Since 1 January, Hengyang police have detained Brother Chen Wensheng, a Christian from Heyang, Hunan Province, twice for sharing the Gospel in the street.
For his first detention on 1 January, Brother Chen spent ten days in the detention centre. When officers released him, however, Brother Chen started sharing the Gospel in the street again – this time with his 84-year-old mother.
Afterwards, Brother Chen and his mother were taken to the Hengyang police station. Officials released Brother Chen’s mother at 11pm. Authorities detained him for 15 more days, making this the fourth time officers had detained him during the past four months. Brother Chen has repeatedly said that he wants to spread the Gospel to the police and prison officials. Regarding his detention, he posted on his WeChat Moment:
“Hallelujah! Thank You, Lord – for your grace and blessing.”
On 29 January, only days after police released Brother Chen from detention, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government officials visited him at his home. During the visit which lasted until midnight, several CCP officials tried to persuade Brother Chen to stop spreading the Gospel in the street. Instead of convincing him, however, Brother Chen seized the opportunity to share the Gospel with the officials.
Police have transported Brother Chen to the local station so often that most Hengyang police officers and detention centre officials know him by name. Each time a police officer arrests him, Brother Chen smiles and says,
“Jesus loves you. God bless you. I will go with you.” When released, he thanks and blesses those around him.
Regardless of warnings, threats, and detentions, Brother Chen does not plan to stop. Even if imprisoned, Brother Chen said, “I have made up my mind to proclaim the Gospel, even in prison.
Let us pray.
- Praise God for the way He has worked in Chen’s life and for the resulting powerful testimony and witness.
- Thank the Lord for the opportunities Chen is seizing to share the Gospel; pray his words will bear much fruit.
- Pray for the church in China, having to endure increasing opposition.