On the evening of 9 December 2018, over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church were arrested in coordinated raids on their homes. The pastor, Wang Yi, remains in detention and is facing up to 15 years in prison. Several others, including his wife, also face charges.
Thankfully, Pastor Wang’s wife, Jiang Rong, was released on bail on 11 June and has been reunited with her son. Another Christian, Li Xiaofeng, was also released.
Since both remain on bail, they can be re-arrested at any time, and thus their freedom remains severely restricted. At last report, their health condition is unknown.
Sources: China Aid, Pray for Early Rain Church, Release International
- Praise God that Jiang and Li have been allowed to return to their families, even under these bail conditions.
- Pray for their emotional and physical healing, and that they will be allowed access to any treatment they may need.
- Commit to the Lord those who remain detained – elders Li Yingqiang and Qin Defu, deacon Ge Yingfeng and church member Gou Zhongcan. Ask the Lord to provide ongoing encouragement. Pray for their release.
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