Authorities continue crackdown on Early Rain Covenant Church

An Early Rain Covenant Church gathering.
(Photo: courtesy of an Early Rain Covenant
Church member)


(Chengdu, Sichuan—April 18, 2019) The Chinese government has continued its crackdown on Sichuan province’s Early Rain Covenant Church, suppressing its members.

On March 22, Shen Bing, the husband of imprisoned church member Li Xiaofeng, penned an essay in response to the police force’s question of what he thinks of Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi’s sermons. Once he wrote it, they accused him of provoking troubles and detained him at the Chengdu Municipal Detention Center.

Moreover, on April 1, a couple who attends the church, Zhang Jianqing and Yu Zhixue, were forced to speak to authorities from their hometown in Shanxi province, and officials threatened to force them to return there. In addition, multiple members of the church have been accused of “illegal business operations,” and the police have continued to investigate the church by confiscating some books in Shanxi.

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