Early Rain Covenant Church elder released, members interrogated

Xu Miaozhuang, the wife of Early Rain
Covenant Church elder Su Bingsen,
embraces her children after authorities
evict them from their home in this
undated photo.
(Photo: ChinaAid)


(Chengdu, Sichuan—April 22, 2019) Chinese authorities released an elder of the serially persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church on Thursday and flown back to his hometown. On Easter Sunday, at least seven members of the church underwent a lengthy interrogation.

The elder, Su Bingsen, has been under police custody since December of last year, when officials seized more than 150 of the Sichuan-based church’s members within a week. When Su flew back home to Fujian, he was accompanied by public security bureau personnel.

Multiple church members remain behind bars, however, including Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong, both of whom went missing after being seized.

In commemoration of Easter, Early Rain Covenant Church members held a celebration at a local park. Yesterday, at least seven of them, including multiple small children, were summoned for a lengthy interrogation and were not released until early this morning.

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