(Hengyang, Hunan Province—July 13, 2021) After Zhejiang Province State security officers arrested Chen Wensheng, a Christian from Hengyang City, Hunan Province, Brother Chen on June 19 and transported him back to Hengyang, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities held Brother Chen under designated residential surveillance at West Lake Resort for 20 days. While leaders of the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs, the State Security Department, and other related departments detained Brother Chen, they continuously communicated with and interrogated him, trying to persuade him to stop proclaiming the gospel on the streets.
Brother Chen said regarding his recent designated residential detention:
Thank God for the CCP’s thorough knowledge on the fact that I go to different places to preach the gospel. They recounted my record as if they were enumerating the heirlooms of their own family. Authorities also told me that by 2021, I had been to other regions to proclaim the gospel more than 1,000 times.
State security officers showed news stories overseas media had covered to Brother Chen. “Why are photos of you preaching the gospel available on anti-China websites?” several officers asked.
State security officers assert that a team of lawyers have been backing Brother Chen and planning things behind the screen. Brother Chen responded to officials by quoting the Lord Jesus’s promise in the Scripture from the book of Luke: “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”
On the morning of July 8, while going to have breakfast, Brother Chen insisted on wearing a hand-made gospel badge, which State security officers had ultimately allowed. Words on the badge state, “Chen Wensheng, the slave of the Holy God, the servant of Jesus Christ, the worst of sinners, sent to preach God’s word.” While eating breakfast, Brother Chen handed out gospel fliers to friends at his table. “It would be profitable if I could wear a “gospel commissioner” badge while having breakfast,” he said.
I am so thankful that the guards showed mercy to me this time. Thank God for their thorough love and care… that I experienced the special treatment of ‘the gospel commissioner of God’s kingdom.”
Glory to God….
May my God have mercy on them, and grant them faith so that they will respond to my Lord Jesus’ salvation… In the Lord’s holy name… Amen.
~ Yu Bing, ChinaAid Association Special Reporter