(Chengdu, Sichuan Province) During Early Rain Covenant Church’s Sunday service on October 17th, police arrested preacher Dai Zhichao and his family. They were detained in Wuhou District’s police station for more than 10 hours. Upon their return, they found the keyhole to their house completely filled with glue.
At around 8 AM on Sunday, Brother Dai Zhichao heard someone
knocking at his door. He checked the peephole to find several plain-clothes officers standing outside. Instead of answering, he and his family attended the Early Rain Covenant Church’s service online. Afterward, the family tried to leave their neighborhood but were stopped by several plain-clothes officers. They said Brother Dai was an anti-government dissenter.
The police took away the key of Mr. Dai’s electric bike and his
wife Mrs. Lu Lingzhi’s cell phone. According to Mrs. Lu, the officers failed to show any paperwork proving they were law enforcement. Brother Dai started preaching the gospel to the police as they arrested him.
They arrived at the station at 11AM. A detective interrogated them
four hours later. During the query, he threatened the family to move out of Chengdu like the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) threatened him in
Officials released the family at 9pm after hours of questioning and detainment. When they arrived at home, Brother Dai found glue obstructing their keyhole. They had to spend the night at a friend’s home.
Brother Dai is a small group leader of the Tashui group, which has
become the main target for persecution in Chengdu this year. Police regularly raid their private gatherings, taking members to jail. In August, officers arrested 28 members of the small group and violently beat Dai Zhichao and other members.
Brother Dai Zhichao wrote in his devotion journal in the evening
of October 17:
Thank you, God, for the 10 hours my family spent in the police
station. We were surrounded by evil people, and the whole process was full of illegal misconducts, but we felt warmth in our hearts as a family. God, please protect us as we walk the way ahead. When we sat in the narrow hallway in the police station, we thought of Jesus, who was born in a manger, and the Son of Man has no place to lay his head. We were grateful for God’s choice. The road ahead appears long and narrow, but God please send us your almighty power
so we can testify the living Gospel that conquered death. Please continue to pray for my family and ask for God’s protection for my family. Please also pray that God gives me faith and endurance to experience His faithfulness and presence.
~Yu Bing ChinaAid Association Special Reporter