Letters To Prisoners

Why Write?

Writing letters sends hope to prisoners of conscience and signals to prison officials that there are people all over the world who are invested in the safety and well-being of these unjustly imprisoned Chinese citizens. 

Authorities will notice any letters of support and there are many cases where guards treat prisoners better due to receiving letters.

 

How to Write?

1) Do NOT mention ChinaAid, a church, or any other organization. If officials see names of entities, the prisoners could be punished due to a connection with a ‘foreign organization.’ There is no danger for a prisoner to receive a letter from an individual.

2) Write in English or Mandarin. Even if the prisoner is not able to completely understand your message, just seeing someone take the time to write to them from a different country is a great encouragement. 

3) Share positive comments. Do not write any negative comments, especially about the country, political system, authorities, or the prison. Feel free to incorporate Bible verses & spiritual encouragement. 

4) No packages or printed Scripture verses. Packages will be rejected and printed Scripture verses will impede delivery. You are welcome to send notes & letters and hand-write Scripture verses. Christian greeting cards are often cherished. 

5) Label your envelope. There is no issue with writing your name & return address. If you are more comfortable, just a name, state, and/or country is fine. Letters to prisoners are most effective when officials see mail from different areas.

6) Boldly address your envelope. Write or paste either the English or Chinese (or both) addresses. Clearly write the letter is going to China for international routing.

7) Use correct postage. Pricing for mailing letters depends on the weight, the carrier used, and where the item is being mailed from. The cheapest option from the United States in most cases is First Class International.

Any Questions?

Email Julian ([email protected]) with any questions.

Please write directly to the prisoners. Do not send letters to ChinaAid’s office.

Freed Prisoners

We will remove prisoners  from the letter-writing page upon release.

– Alimujiang Yimiti (Released in 2023)
– Hu Shigen (Released in March 2023)
– Qin Defu (Released in Dec. 2022)

Chinese/English Phrases

I gave thanks for you when I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus.
听到你在基督耶稣里的信心,我为你献上感恩。

Your life exhibits the grace He has shown you.
你的生命彰显出神给你的恩典。

We love you and your family. We are praying for you, your family, and your guards.
我们爱你和你的全家。我们为你和你的家人,以及看守你的狱警祷告。

My heart rejoices that you are strong in the Lord.
我们为你在主里的刚强心里欢喜。

I thank God for your love of Christ.
我为你对基督的爱献上感恩。

You are fighting a good fight. May you keep the faith and finish the race.
你在打那美好的仗。愿你持守信心,争战到底。

May those who persecute you see Jesus in your life.
愿那些逼迫你的人在你生命中看到耶稣。

You are counted worthy to suffer for His name.
你配为主名受苦。

I pray you feel the arms of our Lord surrounding you.
我们祷告愿你能感受到主的臂膀环绕着你。

Keep looking to Jesus, our only hope of heaven.
持续仰望耶稣,他是我们天上唯一的盼望。

I pray you will feel the presence of Christ with you today.
我们祷告你在今天就能感受到主的同在。

The Lord is your shepherd and He will be with you.
主是你的牧者,他会与你同在。

When one part of the body suffers the whole body suffers. Many Christians around the world are standing with you.
一个肢体受苦,所有肢体一同受苦。全世界的基督徒都与你站在一起。

I thank God for your faithfulness.
我为你的忠心向神献上感恩。

Let Jesus continue to guide your steps to eternal life
愿耶稣继续引领你走永生的道路。

I pray the eyes, ears, and hearts of those who persecute you may open to Jesus.
我们祷告那些逼迫你的人能向耶稣敞开自己的心。。

My prayers are with you as you endure the fellowship of suffering.
在你忍受苦难之时,我们的祷告与你同在。

May your light reveal the truth to those around you.
愿你的光能向周围的人显明真理。

Your present trials proclaim your faith.
你所遭受的熬炼宣扬了你的信心。

Our Lord is with you even where you are.
即使在现在的处境中,主也与你同在。

Blessed are you in the eyes of the Lord.
在主的眼中你是有福的。

Addresses Are Current As of February 2024

John Cao

Pastor

Pastor John Cao, married to an American citizen and a legal resident of North Carolina, was sentenced to seven years in prison in March 2018 for “organizing illegal border crossings.” 

Latest Update: In February 2023, Pastor John’s mother was able to visit him in prison, their first meeting in nearly three years. 

Pastor Sanqiang “John” Cao
P.O. Box 48-2, Wang Daqiao, Dongjiao,
Kunming city, Yunnan province, China 
Zip code: 650216
 

曹三强牧师
云南省昆明市东郊王大桥48号信箱附2号
邮编:650216

Wang Yi

Pastor

Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church was sentenced to nine years in prison on December 30th, 2019. for “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business operations.”

Latest Update: His wife was able to visit him in October 2021. 

