Yeah, we were imprisoned in May of 1996. And the first three days and nights we – it’s just non-stop day and night, 24 hours interrogation. And most of the questions are focused on my connection with our fellow Christians, especially Christian leaders and overseas interaction.
And how many members, and where they are, and some of the leadership in our church already escaped? And so they are focusing on these questions. And where is the finance from for our underground Bible school, et cetera? And because I had a law degree, so they didn’t really use electric shock baton, torture me, as they did to other prisoners, even in my prison cell.
So after three days of the interrogation, they throw me into a prison cell with about 20 to 30 prisoners staying together. About 20 square meters. Small room. We’re almost packed with a concrete bed, and even on the ground, full of prisoners.
And many prisoners, as I observed, were tortured. And I even saw the electric shock batons just outside the prison cell were used against prisoners. And some prisoners were even beaten up and with legs broken, arms broken, and had to crawl into our prison cell. It was a tough time. But I deeply felt that the Chinese prison itself is really a place of deep human rights violators, deep violations. And the prison guards had no respect at all on the basic rights of the prisoners, and the use of the prisoners to have, like, the first day, three courses of so-called pre-interrogation. And it just involves, you know, torture and beating.
And I myself, again, actually was forbidden to talk. And other prisoners [were] afraid to talk to me because they received a pre-warning by the prison officials that I would have some poisonous messages. Means the Christian Gospel to them if they talk to me. So they tried to prevent me from sharing the Good News in the Gospel to them. And later on, I found that and of course was able to communicate with these prisoners very extensively.
I think some of several drug dealers at least showed the sign of conversion when after I shared. But again, I was being watched, and at one time I was taken to the police – the prison officers’ room after somebody betrayed me from my cell, said I was sharing superstitious message.
And the prison officials just pumped the desk and said, "This is the holy land of the Communist Party. You can’t share your superstitious message." At one time I was kicked and beaten just to forbid me to share anything. And so later on, I have to just to sing some Christian hymns, with that way to share my faith by singing.
Well, whenever I got a chance to talk with them, and even my interrogators, I just did not have any hesitation sharing my faith and what it’s about and we’re good citizens. And there is a famous saying among the Chinese Christian community that there is ”one more Christian, one less criminal, one more church, one less prison.”
Said, "Yeah, we are actually trying to help the society to be a more stable and a peaceful society in China. And we’re not the destabilizer. And we are true patriots." So that’s my message to them.