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Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Hebrews 13:3


According to a member of the persecuted Early Rain Church in Chengdu, their imprisoned pastor Wang Yi was recently transferred from his incarceration in Chengdu to a prison, but Wang’s family has not been told the location.

Pastor Wang was sentenced to nine years of imprisonment for “subversion of state power” and “illegal business operation” last year. He has been jailed since December 9, 2018. 

His wife Jiang Rong and son Shuya Wang have been placed under close surveillance since December 2018 and are banned from contacting others, so no one knows where they live. Wang’s parents have also been placed under surveillance and are not permitted to move freely in their community.

Chinese prison regulations allow families the right to apply for visitation once an inmate has been transferred to a prison, but China Aid reports that Wang’s family is being denied that right.

The United States has called for the immediate release of jailed Chinese Pastor Wang Yi. “We are alarmed that Pastor Wang Yi … was tried in secret and sentenced to nine years in prison in connection to this peaceful advocacy for religious freedom. We call for his immediate and unconditional release,” State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said in an official statement.

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Please pray for Pastor Wang’s immediate release and for his wife, son, mother, and church members during this time.

Church members praying at Early Rain Church in Chengdu, China.

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Editors note: These updates are based on the Early Rain Covenant Church bulletins and reports from the church in Chengdu, China seeking to communicate with their church members in the underground movement and requesting prayer and help from the watching world, especially followers of Christ. The original Chinese report(s) and English translations are below. Special thanks to Brent Pinkall for translating these bulletins and reports and helping make them available to the public. Please pray and share with others.


He was charged with “illegal business operations” for his service at the church, which included providing books and printed resources for church members and printing and distributing hymnals.

Elder Qin Defu’s trial was held last week at the Chengdu Qingyang District People’s Court. He was charged with “illegal business operations” for his service at the church, which included providing books and printed resources for church members and printing and distributing hymnals. On November 29, he was sentenced to four years in prison, leaving behind a wife and two young children (photos below).

He was sentenced to four years in prison, leaving behind a wife and two young children.

According to Pastor Wang Yi’s previous lawyer, “Police reneged on their earlier promise to his family that if they accepted a government-appointed attorney, they would ‘go through the formalities then release him.’

The charge of ‘illegal business operations’ only concerned 20,000 books for the church’s own use … and Pastor Wang Yi actively took most of the responsibility for this in his testimony.” Based on this sentence of a church elder, the lawyer said, “I estimate that Pastor Wang Yi will be sentenced to no less than 10 years in prison.”

The following is from Pastor Wang Yi’s previous lawyer:

Original:
今天下午,覃德富长老的案子突然宣判,覃弟兄被以非法经营罪判处有期徒刑四年。警方违背了此前要求家属接受官派律师时所作“走个过场就放人”的承诺。从覃弟兄的开庭审理中获悉,所谓非法经营,仅是教会自用的两万余册书籍(其中大部分只是类似“你不想听的好消息”这种传福音用的小册子),而且王怡牧师在证词中还主动承担了大部分责任。据此大致可以判断,王怡牧师的刑期不会低于十年。

“This afternoon, Elder Qin Defu was suddenly sentenced. Brother Qin was sentenced to four years in prison for ‘illegal business operations.’ Police reneged on their earlier promise to his family that if they accepted a government-appointed attorney, they would ‘go through the formalities then release him.’ At brother Qin’s trial, we learned that the charge of ‘illegal business operations’ only concerned 20,000 books for the church’s own use (most of these were small gospel tracts like ‘The Good News You Don’t Want to Hear’), and Pastor Wang Yi actively took most of the responsibility for this in his testimony. Based on this, I estimate that Pastor Wang Yi will be sentenced to no less than 10 years in prison.”


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Church members praying at Early Rain Church in Chengdu, China before widespread persecution and imprisonment began on 12/9/2018.

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Hebrews 13:3

On December 9th, 2018, Chinese authorities arrested more than 100 members of Early Rain Covenant Church (秋雨圣约教会) in Chengdu, China. Some members were interrogated at the police station and then released, while others were imprisoned.

Please pray for Pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong, who were charged with “inciting to subvert state power” and taken to secret locations, where they are still in prison. Please also pray for Elder Li Yingqiang (Elder Timothy), who was charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and is still in prison.

Pastor Wang Yi 王怡 (inciting to subvert state power, in secret detention)

王怡牧师(煽动颠覆国家政权罪,秘密关押)

Pastor’s wife Jiang Rong 蒋蓉 (inciting to subvert state power, 12/10/18, in secret detention)

蒋蓉师母(煽动颠覆国家政权罪,2018年12月10日,秘密关押/指定监视居住)

Elder Li Yingqiang (Elder Timothy) 李英强 (picking quarrels and provoking trouble)

李英强长老(寻衅滋事罪


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