Pastor Wang Yi
Jintang Prison, Sichuan Province,
Huopan Road, Qingjiang Town,
Jintang County, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China
Post Code: 610409

王怡牧师
四川省金堂监狱
四川省成都市金堂县清江镇火盆路
邮编:610409

Ding Jiaxi

Rights Defender

Rights defender Ding Jiaxi was sentenced to 12 years in prison in April 2023 alongside Dr. Xu Zhiyong. Both founded the “New Citizens Movement” to promote transparency within China.

Latest Update: We published a new prison address for Ding in January 2024.

Ding JiaxiWard 9, Jiangbei Prison, Hubei Province,
Jiangbei Farm, Jiangling County, Jingzhou City, Hubei Province, China.
Post Code: 434110

丁家喜 

湖北省江北监狱九监区 湖北省荆州市江陵县江北农场 邮编434110

Dr. Xu Zhiyong

Rights Defender

Activist Xu Zhiyong was arrested in February 2020, charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” He was sentenced to 14 years in jail in April 2023. 

Latest Update: Dr. Xu’s family is still blocked from visiting him in Lunan Prison as of February 2024.

Dr. Xu Zhiyong
Linshu County Detention Center
Wu Jie Qian Village, Qingyun town, Linshu county
Shandong Province, China
Zip code: 276712

许志永博士
临沭县看守所
山东省临沭县青云镇吴界前村
邮编:276712

Zhang Shaojie

Pastor

Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle County Christian Church in Henan province was sentenced to 12 years in prison on July 4th, 2014, for “gathering a crowd to disrupt the public order.” 

Latest Update: In January 2021, Zhang was sent to a new prison facility.

Zhang Shaojie
Xinmi Prison of Zhengzhou Henan Province
P O Box 841, Xinmi Post, No. 61, Songshan Avenue East
Xinmi City, Henan Province, China
Zip Code: 452370

张少杰
河南省郑州监狱(新密监狱)
河南省新密市嵩山大道东段61号新密邮政841信箱
邮编: 452370

Zhang Zhan

Citizen Journalist

Christian citizen journalist Zhang Zhan was sentenced in December 2020 to four years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” due to reporting on the spread of COVID-19.  

Latest Update: Zhang was hospitalized in July 2023 due to her worsening health.

Zhang Zhan
Area 5, Shanghai Women’s Prison No. 1601
Zhangjing Road Sijing Town, Songjiang District
Shanghai, China
Zip Code: 201601

张展
上海市女子监狱
上海市松江区泗泾镇张泾路1601号
邮编:201601

Cheng Yuan

Activist

Activist Cheng Yuan was sentenced to five years in prison in August 2021 for “subversion of state power.” Cheng is a co-founder the Chinese NGO ‘Changsha Funeng. 

Latest Update: In July 2022, Cheng Yuan sent three letters to his family describing the mistreatment and abuse he faced in prison.

Mr. Cheng Yuan 
Hunan Chishan Prison
101 Mailbox, Yuanjiang Shi, Nanzui Zhen,
Yiyang Shi, 413104 Hunan Sheng
People’s Republic of China

程渊

中華人民共和國湖南省益陽市沅江市南嘴鎮赤山監獄郵編:
413104 收件人:獄政管理科轉程淵先生

Zhang Haitao

Activist

Activist Zhang Haitao was sentenced to 19 years in prison by the  in January 2016 for “probing and illegally supplying intelligence abroad” and “subversion of state power.”

Latest Update: In March 2023, Zhang Haitao’s older sister met with him via video call for the first time in nearly five years.

Zhang Haitao
Branch Box 9, Box 15,
Shaya County, Xinjiang, China 
Zip code: 842208

张海涛

新疆沙雅县15号信箱9分箱
邮编:842208

Ju Dianhong

Christian Sister

Christian sister Ju Dianhong was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2017 under false charges of ‘cult activity.’ ChinaAid tracked her prison address in January 2021 after a long search.  

Latest Update: No updates since January 2021.

Ju Dianhong
No. 1 Prison For Women of Yunnan Province
Kunyang town, Jinning district, Kunming city
Yunnan Province, China
Zip code: 650600

鞠殿红
云南省第一女子监狱
云南省昆明市晋宁区昆阳镇
邮编:650600

Liang Qin

Christian Sister

Christian sister Liang Qin was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2017 under false charges of ‘cult activity.’  ChinaAid tracked her prison address in January 2021 after a long search.  

Latest Update: No updates since January 2021.

Liang Qin
No. 1 Prison For Women of Yunnan province
Kunyang town, Jinning district, Kunming city
Yunnan Province, China
Zip code: 650600

梁琴
云南省第一女子监狱
云南省昆明市晋宁区昆阳镇
邮编:650600

Ji XIaolong

Activist

Activist Ji Xiaolong was sentenced on Friday, October 27, 2023  to four years and six months in prison by a Shanghai court for picking quarrels and provoking trouble. 

Latest Update: No updates since October 2023.

