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High Security for Trial

Chen Wensheng is smiling.
Evangelist Chen Wensheng
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The case of Chen Wensheng was heard by the Hengyang City Shigu District People's Court on April 18th. However, when Chen's relatives and friends arrived that morning to attend the trial, they found about 40 black-clad special force officers guarding the entrance of the court building. In addition, the entire street was blocked off under the pretext of performing a "drill" so that any supporters could be prevented from attending the trial. Despite aggressive actions by the police, Chen's supporters are reported to have demonstrated "patience and calmness."

Chen Wensheng is a street evangelist who has gained a reputation as a "Gospel Warrior." Having been arrested several times, Chen is now on trial for allegedly "organizing and financing illegal gatherings." Sources report that he is "radiant and joyful" despite his imprisonment and actively spreading the Gospel message while in detention. For more information on this believer's case, see this page.

Pray that the case against Chen will soon be dropped so he can be rightfully released from custody. In the meantime, may this dear brother in Christ receive ongoing strength, encouragement and wisdom as he faithfully ministers the hope of the Gospel to those imprisoned along with him. Continue to remember his wife, along with other family members and friends, who are missing him during this time of separation, praying that they too will receive greatly needed encouragement from the Lord.

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