On 17 August, Public Security Bureau officers in China detained three Christian men; Wang Shunping, Nu Sangdeng and San Luobo, along with two Christian women, Hua Xiuxia and Dong Mengru on accusations of “organising and funding illegal gatherings”. It was reported that these gatherings had taken place for the purpose of prayer and to offer Bible studies and music lessons for young people. One of the believers, Wang Shunping, is the young pastor of a church in Nujiang, Yunnan State. The other four Christians who were arrested alongside Pastor Wang are members of his church.
Thankfully, all five Christians were released on bail as of 7 May, and they have since been safely reunited with their families. Since the arrests, several Christian lawyers had travelled hundreds of kilometres to Nujiang multiple times, and their efforts are being credited for the release of the accused believers.