Ji Xiaolong,
No. 351 Huayi Road,
Pudong New Area District, Shanghai City,
Postcode: 201210,
China 

季孝龙:
中国上海市浦东新区华一路351号,邮编:
201210

Chang Hao

Preacher

Preacher Chang Hao was formally charged in November 2023 with ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’ due to his Gospel faith and voice for justice.

Latest Update: No updates since November 2023. 

Chang HaoZhenxiong County Detention Center,No. 1, Yingdi Group,Shangjie Village,Wufeng Street Office,Zhenxiong County, Zhaotong City,Yunnan Province, China .Postcode 657299

常昊

中国云南省昭通市镇雄县看守所  镇雄县乌峰街道办上街村委会银地组1号  邮编657299 

Li Jie

Pastor

Pastor Li Jie of Linfen Covenant House Church was charged with “fraud” in early 2023 after his arrest on August 19th, 2022 due to his Christian faith after police raided a church family outdoor event. 

Latest Update: Li’s wife prayed for him in Nov. 2023 outside the detention center. 

Li Jie
Linfen City Yaodu District Detention Center.

Nantaijian Village, Wucun Town, Yaodu District, Linfen City,
Shanxi Province, China; Postal Code: 041000。

李洁

临汾市尧都区看守所 · 地址:
中国 山西省临汾市尧都区吴村镇南太涧村 
邮政编码:041000

Han Xiaodong

Pastor

Preacher Han Xiaodong of Linfen Covenant House Church was charged with “fraud” in early 2023 after his arrest on August 19th, 2022  after police raided a church family outdoor event. 

Latest Update: No updates since early 2023.

Han Xiaodong
Linfen City Yaodu District Detention Center.
Nantaijian Village, Wucun Town, Yaodu District, Linfen City,
Shanxi Province, China; Postal Code: 041000。

韩晓栋

临汾市尧都区看守所 · 地址:
中国 山西省临汾市尧都区吴村镇南太涧村 
邮政编码:041000

Wang Qiang

Christian

Christian Wang Qiang of Linfen Covenant House Church was charged with “fraud” in early 2023 after his arrest on August 19th, 2022  after police raided a church family outdoor event. 

Latest Update: No updates since early 2023.

Wang Qiang
Linfen City Yaodu District Detention Center.

Nantaijian Village, Wucun Town, Yaodu District, Linfen City,
Shanxi Province, China; Postal Code: 041000。

王强

临汾市尧都区看守所 · 地址:
中国 山西省临汾市尧都区吴村镇南太涧村 
邮政编码:041000

Gong ShengLiang

Pastor

Pastor Gong Shengliangfounder of the South China China, is serving a 19-year prison sentence, after a commutation of a life sentence occurred in 2006. Gong was originally sentenced to death.

Latest Update: No updates since 2012.

Gong Shengliang
Section 4, Special No. 1, Hongshan Prison,
Miaoshan Development Zone, Jiangxia District,
Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China,
Postal Code: 430223

龚圣亮

中国湖北省武汉市江夏区庙山开发区洪山监狱特1号4监区,
邮编:430223

Hao Ming

Elder

Elder Hao Ming of Deyang Qingcaodi Reformed Church was taken by police in Nov. 2021, with his “fraud” case brought to trial in Dec. 2022. Officials lowered the amount of alleged “fraud” in Aug. 2023.

Latest Update: In Dec. 23, police offered to release Hao if he ‘confessed’ to the fake fraud charges. 

Hao Ming
Deyang City Detention Center
Group 6, Yuquan Community, Jingyang Township,
Jingyang District, Deyang City, Sichuan Province, China; Postal Code 618000.

郝鸣

德阳市看守所 .地址:
中国四川省德阳市旌阳区旌阳乡玉泉社区六组 邮政编码:618000

Wu Jiannan

Elder

Elder Wu Jiannan of Deyang Qingcaodi Reformed Church was taken by police in Nov. 2021, with his “fraud” case brought to trial in Dec. 2022. Officials lowered the amount of alleged “fraud” in Aug. 2023.

Latest Update: No updates since Aug. 2023.

Wu Jiannan
Deyang City Detention Center
Group 6, Yuquan Community, Jingyang Township,
Jingyang District, Deyang City, Sichuan Province, China; Postal Code 618000.

武见nan

德阳市看守所 .地址:
中国四川省德阳市旌阳区旌阳乡玉泉社区六组 邮政编码:618000

Elder

Pastor Li Juncai of Yuanyang County Central House Church was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison in January 2021 for objecting to the CCP’s forced cross removal from his church. 

Latest Update: No updates since 2021 when a CCP Court denied his appeal.

Li Juncai
The No. 3  Prison Section, Jiao’nan Prison,
Yinghu Road, Jiefang District,
Jiaozuo city,
Henan province, China
Zip code: 454003

李军才

河南省焦作市解放区映湖路
河南省焦南监狱第三监区 
邮编:454003

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