CHINA: Petition to UN for Pastor Gong

A Petition has been sent to the United Nations working group on arbitary detention about the case of Pastor Gong Shengliang. Pastor Gong, leader of the 100,000 member South China Church was arrested 5 years ago by Chinese security police. He was originally sentenced to death for ‚Äúusing a cult to undermine the enforcement of the law” and “complicity in rape‚Äù but after international protests, this was reduced to life imprisonment.

CHINA: 200 Police raid Christmas service

On Christmas Day, two hundred police and officers from China’s Religious Affairs Bureau raided a Christmas service in Xinjiang province. The service was being held in a rented commercial building in Manasi County, just north of the provincial capital of Urumchi.

CHINA: Hundreds of Christians arrested

Large numbers of Christians continue to be arrested in China as police target unregistered house-churches in a general campaign against “cults”.

At 9am on Monday of this week, police arrested 27 Chinese House Church pastors in Luoyang city in Henan province while they were meeting four American Christians. One of those arrested was named as Mr. Zhuo Tao, a nephew of Peter Xu Yongze (Back to Jerusalem).

CHINA: Hundreds of Christians arrested

Large numbers of Christians continue to be arrested in China as police target unregistered house-churches in a general campaign against “cults”.

At 9am on Monday of this week, police arrested 27 Chinese House Church pastors in Luoyang city in Henan province while they were meeting four American Christians. One of those arrested was named as Mr. Zhuo Tao, a nephew of Peter Xu Yongze (Back to Jerusalem).

CHINA: Pastor Cai waits for court verdict

On Thursday 7 July, Pastor Cai Zhuohua finally appeared in court in Beijing along with his wife, Xiao Yunfei, her brother, Xiao Gaowen, and sister-in-law, Hu Jinyun.

They were all arrested last September and faced charges of “illegal business practices” after 200,000 Bibles and other Christian literature were found in a storage room.

CHINA: Police raid 100 house-churches

Chinese police and PSB (Public Security Bureau) officials have raided 100 house churches in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin province in northeastern China. Sixty churches were raided simultaneously on Sunday 22 May while the other forty were raided in the days following.

More than 600 house church believers and leaders were taken into custody. Most were released after 24 to 48 hours of interrogation, but approximately 100 leaders are still being held in different detention centres.

Senior house-church leader arrested (China)

One of the most prominent Chinese House Church leaders, Pastor Zhang Rongliang, was arrested on December 1, 2004.

53-year-old Pastor Zhang was arrested in a rented apartment at Xuzhai village, Zhengzhou city, Henan province at about 1 p.m. One eyewitness said a Volkswagen car which apparently belongs to the Ministry of State Security had been parked near that apartment before Zhang’s arrest.

CHINA: Samuel Lamb interrogated in latest crackdown

Chinese authorities detained and interrogated well-known house church leader Samuel Lamb after worship services on Sunday, June 13. Ten of his co-workers were also detained and interrogated. Taken to a local police station in Guangzhou, all were released by the following day.

Pastor Gong fears for his life (China)

Pastor Gong Shengliang, the imprisoned leader of the South China Church, told relatives during a prison visit earlier this month that he fears for his life in Hongshan Prison, Wuhan City, Hubei Province.

“If you are able in any way, please transfer me to another prison,” Gong begged his three sisters during a 10-minute visit on 12 April. “Otherwise, just come and pick up my corpse.”

Pastor Gong moved to another prison (China)

Pastor Gong Shengliang has been transferred to another prison in a different city in Hubei province. At the end of July, he was taken from Jingzhou on a 120 mile journey to Hong Shan Prison in Wuhan city, which is the capital of Hubei province.

Pastor Gong was transferred because the Chinese authorities were angry about the flow of information about his condition which had emerged from his previous prison since June.