Published on May 8th, 2015
Cheng Jie is a Christian in China. She and her husband, Hualin, have two sons who are less than 5 years old.
But Cheng Jie was sent to prison and could no longer help Hualin care for their children. “I don’t know how to take care of kids,” said Hualin. “When they ask me things, I don’t know how to answer. The kids need mom. I cannot help.”
Cheng Jie was the director of a Christian school that is part of their church. Hualin is a youth pastor. The government complained about the books and materials Cheng Jie’s school used to teach kindergarteners. And they put her in prison.
“As a full-time pastor, I have prepared myself to be in jail,” Hualin said. “Unfortunately it is not me; it is my wife in jail. The younger son is only 2 years old, so he really doesn’t know much about mom. The older one always asks for mom. Every day he prays that mom will come home soon.
“I wish for my wife to come back home so our family can be reunited. Pray for her, to keep her strong faith in God. And also pray that she can share the gospel in jail. Her lawyer said she is sharing the gospel in jail.”
(Source: Report from VOM contacts; edited and paraphrased.)