(Chengdu, Sichuan—June 15, 2019) The Chinese government continues to harass Early Rain Covenant Church six months after around 150 of them were taken into police custody.
One of the church’s deacons, a man surnamed Xu, took his grandson to see Wang Shuya, the son of the imprisoned Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong, and they dropped off some food. After, police informed them that they are not allowed to enter Wangjiaguai, where Wang Shuya had been living with his grandparents.
Jiang has since been released on bail and reunited with her son.
Many Early Rain Covenant Church members were also warned not to attend Christian gatherings to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4 and to pray for their country. Several of the church families experienced tight official surveillance, and others had their electricity and internet shut off. In addition, police and other government personnel broke into several of the families’ homes.
One of the homes they broke into was that of a church member surnamed Wang. First, the authorities shut off the electricity and then showed them a document summoning Mr. Wang as well as two other Christians, identified only as Brother Zhang and Sister Tang. Brother Zhang had brought fruit to Mr. Wang’s home and eaten dinner with him, and both of them were taken away for inquiry. Both were released in the middle of the night.
On June 6, Zhang Xinyue, the wife of Early Rain Covenant Church Elder Li Yingqiang, returned to Chengdu after fleeing to her hometown Gansu province with her two children to escape persecution. When they arrived at their home, the door lock wouldn’t work, so they had to change it. Police started monitoring their home, and the landlord received pressure to terminate their lease.