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THE ROLE OF PRAYER IN THE FREEDOM OF KEVIN AND JULIA GARRATT

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Who better to ask than Kevin and Julia Garratt about the power of prayer. For 775 days people prayed for their release from Chinese imprisonment. Nothing changed. The world watched as Kevin faced isolation, failing health, death threats, and despair. Where was God? Kevin and Julia share their answer. “Prayer is and was our lifeline.”  During those 775 long days we turned to God multiple times a day. He heard our cries and answered every time we called. At times it was a verse, a song, or an overwhelming sense of peace that truly surpassed all understanding. You Prayed, God Answered It wasn’t the answer we were hoping for – prison doors to open and to walk free – but God…

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GARRATTS RECOUNT DARK ODYSSEY WITHOUT BITTERNESS

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Kevin and Julia Garratt are surprising Canadians. The CBC and CTV have listened to their ordeals under Chinese arrest. The Globe and Mail published a feature length interview with the Garratts. What’s so surprising is the interviewers’ unexpected encounters with grace. Arrested After Years of Compassion Kevin and Julia were suddenly arrested in August 2014 in China and charged with spying. They had lived and worked in China for thirty years, providing care for orphans and operating a coffee shop. They spent the next 775 days apart from each other, fearing they may never be reunited with each other or their four children. The Garratts shared their harrowing experiences in a Chinese prison with Eric Andrew-Gee from the Globe and…

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THE GARRATTS, GRAVY AND THANKSGIVING

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How does it feel to be on Canadian soil for Thanksgiving weekend? “So grateful.” Only if you’ve been held for 775 days in a foreign prison, with no family contact, sleep deprivation, rationed food, death threats and interrogation can you understand the depth of emotion behind those words. Undeserved Grief My friend Kevin Garratt lived this nightmare. Kevin and Julia Garratt made China their home since 1984 where they ran a café in Dandong, near the North Korean border. The Garratts were role models of compassion, kindness, hard work, commitment, and service. They poured their energy into making life better for those around them. In August 2014 they were detained and accused of spying – pawns in a political game. In…

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THE GARRATTS: TIME FOR FREEDOM

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The clock on the wall recorded the time as 09:37. For Kevin Garratt time was something he had lost. For a time he had counted the hours until his arrest would be overturned. Then he counted the weeks of his detention. Weeks turned into months…into years. With each passing month, hope, along with his health was disappearing into a timeless hole. Then came the minutes. Minutes until he would board a plane for Canada. Minutes until he heard, “Welcome to Vancouver.” Moments until he would feel the embrace of his wife, children, family and relieved friends. Home Again After two long years – 775 days – of incarceration in a Chinese prison, Kevin Garratt was home, much to the delight…

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THE GARRATTS: HOLDING ON TO HOPE

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Canadians Kevin, 54 and Julia Garratt, 53 have been detained under arrest in China since August 2014, accused of being spies disguised as “ordinary citizens.” In the mid-80’s I met Kevin and Julia in Montreal. They were newly married and envisioning their future. Their dream was to move to China. We’ve become long-distance friends since then. They are good people, now parents of four children, and looking forward to being grandparents. For three decades, the Garratts lived and worked in China. They are entrepreneurs at heart, initiating projects like, “Kingdom of Hope,” which helps special needs children, and most recently operated a café they named after their son, in Dandong. They love China and have poured their energy into making…

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GARRATTS ARRESTED IN CHINA

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Its not everyday your friends make headlines. I wasn’t expecting to see Kevin and Julia Garratt on the front page of the Globe and Mail newspaper…or any newspaper for that matter. But there they were. Couple Detained By China. Never did I think that they would be making International news. (See update below) Not that what they’ve committed their life to isn’t news worthy. I first met them in Dorval, Quebec. A mutual friend introduced us. Kevin and Julia shared their passion of moving to China and raising their family there. That was thirty years ago. A Coffee Shop in China April 2014 was the last I heard from them. Julia was teaching courses at a University. They were owners…

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