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CHINA: Church Members Harassed on the Anniversary of Crackdown

In December 2023, the fifth anniversary of the December 2018 crackdown on Early Rain Covenant Church, government authorities harassed more than a dozen Early Rain church families.

“Guards” were stationed outside the homes of some church leaders to prevent them from leaving, and one deacon was detained for 15 days at the Shuangnan Police Station. Church members lost contact with the deacon on 8 December and had no idea what had happened to him.

In addition, one of the church’s pastors, Dai Shichao, was questioned and criminally detained under a charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”

And, after being warned on 8 December to not go online, Elder Li Yingqiang and his wife were detained for several hours the following day. The elder was again detained and interrogated on 15 and 19 December, for his participation in an online event commemorating the anniversary of the 2018 crackdown.

Elder Li distributed a letter on 19 December 2023, requesting prayer as Early Rain Covenant Church continues to face various challenges internally and externally.

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