Published on January 7th, 2014
This month, we encourage you to write to two Chinese [Christians] who are in prison for attempting to provide Bibles to the growing Chinese church. Lacheng Ren and Wenxi Li were arrested for attempting to establish a bookstore in Taiyuan province.
Lacheng was sentenced to five years in prison and Wenxi was sentenced to two years for the “crime” of attempting to open the Enyu Bookstore. Even though they had a license for their business, police confiscated hundreds of books that Wenxi had brought from Beijing to sell at the store. When police raided the bookstore in May 2012, they shouted at the workers, “Don’t you dare bring Christian culture here! This is our turf!”
Among the “illegal” products that were confiscated were audio books of parts of the Bible, but the Chinese government continues to tell the world that Bibles are legal in China and that there is no persecution. Both men have appealed their prison sentences, but it is unclear when the Chinese courts will rule on the appeals. The men need our prayer and encouragement right now. Information on how to write to the men is available at www.prisoneralert.com.
We often pray that God will encourage Christians in prison. Writing letters is one way we can be a part of God’s answer to that prayer. Letters do make a difference.