|Chen Yu’s mother’s prayer request letter.
At the time
police seized Mr. Chen, the Ministry of Public Security made a nation-wide
announcement of his arrest. To collect detailed evidence of book sales,
security agents throughout China summoned and questioned thousands of Xiaomai Bookstore
customers. These agents primarily focused on pastor Wang Yi’s book, Transformation
of the Gospel, and demanded customers hand over copies of this and other books
they had purchased.
officials enforce strict control over Christian books, they have banned many
books like Transformation of the Gospel that Xiaomao Bookstore helped
customers purchase from overseas Christian bookstores. Officials criminally charged
Mr. Chen Yu for selling books online that did not have legal ISBNs or authorized
In her prayer
request letter, Mr. Chen’s mother appeals to the court and the procuratorate to
give her son a fair adjudication in his second trial. She also asks God to
strengthen her faith, her son’s faith, and the faith of other Christians living
in such a hostile religious environment as China.
to the prayer letter Mr. Chen’s mother shared, after Mr. Chen’s arrest, doctors
diagnosed his father with cancer. Despite difficult circumstances and still
undergoing chemotherapy, however, his father accepted Jesus as his Savior.
Through times of tears since her son’s imprisonment, Mr. Chen’s mother said that God repeatedly comforted her. He sent Christians she had never met before to help, pray, and encourage her.
*a county-level city in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province situated on the Lin River banks in Eastern China