China Aid Association
CAA calls upon the world churches to pray for and provide aid for the victims of the earthquake in Sichuan province. CAA mourns with the suffering Chinese people during this moment of great loss. CAA is actively collaborating with the Chinese house churches to send love gifts to help survivors.
CAA also learned that in the past two days, in spite of the attention garnered by of the rescue efforts for victims of the earthquake in Sichuan province, one house church Bible School in Hebei was raided and forced to close. Church sources informed CAA that at 10:30am on May 13, 2008, a Bible school located in Yanjiao town, Sanhe city of Hebei Province was raided by more than 30 officers from the Sanhe City Religious Affairs Bureau , Sanhe Public Security Bureau, Langfang City Public Security Bureau of Hebei province and local PSB officers, led by the Chief of the Hebei Religious Affairs Bureau. Three computer hard disks were taken and the students were dispersed back to their hometowns forcefully. Pastor Gao Er Qiao from Pingdingshan City, Henan, Ms. Jiang Mei Hao from Inner Mongolia and their Korean interpreter Piao Zhihui were taken and interrogated from 4pm to 9pm. They were all released after the interrogation. This particular Bible school was established in 2006 by missionaries from South Korea. The school consists of more than 100 students representing multiple provinces in China.
In addition, at 10am May 12, 2008, a house church meeting in Daxing town, Tailai County, Qiqihaer City of Heilongjiang Province was raided by Chief of Qiqihaer and three other people. They claimed it was an “illegal gathering” and took away 6000 Yuan of offering from the church without following proper legal procedures. The church received a ticket of “receipt” stating that the church was officially shut down.
To voice your concern, please contact:
Mr. Wei, Director of Hebei Sanhe City Religious Affairs Bureau: +86-13931-635-996
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
Issued by CAA May 13, 2008
China Aid Contacts
Rachel Ritchie, English Media Director
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