Chinese American and Two South Korean Missionaries Detained at House Church Meeting
ICC Note: Only small amounts of information have been released at this point but it appears that an American citizen and two South Korean missionaries were detained a few days ago at a meeting of Christian college students in Shandong Province. Their passports have been confiscated as authorities decide how to handle their cases.
02/25/2013 China (ChinaAid) – At about 2 o’clock on the afternoon of February 20, the Missionary Meeting of the West held by a house church in Jimo, Shandong Province, was raided by the local police and departments in charge of religious affairs. It is learned that two missionaries respectively from America and South Korea were detained. Besides, over 90 members of a fellowship of college students and house church missionaries were booked by their IDs and were then dispersed by force.
After the mission meeting of college students in Jimo City, Shandong Province was raided, a Chinese American and two South Korean missionaries remain in detention; their passports have been confiscated. Decisions will be made about them, and they may be deported from China.
In addition to these situations, it is reported that starting from 2012, some agencies of the Chinese government have conducted secret investigations on over 300 missionaries from South Korea. They have now deported or forced out nearly 100 of them. The remaining 200-some missionaries are all planning to withdraw from China soon to dodge the brunt of the crackdown.