Court agents informed the lawyer for imprisoned pastor Wang Yi that the government’s investigation into the pastor has concluded — even though the pastor’s lawyers have not met with him since his arrest. Pastor Wang’s lead lawyer, Zhang Peihong, said he applied to visit his client on July 17, but that the receptionist at the Chengdu Detention Center said he Wang was not available. Two officials later told the lawyer that Wang “looked like he was losing weight, but looked very good mentally.” They also told him there was a rumor circulating that his hair had turned grey and that he had lost teeth. After his arrest on Dec. 9, 2018, authorities charged Wang with inciting subversion of state power and illegal business operations. They also detained his wife for six months in an unofficial prison. Pray for Pastor Wang and for his wife and son.
Wang Yi Unable to Meet with Lawyer as Investigation Ends
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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