A pastor's wife in China has died after trying to stop the demolition of a church.
A local developer, supported by the government, was claiming the church's valuable property in Zhumadian, part of the Henan province of China.
A demolition team was brought in but Nate Lance with International Christian Concern explains that the pastor and his wife tried to intervene.
"They went out and stood in front of the bulldozers [as] kind of a last-ditch attempt to stop them from destroying the church," Lance says. "But the bulldozers actually released the dirt that they were carrying on the couple."
The pastor was able to climb to the surface of that mountain of dirt but his wife was unable to escape. She has been identifed as Ding Cuimei.
China is an atheist Communist country, though the number of Christians in the country - despite persecution - is said to be one of the largest in the world.
Meanwhile, the president of China, Xi Jinping, told a religious conference recently that Chinese citizens must be "ardent Marxist atheists."
The media outcry was so great over Cuimei's death, Lance says, that the local government has detained the people responsible for it. It's not clear, however, that they will be charged with a crime.
Lance is hopeful the outcry will encourage the Chinese government to put an end to such persecution but at the same time he believes the government gave tacit approval to the deadly action by enacting the current cross demolition campaign that is taking place nationwide.