Pastor Wang Yi visited by wife after three years

Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong
(Photo: ChinaAid source)

(Chengdu, Sichuan
Province—November 1, 2021) Early Rain Covenant Church disclosed that Jiang Rong,
Pastor Wang Yi’s wife, visited Pastor Wang Yi recently. This is their first meeting in
over three years since Wang Yi’s arrest on December 9, 2018. Jiang reports that
Pastor Wang Yi is healthy, although he lost a lot of weight. Also, guards have allowed him to read in prison.

A few months
ago, news circulated online that Wang Yi was struggling in prison, and reports
from various sources said that officials banned Pastor Wang Yi from meeting with other prisoners except two hardened criminals. The prison forced him to eat moldy
rice for his meals, which expired in the past 10 years. Big provincial hospitals provided expired
and low-quality medicine for prescriptions, and unlicensed prisoners
administered medical treatment to their fellow inmates. These reports made
people, particularly Wang Yi’s family, worry about his health in prison.


Police blocked all news about Pastor Wang Yi since he was arrested in
2018. People know little about his situation. Only one photo and three poems
were released in the past three years. Plus, one paragraph he wrote on January
9, 2020:


“I would be
as meek as a lamb if someone attacked me. I would be as brave as a lion if
someone attacked the church. I am mute, I don’t open my mouth, for it is
Jehovah who has done it. I commented authorities before out of love instead of
hatred, nobody would believe that we don’t hold grudge while we mention
authorities, however, my obedience during imprisonment can convince people that
I love authorities.”


Pastor Wang
Yi’s family, including Jiang Rong, his child-Wang Shuya, and parents, have been
prohibited from contacting Early Rain. Officials continue
to surveil Jiang Rong 24- hours a day.


Pastor Wang
Yi’s family and Early Rain expressed their gratitude and encouragement from Jiang Rong’s recent


“Although we
know little about it, we believe that the Lord protects his servant in the
dark. May the Lord grant Pastor Wang Yi the opportunity to read Scripture and
write articles and let him intercede for churches but also ponder and write for


Early Rain’s
persecution continued since Wang Yi’s arrest, escalating in recent months. Chengdu
police initially targeted Minister Wu Wuqing this year but recently turned their attention to Dai Zhichao and his small group “Tashui.”
In the past two weeks, police and plain-clothed officers harassed and detained Dai’s family several times. They continually lock the family out of their house by filling their keyhole with glue.


Yesterday, Dai’s doorknob obstructed and painted
(Photo: ChinaAid source)

afternoon, the Dai couple took their child out for fun and returned to find the lock
obstructed once again. Authorities continue to use illegal
approaches to force them to move out.


Shu Qiong’s tires slashed during her detainment
(Photo: ChinaAid source)

Police beat and threatened Shu Qiong, a
member of Tashui, three different times. They recently broke into her new house illegally after she moved. She hosted a few children to study wi
her son, but authorities intended to frame her for illegally running a private school. 
They assaulted Shu Qiong’s family and arrested her for nearly 24 hours. After
her release, someone slashed the tires of her car. 

Yesterday, Shu caught two plain-clothed officers sneaking up to her front door, trying to peek inside. 

Dai Zhichao
wrote the poem “Examine Souls” on October 31, the 504
th anniversary of
the Reformation. In his poem, he responds to the rising persecution in Chengdu: 



Within 24

Power was
shut off three times

I ran
downstairs to turn it on

Learned not
to be angry anymore

Know that
someone cares for us.



Opened the
lock twice

Used fire
the 1st time

Steel wire
the other time

Which is
like clearing ears


Seem to be
tempered thoroughly



Has to be
painted and sprayed multiple times

It is good

that some people fear

God has
witnessed everything, though



These dark

Need mercy

So I am

Work on it

Which is
like examining souls


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