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18 Christians Arrested, 16 Still in Prison in Henan Province

Posted by radiofreechina on May 6, 2009

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

HENAN, CHINA (ANS) A dozen Public security Bureau (PSB) officers raided a communion service in China’s Henan Province on April 30 and took away 18 believers, 16 of whom are still being held.

According to ChinaAid (www.ChinaAid.org ) a group of house church Christians and leaders from the house church group China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) were gathered for a communion service at a house church in Xinye city, Henan province, when they were raided by PSB officers.

In all, eighteen Christians were taken to the Public Security Bureau (PSB) office of Xinye city. They were each forced to pay a 1000 yuan (about $150) fine.

At the time of ChinaAid’s press release, 16 Christians were still being held by the PSB, including 10 preachers from Hubei province. The imprisoned preachers are: Wang Donggui, Yang Chengqun, GuoDaying, Hao Xuecheng, Lun Zhidian, Lian Fengmei, Chen Mingao, Ren Zhiai, Zhai Laoxue and Zhai Jinai.

Concerned US Christians may contact the following Public Security Bureau officials and request the 16 Christians immediately be released:

Mr. Shi Zhengxian, Deputy Director of PSB: +86-377- 66222611-35068 (office)

Mr. Chen Xiaogang, Leader of PSB Special Squad +86-13838748167 (cell phone)

Please contact Katherine@ChinaAid.org  with questions or requests for further information.

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