In what is believed to be the longest sentence against a house church leader in more than a decade, Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church was sentenced to nine years in prison for “inciting to subvert state power” and “illegal business operations”. The charges for business operations relate to the printing and distribution of Christian books by the church.

Pastor Wang’s trial was secretly held on 26 December and the verdict was announced on 30 December. Along with the lengthy prison sentence, he was also fined over $10,000 and denied all political rights for three years. “This is a pure case of unjust religious persecution against a peaceful preacher of a Chinese reformed church,” reports Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid.

As for many of the remaining members of the Early Rain Covenant Church (those who have not been imprisoned), governing authorities recently mandated that they meet with security officials five times a day. Despite the stringent stipulations and heavy oppression, members of the church continue to faithfully meet together, seeking to serve God any way they can.

Sources: ChinaAid, Early Rain Covenant Church, Christianity Today

  • Prayerfully uphold Pastor Wang, his wife and family as they contend with the implications of this verdict.
  • Pray that justice will still prevail and that this sentence will be overturned.
  • Pray for the members of the Early Rain Covenant Church as they seek ways to continue reaching out with the Gospel message in their community.

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I have been praying for Pastor Wang Yi and his wife. I’ve never seen a couple who show the love and beauty of life in Christ in their faces the way these two do. Let’s pray that many will be won to Christ by his life and witness during his imprisonment who could not hear the gospel otherwise, and that the Lord will pour her out particular blessing from this hard experience.


Oh, yes Father. A great prayer for the situation and for the continued advance of the cause fo Christ. Please Lord, have mercy on the souls of many for you ARE the God of mercy and grace.


Blessed Lord Jesus, your servant Paul was imprisoned unjustly, as have many Millions over the centuries because of their faith in you. We thank you for Pastor Wang, his wife, their family and all who belong to the Early Rain Covenant Church. Continue to grant them courage in the face of fierce, unrelenting opposition and help them to count it all joy as they suffer many and diverse trials knowing these will strengthen their faith and bring Gospel blessing. May their testimony bring a deep impression of divine things upon their persecutors and turn them from idols to serve the… Read more »