On 12th September, a Chinese pastor, Huang Yizi, was arrested by police in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. This is the second time he has been arrested, and, in fact, he was only released from jail a month ago after serving a year long prison sentence.
Huang was at home when police came and took him away. According to a member of Fengwo Church, “At that time, he was … with his two children. His wife had already been out for a few days. Now, the two children are at home in the police’s care.”
Huang’s first detainment occurred on 2nd August, 2014, after he and other Christians organized a protest against the demolition of Salvation Church’s cross in the town of Shuitou, Pingyang County. Originally, he was charged with “gathering a crowd to assault a state agency,” but the charge was changed.
The judge administered a one-year prison sentence, after which Huang was freed and allowed to return home.
Following his release, Huang wrote a letter in which he thanked God for his “one year sabbatical in prison” and described the details of his life behind bars. While he joyously noted the many prisoners who converted to Christianity after meeting him, he also stated that he was interrogated 100 times, with each session lasting between one to 6-1/2 hours.
Currently, the length of time officials intend to keep Huang in custody remains unknown.
- Pray for Huang and other Christians in jail in China. Pray for them to be aware of God’s love and for their faith to be a witness to other prisoners and their guards.
- Give thanks for many prisoners who have heard about Jesus through Christians in jail.
- Pray for the Chinese Church, to continue to grow, not just in numbers, but in depth of faith and in their courage to witness to friends and family.
- Pray for the Chinese government, to come to allow freedom of worship for the Chinese church.
Colossians 4 vs 3: “At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison