1000 Member House Church Raided in Beijing; Seminary Attacked by Government Officials in Shandong Province

China Aid Association

(Beijing-May 27, 2008) As persecution amongst house churches steadily increases, CAA has learned that, the Beijing Gospel Church was raided by PSB officials on Sunday May 25. The church is home to more than 1000 members and meets at separate locations throughout Beijing. 8 of these locations were disrupted by PSB officials, who then detained Pastor Gao Zhen. Pastor Gao was interrogated and then released at 6:00pm, that evening.
As Nationwide persecution continues to increase CAA has learned that a House Church Seminary in Weifang City, Shandong Province was attacked by more than 30 PSB and RAB officials. The Seminary, which has been in existence for several years is home to 48 students and 3 professors. The officials ordered all 48 students to immediately return to their home towns. One student, Fan Meiling was beaten by officials before leaving the premises. Mrs. Fan is in her mid twenties and is originally from “Binzhou City, Shandong Province. The reason for the attack is unknown at this time. Officials also detained the leaders of the seminary, whose names are: Lu ZhaojunZhang YageJin Xiuxiang
Both Zhang Yage and Jin Xiuxiang are originally from Anqiu City, Shandong Province, while Lu is from Weifang.
Officials confiscated Bibles, Computers, Printers, and even the seminary’s mini-van. The School and its students were charged by authorities of being members of the Falun Gong cult.
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Issued by CAA May 27, 2008

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