The director of a church-run kindergarten in China’s southern Guangxi was released from prison on 17 February after serving two years for “engaging in illegal business operations.”
Cheng Jie, the director of the Hualin Foreign Language Experimental Kindergarten, was picked up from the prison by her husband and two sons.
Lizhou authorities detained Cheng from the school on 18 February 2014. Guangxi officials crossed the border into the neighbouring Guangdong province on 24 June 2014, and detained Huang Quirui, the elder of Guangzhou’s Liangren Church, which founded Hualin Kindergarten. Along with Huang, authorities detained Li Jiatao, a Liangren Church member, and Fang Bin, a man contracted to print textbooks for the school.
Officials alleged that all four had engaged in “illegal business operations” by printing character-education textbooks without government approval and then selling the books rather than using them solely for internal use.
The lawyer defending the four detainees countered that the books were sold for an amount that only allowed the kindergarten to break even for printing costs and that authorities were targeting the school because it was founded by a church.
Cheng, Huang, and Li were convicted and sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 Yuan ($1050 AUD) each. Fang was sentenced to a year and nine months in prison.
Source: China Aid
• Praise the Lord for Cheng Jie’s release; ask Him to help her and her family overcome this past trial and resume family life.
• Pray the Lord will give Cheng the wisdom to know how to serve Him in ministry in the future.
• Pray God will strengthen Huang and Li; may they be encouraged by Cheng’s release; may their release come soon.
Write a letter of encouragement to Huang and Li.