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13 House Church Leaders Detained in Sichuan Province

Posted by radiofreechina on April 4, 2008

By Dan Wooding

Founder of ASSIST Ministries

SICHUAN, CHINA (ANS) China Aid Association (CAA) says that it has learned that 13 house church leaders were detained at Qu county, Sichuan province on Sunday, March 30.

“According to an eyewitness within the church there, around 3pm on Saturday, March 29th, a house church service was attacked during their praise and worship service,” said a spokesperson for CAA. “The church is in Qu county, Dazhou city which is a six hour drive from Chengdu city, Sichuan Province.

“Seven believers were taken by a group of people who claimed to be from local religious affairs bureau, community administration and national security. Their names are Wang Qingxiu, Zhou Yanmei, Zhang Mingxiu, Luo Qinghua, Wan Huabi, Wang Zhenping, and Yan XX.

“Wan Huabi and Wang Zhenping were released after the interrogation. Around 6pm Wang Zhenping was notified by the detention center that Wang Qingxiu was there. Luo Qinghua was found in the detention center the next day.The other three sisters are also in the detention center.”

The CAA story goes on to say that on the morning of March 30th, nine sisters and four children were taken by the policemen after their Sunday school service was let out. Another sister who wa s working in the cloth market was taken at the same time. All children and two elderly believers were released after the interrogation. For the rest of them, seven are in the detention center, and one sister is missing.

According to three copies of official criminal detention notices obtained by CAA, which were issued to family members of Ms. Wan Huabi, Ms. Wang Qingxiu and Ms. Lei Shibi on March 30, 2008 by the PSB of Qu County, Sichuan province, these arrested leaders were accused of being “suspected of using evil cult to obstruct the enforcement of the law.”

Ms. Li Xianbi, 59 years old, who is the host of the Sunday worship at her house on March 30, received 5 days administrative detention for “illegal gathering for evil cult activities.”

The Rev. Bob Fu, president of CAA said, “We are deeply concerned about the welfare of these detained Christian leaders. Their arbitrary detention totally contradicts the spirit of the rule of law.

“It is another step backward toward improving the religious freedom reco rd in China as the Chinese government promised both before and after the 2008 Olympics was awarded to Beijing.”

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President of Chinese House Church Alliance issues Open Letter to the International Community

Posted by radiofreechina on February 24, 2008

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

CHINA (ANS) Since his conversion to Christianity in 1986, Pastor Zhang Mingxuan has been arrested, beaten and incarcerated 12 times. Most recently, Public Security Bureau and State officials forced Zhang to close the orphanage he had been running with his two sons.

Pastor Zhang Mingxuan

Zhang and the orphans have continued to look for places of residence, but have been refused several times by landlords who have been threatened by officials not to lease to Zhang. Currently, Zhang has been separated from his two sons, who were also forced to move by PSB officials.

Now Zhang Mingxuan, president of the Chinese house church alliance, has issued an open letter to the international community, informing the world of the sufferings and persecutions he has endured at the hands of the CPC.

Detailed in his third open letter are the many hardships and injustices pastor Zhang has had to endure throughout the years since becoming an outspoken evangelist and leader of the house church alliance.

In his first two open letters, Zhang appealed to President Hu Jintao, to rectify the wrongs being done by corrupt Government officials. To this date Zhang has received no response.

In his latest appeal, Pastor Zhang has written to the international community encouraging them to pray for the upcoming Beijing Olympics and to press the Chinese Government to realize true freedom of religion and rule of law.

CAA says it is Zhang’s hope, along with millions of other persecuted Christians, that the World’s attention on the Olympic Games will bring the Chinese Government to realize the wrongs it has done and allow the house church alliance to help build a true “harmonious society.”

To view the complete text of Pastor Zhang’s letter, click here: http://chinaaid.org/2008/02/18/we-want-the-olympics-but-we-want-love-and-justice-more/

To voice your concern over the injustices Pastor Zhang has been forced to endure please contact:

Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
Address: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007
Tel:(202) 338-6688, (202)5889760
Fax: (202) 588-9760

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Two female House Church Alliance leaders Detained in Henan

Posted by radiofreechina on February 20, 2008

Four leaders sentenced to 5-day detention for distributing religious literature in Zhejiang

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

LUOHE CITY, HENAN PROVINCE, CHINA (ANS) Two 24 year old Chinese House Church Alliance leaders were detained while awaiting transportation to Beijing.

