Conference & Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone Heights, Florida.

In addition to Fu, founder and president of China Aid, international speakers will include Albert Aslan, founder of Farsi & Assyrian Christian Teaching (FACT) Ministries and Rob Ham, Pastor of Keystone Heights Presbyterian Church.

“We are privileged to have two of the most widely known international ministers to the persecuted church speaking at this conference,” said Frank Smith, Assistant Director of Lake Swan Camp. “Bob Fu and Albert Aslan have lived through extreme hardships and survived to tell their story.”

Fu was born and raised in mainland China and was a student leader during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations for freedom and democracy in 1989.

Fu graduated from the School of International Relations at the People's (Renmin) University in Beijing and taught English to Communist Party officials at the Beijing Administrative College and Beijing Party School of the Chinese Communist Party from 1993 to 1996.

Fu was also a house church leader in Beijing until he and his wife, Heidi, were imprisoned for two months for “illegal evangelism” in 1996. Bob and Heidi fled to the United States as religious refugees in 1997, and subsequently founded China Aid in 2002 to bring international attention to China’s gross human rights violations and to promote religious freedom and rule of law in China.

At the 2019 Persecuted Church Conference, Fu will share his story of living as a Christian in communist China.

As president of China Aid, Fu has testified before the Congressional Human Rights Commission, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the Congressional Executive Commission on China. Fu also regularly briefs the State Department and Members of Congress, including members of the International Religious Freedom Caucus on the status of religious freedom and rule of law in China.

Aslan and his wife, Sabrina, were born and raised in Iran, in Assyrian Christian families. Each came to faith as a teenager, and immediately became involved in teaching in their beloved home church, the Assyrian Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Tehran. Both finished their theological studies in Tehran under the teaching of many godly ministers, including the late Rev. Tateous Mikaelian; one of the martyrs of the Iranian Church in 1994. In 1996, Albert and Sabrina were married and moved to the United States.

In 1997, Aslan was ordained a full-time minister of the Gospel, and since then he has pastored two Assyrian congregations.

Albert and Sabrina praise the Lord Jesus for the many ways he used the Evangelical Church of Iran to nurture them spiritually and to provide innumerable opportunities to serve. They love the global Farsi-speaking Church and believe that God is leading them to invest in Farsi-speaking converts through translations service and preaching the books of the Bible. Today, they head FACT Ministries (Farsi and Assyrian Christian Teaching Ministries) in San Jose, California.

Aslan will share his experiences of living as a Christian under the Iranian Muslim government.

Since June of 2015, the Rev. Rob Ham has served as Senior Pastor at Keystone Heights Presbyterian Church. Ham will share his views on the abiding joy in Christ amid persecution found in a New Testament letter of the Apostle Peter.

Having attended Westminster Seminary in California, Mid America Reformed and Puritan Seminary, Ham has served in pastoral ministry for 15-plus years. His biblical teaching and expository preaching is broadcast weekly on the KHPC Devotional Podcast, which can be heard in over 25 states and 11 countries worldwide. Ham and his wife, Heather, live in Keystone Heights, Florida, with their three children, Calvin, Owen and Knox.

Lake Swan Camp is a conference center, meetings facility and church camp located 20 miles east of Gainesville, in Melrose, Florida. For information, go to lakeswancamp.com.