19 House Church Leaders Arrested in Henan, Sichuan and Jilin; House Churches Forced to Close

July 20, 2006

MIDLAND, Texas, July 14 /Christian Newswire/ — CAA learned that a prominent female House Church leader was imprisoned in Jilin province on July 14, 2006. Additionally, in the past few days, 17 House Church pastors were detained at Henan and Sichuan Province.

Photo: Detention paper by Langzhong City PSB, Sichuan province
According to eyewitness reports, on July 11, pastor WANG Jinhua, a prominent House Church leader in China was arrested along with her husband Mr. XU Jinfu and their 8-year-old son XU Enze from their home in Fengman District, Jilin City, Jilin province. Sources familiar with this arrest told CAA that the 8- year-old boy was released after some members of the church led by pastor Wang went to the PSB of Fengman District of Jilin city to ask for the boy’s release.

After being interrogated for three days and nights, pastor WANG was transferred to Baishan Prison in Baishan Town, Jilin city. Her husband Mr. XU Jinfu was released on the same day. The interrogators signed their date of pastor WANG’s transfer and Mr. XU’s release as July 12th instead of July 14th in order to cover their illegal extension of summon time.

Following the couple’s arrest, another major leader of that church pastor YU Peng was forced to flee and is now on the run because he was put on the wanted list by the government. At least 3 other leaders of that church were questioned by the PSB of Jilin city. They were asked about pastor WANG’s relationship with “Three-Grade Servant”. “Three-Grade Servant” was a controversial religious group whose six major leaders including its Founder XU Shuangfu were sentenced to death on July 5, 2006.

Pastor WANG used to be a leader in the “Three-Grade Servant” group. However she left that group ten years ago and started her current evangelical house church.

Meanwhile, at 9:30am on July 9th, 15 House church leaders were arrested at Nanyuan House Church, Wangcun Town, Wolong District, Nanyang city, Henan province. 20 PSB members with 5 police vehicles raided the church when about 30 church members were having their Sunday service. According to eyewitness reports, PSB members broke the door of the church and confiscated the church offering box and loudspeaker. Four of them were released in the afternoon on the same day. 11 of them are still being detained. Five of them received criminal detention papers at Shangzhuang Detention Center and six received administrative detention papers at Yong An Lu Detention Center. The arrested 11 leaders were accused of “engaging evil cult” activities. CAA learned 10 names of the arrested. They are pastor LIU Wanlong, WANG Jie, CHEN Tongqing, CHEN Guangzhou, CHEN Guangzhi, ZHANG Wei, Xiao Qin(whose last name is not available), Xiao Fei(whose last name is not available), DUAN Xiaotong and his wife(whose name is not available).

CAA also learned when Pastor CHEN Tongqing’s wife and son went to the detention center to look for pastor CHEN, both of them were beaten by the prison police and Chen’s son was forced to go back home handing in his dad’s bibles and other Christian literature. The police confiscated these books.

In Sichuan province, at 2pm on July 6th, two House Church leaders from Chongqing city pastor DAN Wei and his wife XIAO Tianmin were arrested and imprisoned by 4 members of PSB of Langzhong City with 2 village officials while they were leading a Bible study at a host family at Beiguan Town, Langzhong City, Sichuan province. Both of them were accused as “evil cult “ leaders.

“The international community should be aware of the recent escalating campaign against evangelical house churches by the Chinese government in the name of clampdown against the controversial Three-Grade Servant group,” said Rev. Bob Fu of CAA, “We urge President Bush and other administration officials to speak up more forcefully on the deteriorating situation of religious persecution in China.” CAA urges the Chinese government to immediately release these arrested pastors.

Communicate your concern to the Chinese authority at the following address:

Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong,
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
http://www.china-embassy.org/
TEL: 202-7456743
Fax: 202- 588-0032 ; 202-7457473
Director of Religious Affairs: (202) 328-2512

Premier Wen Jiabao, PRC
PO Box 1741, The State Council, Beijing, PRC (zip code 100017)
Contact Phone:+86-10-66012399

Ms. Wu Aiying, minister of Ministry of Justice of PRC
Tel: +86-10-65205114
Fax: +86-10-64729863
Address: No. 10, Nan Da Jie, Chaoyangmen, Beijing City (Zip Code: 100020)

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6 Responses to “19 House Church Leaders Arrested in Henan, Sichuan and Jilin; House Churches Forced to Close”


  1. Hello Ahmad Salib!

    MIDLAND, Texas, July 14 /Christian Newswire/ — CAA learned that a prominent female House Church leader was imprisoned in Jilin province on July 14, 2006. Additionally, in the past few days, 17 House Church pastors were detained at Henan and Sichuan Province.

    You hate Chinese do you? Christians hate everyone NOT Christian. You wish to destroy the fabric of the Chinese Confucian society which is far older than the Crusader Christian faith!

    When you do condemn the Christian occupation of Muslim Chechnya, Kashmir, Southern Thailand and Kosovo, then all Islamic Jihad will stop.

  2. edc Says:

    RE: Muhammad Iqbal: “You hate Chinese do you? Christians hate everyone NOT Christian. You wish to destroy the fabric of the Chinese Confucian society which is far older than the Crusader Christian faith!
    When you do condemn the Christian occupation of Muslim Chechnya, Kashmir, Southern Thailand and Kosovo, then all Islamic Jihad will stop.”

    I wanted to begin this comment with a smiley but I can’t find a way to make a smiley with a wry, saddened smile..

    Well, no follower of Messiah Jesus hates Chinese people, or Muslim people, but all who have given themselves to faith in Jesus do hate every false religion and philosophy, including Chinese Confucianism and Islam, no matter how old they are, because they are dragging blinded people down to the fires of hell. Like the men who flew the airplanes into a fiery inferno at the World Trade Center, or suicide bombers who foolishly and murderously blasted their own bodies to pieces, thinking they would wake up with great rewards, but only went from one awful flame to a far more horrible eternal burning because they rejected the only One who can free them from the penalty for their sin.

    ..and somehow, I do not think that Islamic Jihad will stop, no matter what Salib or all Christendom does or doesn’t condemn.

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