15 House Church Leaders Arrested in Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu and Anhui; a VBS for 150 Children Attacked with 2 Teachers Seriously Wounded by Police Violence
China Aid Association, Inc.
PO Box 8513, Midland, TX 79708
Tel: (267) 205-5210 Fax: (432) 686-8355
Contact: Bob Fu
Photo: letter to CAA by attacked house church in Jiangsu province
Midland, Texas (CAA)-July 19, 2007
China Aid Association (CAA) learned that from July 10-14, a total of 15 house church leaders were detained in Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu and Anhui province. A Vacation Bible School (VBS) for 150 children was attacked and 2 teachers were beaten and hospitalized.
4 House church Leaders in Inner Mongolia Detained
According to eyewitness reports, on July 14, four leaders were taken away and detained from the home of Pastor FU Pengtu at Wuda District, Wuhai city, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. At 11:30 am, 4 military police from PSB of Wuhai City rushed to Pastor FU’s house without providing any legal papers and arrested Pastor FU’s wife GAO Chinxia (31-year-old), sister XIE Yanan, Pastor LIU Yukang, and sister CHEN Binghui. Among them, sister XIE and CHEN are house church missionaries from Pingdingshan city, Henan province.
Vacation Bible School for 150 Children Attacked in Jiangsu Province
CAA also learned that at 4 pm on July 11, Zhongzhuang House Church in Jianhu City, Jiangsu Province, suffered persecution. According to eyewitness reports, while the church was conducting a VBS named "Harmony Express," the county government, the Public Security Bureau (PSB), and the Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), along with policemen, sent 10 vehicles. They took away 8 people from the church, including the pastor of the church and teachers for the VBS. In assaulting the church members, they resorted to brute force and injured 2 of the church workers. One of them, brother WANG Ya, is still going through emergency treatment in a hospital after he lost consciousness for half an hour. Another brother has had 3 stitches. The 2 brothers who were hospitalized were so beaten that blood came out from their mouths. A total of 10 people were taken away by the PSB, including the church leader Pastor ZENG Zhengliang. Church property, including a video camera, a computer and movie camera, were taken by force without receipts. The 150 children were traumatized and they asked to leave the school. Pastor ZENG used to be a respected pastor in the local TSPM church, but last year he was forced to leave the TSPM because he didn’t agree with the TSPM’s liberal, government-dictated theology. After being forced to leave the TSPM church, Pastor Zeng planted a house church.
A House Church Leader in Anhui Detained
Meanwhile, on July 10, the PSB of Mingguang county, Anhui province, detained a local house church leader. Pastor LU Jingxiang was taken away from his house at Qiaotou town, Mingguang county. The PSB didn’t provide any legal paper for the arrest and claimed that pastor LU was involved “illegal religious activities.”
“We urge President Bush and other administration officials to speak more forcefully on the deteriorating situation of religious persecution in China.” CAA also urges the Chinese government to immediately release these arrested pastors.
Communicate your concern to the Chinese authorities at the following addresses:
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong,
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
Director of Religious Affairs: (202) 328-2512
Premier Wen Jiabao, PRC
PO Box 1741, The State Council, Beijing, PRC (zip code 100017)
Ms. Wu Aiying, minister of Ministry of Justice of PRC
Address：No. 10, Nan Da Jie, Chaoyangmen, Beijing City (Zip Code: 100020)
Issued by CAA on July 19, 2007
Contact: Bob Fu
7月11日下午四点，江苏建湖县钟庄家庭教会遭到逼迫。当时，教会正举行“和谐直通车”儿童主日学夏令营培训。当地地方政府、县政府、公安局、三自委员会，以及协警共出动十辆车子，以取缔”邪教”为名,威吓参加培训的150名儿童,强行驱散他们, 把教会负责人及主日学老师共8人全部带走，并使用武力，冲突中教会两名同工被打伤。公安局抓人时并未有任何手续.一位18岁的忘亚弟兄被打后休克半个小时被送往医院抢救.，一人被缝三针后又被关押，住院的弟兄被打的口吐鲜血！共十人被抓走，包括教会领袖曾正良牧师。教会的摄象机、电脑、投影机都被抢. 据悉, 曾正良曾是当地”三自”教会有威望的牧师.因为不愿意贯彻”三自”神学受逼迫而于去年离开”三自”建立家庭教会.
(博讯记者：蔡楚) [博讯来稿] (博讯 boxun.com)