Pastor Wang Yi

Pastor Wang Yi was the Early Rain Church Convent leader from 2005 until his arrest in 2018 for “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business operations.” Before leading his house church network, he was an independent intellectual who believed in Chinese collectivism. However, he abandoned his old life to become a pastor and found community with other believers. He regularly called for Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party to repent in his sermons. At the height of Xi’s Sinicization of Christianity, Wang Yi released “A Declaration for the Sake of the Christian Faith,” which over 400 Chinse house church pastors and leaders signed with their real names.

Since police arrested Pastor Wang Yi on December 9, 2018, as officers blocked information about him, the outside world knows little about his situation in prison. Two years and eight months have passed, but only one photo, three poems, and words he shared on January 9, 2020, have been released. Pastor Wang's words:

“If someone attacks me, I will be meek as a lamb. But if someone attacks the Church, I will be brave as a lion. I remain silent if something happens out of God’s will. I have criticized the authorities before. It was not out of hatred, but out of love. When I make comments on authorities, nobody believes there is no hatred. But when I was arrested, I submitted myself to the authorities. That’s when people knew it was true, that I criticized the authorities out of love.”

According to ChinaAid sources, authorities have held him in a cell by himself. He cannot meet nor talk to any other prisoners, except two heavily sentenced criminals. Prison guards have given him 10-year-old moldy rice to eat. The hospital inside the prison uses expired medicines to treat prisoners. Medical staff, other prisoners, do not have any medical certification. The information raises major concerns regarding Pastor Wang Yi’s health in prison.