1952 – Watchman Nee is arrested. This Chinese Christian becomes well-known in the West when his many books are published.
Watchman Nee, or Ni Tuosheng (1903–1972), was a church leader and Christian teacher who worked in China during the 20th century. In 1922, he initiated church meetings in Fuzhou that may be considered the beginning of the local churches. During his thirty years of ministry, Nee published many books expounding the Bible. He established churches throughout China and held many conferences to train Bible students and church workers. Following the Communist Revolution, Nee was persecuted and imprisoned for his faith and spent the last twenty years of his life in prison. He was honored by Hon. Christopher H. Smith (R–NJ) in the US Congress on July 30, 2009.