03/21/2012 China (ChinaAid) - With the approach of Easter and the one-year mark of the standoff between Shouwang Church and the Chinese government, church members are facing continued harassment and church leaders are appealing for prayer.
Recently, a person identifying himself as Mr. Yang from the Beijing State Security Bureau, working with another person, has harassed a Shouwang church member, brother Shan Lianfeng, three times in quick succession. This Mr. Yang intimidated brother Shan to leave the church and make a clean break with the church. He also relentlessly used scare tactics to pressure brother Shan to product various church name lists and other information. In addition, Mr. Yang also demanded, with no justification, that brother Shan reveal his household income and savings account balances as well as the location of the new home that his former church small group leader had moved to.
Most serious of all, when brother Shan reported all this to a Shouwang elder and his wife, Mr. Yang and his accomplice said brother Shan would be classified as having leaked state secrets, and repeatedly threatened brother Shan with loss of employment, house arrest and police detention.
The Shouwang elder tried repeatedly to call Mr. Yang on his cellphone, which Mr. Yang said was turned on 24/7, wanting to tell this Mr. Yang that if he wanted to get more information about Shouwang Church he could openly seek out the elder since elders know much more about the church’s affairs. But whenever the elder called Mr. Yang’s number, the cellphone was turned off.