On April 24, 2017, I was called to translate at the High Court for Tang who had lodged an appeal to lessen his sentence. Tang had been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in early 2014 for possession of ivory products valued at US$300. He was in transit at Nairobi travelling from Mozambique to China when he was arrested. He had already been in prison for over three years when the High Court heard his appeal on April 24.
As he had no advocate, I acted as such at the hearing. To our surprise the appeal was successful and he was released. During his time in prison, Tang was given a Chinese Bible by the chaplain. He also joined some of the chapel services though he could not understand what was being said because of the language barrier. Accompanied by a Kenyan pastor and another co-worker I had the opportunity to explain the gospel, pray with him, and encourage him when I visited him at the police station following his release from prison.Tang attributed his release to God’s mercy and he made the decision to follow Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.
On May 8, Tang was deported to China. He returned to his hometown. His wife and two children whom he had not seen for more than four years were waiting. He is keen to bring the gospel to them and also to the people in his neighbourhood. He said, “There are no Christians in the town where I stay. They should know God too.”
Will you pray for East Asia’s Diaspora?
- Give thanks for how God reached Tang and, through him, is now reaching his home town in China. Pray for more stories like Tang’s.
- Pray for the work of prison chaplains, Kenyan pastors and others in Kenya’s prisons. Pray that it would bear lasting fruit.
- Pray for Chinese who come to faith in Africa. Pray that some may hear Jesus say: “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:18).