China Aid Association (CAA) it has learned that at 11pm on February 18 at Luohe train station, Ms. Dong Shanshan and Ms. Xu Yuanyuan, who are both theological teachers within the Alliance churches, were taken away by 12 PSB (Public security Bureaua) officers, and their whereabouts are unknown.

CAA also said that four Christian women were sentenced to 5 days detention for distributing Gospel tracks at a bus station in Shujiang District, Taizhou city, Zhejiang province on January 31, 2008. The officers from PSB and RAB (Religious Affairs Bureau) accused them of “disturbing social order.” They were released on February 5 from Taizhou PSB Detention center. They are now preparing legal actions against the abusive PSB officers.

A news releases from CAA says: “These latest incidents are clear evidence that the CPC is adamant about dismantling the House Church Alliance before the Beijing Olympic Games. The Chinese Government is also trying to alienate the Alliance’s President, Zhang Mingxuan.”

It adds: “The two sisters who were taken, were members of the House Church Alliance. We ask for urgent prayer for them, as their whereabouts are unknown, and they may be facing extreme interrogation, humiliation, and even torture.”

China Aid Association
Tel: (432) 689-6985
Fax: (432) 686-8355
E-mail: info@ChinaAid.org
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House Church Christmas Services Raided Throughout Multiple Provinces

Posted by radiofreechina on December 20, 2007

Prominent House Church Leader Detained During Worship Service

December 19, 2007

   Henan Province- On December 16, 2007, Less than two weeks before
Christmas, China Aid has learned that, Pastor Liang Qi Zhen, Vice President
of the Chinese House Church Alliance, was detained by PSB officials in Er
Qi District. After disbursing Liang’s congregation, police officials took
him by force and transported him to an undisclosed location where he was
tortured for several hours. Liang’s ears and right hand were injured
during the lengthy assault. After being released, Liang was able to
identify the one who tortured him as Er Qi Security Bureau policeman, Li
Seng. No legal procedure was established during the entire incident. PSB
officials continue to threaten the church members to abstain from
gathering.

   Jiangsu Province- A house church in Chang Zhou City was attacked by
police officials in December during a Christmas celebration. The church,
led by Pastor Bu Ge Qiao, was in the midst of a Christmas service when
police raided the gathering and detained four female members. During the
apprehension police assaulted one of the members until she became
unconscious. She was later taken to the hospital. Her condition remains
unknown.

   Yunan Province- On December 5, 2007, policemen and members of the
Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs raided a house church meeting in
Kunming, and detained several members including, Ms. Piao Guihua, the
renter of the property. After searching the building, police seized several
hundred Christian books and note-pads, and then burned them outside the
residence. Police also destroyed the identification cards of three of the
church members.  After several hours of interrogation, the members were
released and told to remove all property from the residence by 10am. The
landlord of the building was also instructed to cease rental agreements
with Ms. Piao. The same house church has been raided on several occasions
beginning in December of 2004, September 2007, November 3, 2007, and
November 29 2007. In each instance, police officials have confiscated the
offering donations along with Bibles and other Christian literature. In
every raid, police officials have failed to issue legal documentation of
the property taken.

   Henan Province- On Tuesday, December 4, policeman in Lu Yi district,
Henan Province, assailed a local house church prayer meeting. Five church
members were detained and taken to the local police station for
interrogation. Their names are:

Shao Guang Rong (the pastor of the church), his wife Zhang Ji Zhi, Yan Qi
Ying, Cui LianZhi and Wang Xiao Jian.

The members were released on bail after 5 days detention, but not before
being forced to pay an 800 Yuen fee for food consumed during their
incarceration. According to several house church members, at the same time
their leaders were taken by the police, dozens of believers in another town
of the same district were also detained. No word concerning their release
has been heard.

   House church members, labeled by police officials as “cultists”,
are often sentenced to labor camps when they are detained by police. The
members detained in Henan Province are likely to face one year imprisonment
in such a labor camp.

“To arbitrarily arrest peaceful Christians for celebrating Christmas,
shows how much religious freedom Chinese people have,” said Bob Fu,
President of China Aid Association. “The international community should
be concerned for the increasing religious persecution in China in recent
months especially in light of the Beijing Olympics just a few months
away.”

   In spite of increasing persecution, house church members remain adamant
and vocal about celebrating the Christmas season. Services continue to be
held celebrating the birth of Christ, as members gather to sing songs and
worship despite fears of arrest and imprisonment.

Issued by CAA on December 19, 2007

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