A house church in Gushi County, Henan is suppressed; a Christian coworker is beaten and injured
This story details yet another raid on an “illegal” Chinese house church by police and religious officials as well as the subsequent beating of Brother Yi, one of the churches workers. Brother Yi was beaten for two hours during an interrogation by police and sustained injuries to his neck and mid-section. Please continue to pray for Chinese believers as they face ever increasing persecution in the run up to the Communist Parties leadership change in November.
09/18/2012 China (China Aid Association)- ChinaAid has learned that last month, August 2012, government authorities raided a Sunday service in a house church in Gushi County, Henan Province, during which a church worker was brutally beaten by the police and seriously injured. The police also interrogated a female Christian and confiscated her cell phone.
On August 26, 2012, more than 30 Christian of a house church in Fangji Town, Gushi County in Henan Province, held their usual Sunday service. At about 10 am several dozen people from Gushi County Bureau of Religion, TSPM churches, the County DSPS (Domestic Security Protection Squad), and the Township Police Station broke into the site of the Sunday service and declared that the gathering was illegal. They ordered the people to disperse immediately and warned them not to gather illegally in the future. Some Christians argued with them questioning the trampling of their freedom of belief. An official from the Bureau of Religion said they could go to a TSPM church. These believers told the official that they were originally from a TSPM church, but they found the pastor there seriously distorted the principle teachings of the Bible, and was leading those attending astray, and that because of this they left the TSPM church. The official from the Bureau of Religion and the DSPS officers said they must register; that otherwise they would be declared a cult and be banned. The believers argued with them in legal terms and the government officials had nothing to say in reply, but threatened: You will see how we are going to punish you!
Two days later, Brother Yi who has a background of formal theological training and who has served in this house church was taken by force twice to the Township Police Station where he was told to tell them every aspect of this house church. They also demanded he promise that he would not participate in the activities of this church in the future. Brother Yi refused and was brutally beaten by them for nearly two hours, suffering serious injuries to his neck and throughout his midsection. Since returning home, he has rested for two weeks but has not recovered from the injuries sustained in the beating. Sister Wu, another member of the church, was taken to the police station and was interrogated for several hours, during which she was repeatedly threatened. The authorities have not returned the cell phone they confiscated from her; because of this, Sister Wu went to the Supervision Brigade of the County Public Security Bureau, seeking relief, but they refused to accept her case.