(Chengdu, Sichuan Province) On the afternoon of January 24, Brother Jia Xuewei of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu went to his apartment with his landlord, a female Christian of his church, to pick up his personal possessions. He hasn’t lived here for eight months. The door was vandalized, and the keyhole was sealed with glue. When he tried to open the door, the apartment management office staff called the police. Several police officers came from Jinjiang District. The landlord explained the situation to the officers, but they still summoned Brother Jia Xuewei to the police station under the guise of “suspicion of picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”
Brother Jia Xuewei has been expelled several times by Jinjiang police since November 2020, taking him to the police station in some instances. They cut off his power and water and damaged the lock on his door. Brother Jia Xuawei faced harassment constantly.
Because he cannot live in his home, he had to look for temporary places to live for more than one year. A Christian family of his church accommodated him, but their power and water were cut off by authorities. Due to the harsh situation, Brother Jia got a stone in his gallbladder and was hospitalized for surgery in December 2021. Officials took this opportunity to seal his door with glue while he was away from home.
|Jia’s door sealed with glue|
(Photo: ChinaAid source)
Jia Xuewei wrote:
I gave up my rights to appeal for my rights to hold the line and triumph in Jesus Christ with endurance and peace. Apart from my Lord, I have no good thing. All the persecutions have made me know clearer about the spiritual war behind the scene. It’s like holding up my sword when I take out my key and like fighting in the battleground of truth when I turn on the light and drink water.
Regarding his recent summon, Brother Jia teased on his WeChat Moments:
I have been to the police station numerous times in the past… But today is the first time I ever received a formal legal document. I was so thrilled and tears filled my eyes. What a lovely [charge,] ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’
~ Yu Bing, ChinaAid special reporter