Chen Wensheng released from 15 day detention

Chen Wensheng, Chinese street evangelist
(Photo: ChinaAid source)

(Hengyang, Hunan province—March 28, 2022) Two days ago,
street evangelist Chen Wensheng was released after serving seven-day
administrative detention and eight days in a drug rehab center. Neither Chen
Wensheng nor his family received any legal notice about his detention.

 

Chen Wensheng was enormously grateful that he was
detained due to preaching the gospel, believing that it is a rare opportunity
God had for Chen to spread the gospel in detention and the rehab
center. He said that he was thankful for God’s grace and the church’s
intercession:

 

Thank God for granting me
the opportunity to preach the gospel outside, to share the gospel in Hengyang Municipal
Detention Center while police detained me there for seven days, and then to proclaim the gospel in Hengyang Municipal Drug Rehab Center for eight days right
after the Detention Center. Thank God for bringing me home safely this morning,
glory to God! Dear friends, please lift up those who heard the gospel in your
prayers.

 

 

Afterward, Chen Wensheng proclaimed the gospel in the streets as usual. 


Chen was detained, but his family never received a legal warrant
(Photo: ChinaAid source)


Chen Wensheng is a Christian attending Hengyang
Xiaoqun Church in Hunan province. He was a drug user for over ten years before he
converted to Christianity. He initially heard the gospel at a rehab center and
became a Christian, and eventually, he got sober because of the gospel. He has
been passionate about preaching the gospel since his conversion. He often holds
the cross writing “Glorify the Savior” and “Repent, Trust, and Be Redeemed.” He
and other Christians from his church emulate what the apostles did, visiting
each town and village and proclaiming the gospel in Hengyang and other regions.
The farthest place they traveled was Tibet. Last year, national security
officers told Chen that he proclaimed the gospel four to five times each month in
various regions to over a thousand people.

 

Chen Wensheng was detained multiple times for sharing
the gospel, six times in 2021. Hengyang Municipal Department of National
Security, United Front Work Department, etc. threatened Chen Wensheng’s wife to
keep him from preaching the gospel. Authorities came to the school where Chen’s
daughter-in-law worked and threatened her, saying she could be fired by the school
if Chen continued to proclaim the gospel. Chen Wensheng said that he would
never give up the mission God grants him while confronting the warning and
threats from the police, the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs, and the United Front
Work Department. In addition, he remains determined to spread the gospel in
prison.

 

Chen Wensheng traveled a thousand miles to Yunnan
province and proclaimed the gospel to ethnic minorities in late February. On
March 5, at about 10 AM, he was intercepted by national security officers and
police of Wenshan. Chen learned that the Hunan Hengyang Politics and Law
Committee, United Front Work Department, and National Security Branch came to
Wenshan, Yunnan together to him back to Hengyang during the national Two
Sessions*. Some departments of the Hengyang government confiscated Chen’s cell
phone and then kept him under custody in the lobby of No. 1 Branch of the Wenshan
Bureau of Public Security.

 

He wore a gospel cap, a mask that read “Jesus loves
you,” and a cross necklace. His bag and clothes were covered in evangelical
signs, so many police officers were curious and checked on him, which turned
out to be his opportunity to preach the gospel to the police. Many police officers
asked for the gospel fliers. 


Chen Wensheng handed out gospel fliers at the police station
(Photo: ChinaAid source)


On March 6, Chen Wensheng was transported back to the Hengyang sub-district and shared the gospel with the personnel of the sub-district. He passed a gospel flier to the sub-district dean, telling him, “Dean
He, Jesus Christ is the Lord, He was nailed on the cross and resurrected three
days later. Your sins will be forgiven, and you will have eternal life if you
believe in Jesus.”

 

Dean He asked him back, “If God asked you to die and
sacrifice yourself, would you?”

 

Chen Wensheng replied, “Jesus dedicated his life for
us and came back to life three days after His death. We can dedicate our lives
to Him as well.”

 

 

On March 7, Chen Wensheng was required to speak to the
sub-district, police, and other departments. He handed a gospel flier to a
female Secretary, saying, “Secretary, this tells us how to be blessed. God
created the world, but we humans don’t know him because we are sinners.” That
Secretary said, “I am a Communist Party member, so I don’t study it”. Chen
Wensheng said, “Secretary, Jesus loves you, may God bless you!” Also, he
blessed the officers present. 


Authorities arrested Chen on March 11 and took him to the police station
(Photo: ChinaAid source)


On March 9, Chen Wensheng joined a package tour
organized by a travel agency and went to Anhua county, Yiyang. He preached the
gospel to tourists on the way. He said, “The gospel is God’s majestic power,
and we should proclaim it using all kinds of wisdom. It is my responsibility to
preach the gospel, it is Jesus Christ’s selection that people can believe in
him. Glory to God!”

 

On March 10, Hengyang Politics and Law Committee,
United Front Work Department, and National Security Branch drove to another
region and arrested Chen Wensheng again and transported him to Hengyang. At the
police station, Chen Wensheng still shared the gospel with the police, saying, “I have
good news for each of you. What do we humans aim to gain in this world? It is
neither wealth nor fame. Rather, it is God’s love.”

 

He intended to pray with them together, but some
police turned him down. Some thanked him, and one police officer said the
prayer with him together: “Lord Jesus, help me, forgive my sins, in the Lord’s
name. Amen!”



People didn’t know that he was detained twice until
March 26. Chen Wensheng preached the gospel on the streets again the day he was
released. He quoted Pastor Wang Yi to encourage himself:

 

 

“If I had 500 grams of gold, I would give it to those
who persecute me, thanking them for making me gain the incorruptible gold crown
and for spending their entire lives on sending God’s children to the cross.” 



~Yu Bing, ChinaAid Contributing Reporter


(Translator’s note: The “Two Sessions”
mentioned in this article refers to a time when the legislative body of the
Chinese government meets. It is common practice for authorities to lock up
dissidents, pastors, or evangelists during these sessions.)

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