Updates: Pastor of a church in Heilongjiang beaten; a mission meeting in Shandong raided.

China Aid Association


Sun Weixian Mushi(Heilongjiang and Shandong February 23, 2013)On the morning of February 23, 2013, Beijing time, after the international media exposed the case in which a church in Youhao District of Yichun City, Heilongjiang Province was persecuted and its pastor of the church beaten by the police (February 19, 2013), personnel from the Youhao District Public Security Bureau and the agencies in charge of religious affairs went to “negotiate” with Pastor Sun Wenxian of Youhao Church. They made further threats and demands :  1) Do not let lawyers get involved in this case; and 2) They (PSB and religious affairs officials) will investigate the financial situation of Pastor Sun’s church, its members, and the content of their  sermons (to determine whether there is any anti-government talk).

According to Pastor Sun, she is under surveillance 24 hours a day, and her visits and activities are restricted.  She asks people to display concern in this case and pray for the Christians.  (Photo: Pastor Sun delivering a sermon in 2012.)

In another development, after the mission meeting of college students in Jimo City, Shandong Province was raided, a Chinese American and two South Korean missionaries remain in detention; their passports have been confiscated.   Decisions will be made about them, and they may be deported from China.

In addition to these situations, it is reported that starting from 2012, some agencies of the Chinese government have conducted secret investigations on over 300 missionaries from South Korea.  They have now deported or forced out nearly 100 of them.  The remaining 200-some missionaries are all planning to withdraw from China soon to dodge the brunt of the crackdown.

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