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Former bookstore employee Wenxi Li is currently scheduled for release from a Shanxi province prison on 18 December.

Wenxi Li, from Beijing, had travelled to Shanxi province to help local Christians open a new bookstore. Police raided the new business and confiscated hundreds of books. On 19 December 2012, Wenxi was asked to come to a police station to retrieve the $6,000 worth of books that police had seized. When he arrived, he was immediately arrested and sent to prison. Wenxi was denied bail and sentenced to two years in prison on 17 June 2013.

The family is cautiously optimistic that he will be released on schedule. Since his transfer to his current prison a few months ago, he has received better treatment and has been allowed to make sporadic five-minute calls to his family. His wife, Cai Hong Li, says he sounds encouraged and is in good health.

Though she hopes he will rest, she told VOM staff Wenxi Li is passionate about the bookstore ministry and will likely want to return to ministry as soon as he is released. Cai Hong asks for prayers for her husband’s release as well as for her own health. The imprisonment has been difficult for her.

While in prison Wenxi shared the Gospel with other inmates and several became Christians.

Source: Voice of the Martyrs USA

Prayer Points

  • Pray there will be no delay in Wenxi’s release. Once released, pray the Lord will help Wenxi and his family overcome their time of trial and separation.
  • Pray the Lord will direct the path of Wenxi in his future ministry work.
  • Thank the Lord for Wenxi’s faithfulness; pray the new believers in prison will grow in their understanding of the Lord and go on to witness to others.