The 21st anniversary of the Chinese government's bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown passed by peacefully Friday in China with little fanfare.
The Chinese government has never fully disclosed what happened to all of the protestors when its military crushed student-led protests on the nights of June 3 and 4, 1989. The showdown has built up in the communist country for months as students had demonstrated for more freedoms.
Analysts have claimed that it is possible that thousands of students and citizens were killed in the two-day crackdown.
Chinese Christians in the U.S. marked the anniversary with a prayer service outside of Washington, D.C. They said God used the tragedy and turned it into a good purpose -- a revival.
"What God has done over that tragedy is a huge revival among the Chinese students and intellectuals," said Tianamen Square protest leader Bob Fu. "There's hundreds of thousands -- millions -- of Chinese students and intellectuals that came to know the Lord. In every university in China now there's Bible study groups.
Some Chinese church leaders said there could be as many 100 million Christians in China. Most believers worship in unregistered churches, which have been outlawed by the government. All churches must be registered by the communist regime.