Pastor Wang Yi is the influential leader of Early Rain Covenant Church in the city of Chengdu, Sichuan province – one of the best-known house churches in China.
He was detained in December 2018 and charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business operations”. Pastor Wang Yi was sentenced to nine years in prison at the Intermediate People’s Court of Chengdu City, Sichuan province after a secret trial.
Source: Middle East Concern
Though Chengdu prison officials have stated that Wang Yi is doing well in prison, a secret source says that’s not true.
According to the source, prison authorities are holding Pastor Wang Yi in ‘closed’ imprisonment. He is not allowed to meet or speak with other inmates, except for two criminal offenders who are charged with watching him. Pastor Wang eats and sleeps in the same cell with these two men and guards refer to the group as the “three-person mutual supervision group”.
In addition, Pastor Wang is fed mouldy rice, and when medical treatment is necessary, he is given prison medication, which is expired – inferior drugs that prisons ‘buy back’ from hospitals that cannot use them.
Let us pray.
- Pray for Pastor Wang and his family, that the Lord will strengthen them during this long separation. Pray too for the members of the Early Rain Covenant Church, who are facing significant and consistent government persecution.
- Ask the Lord to refresh Pastor Wang’s spirit and give him the physical strength to cope with his imprisonment.
- Ask God to continue overseeing the growth of His church in China, calling even those who are opposed to religious freedom.