Sichuan Church Members Continuously Persecuted as Anniversary of Crackdown Approaches

11/29/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – As December 9, the date where the local authorities cracked down on Sichuan’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) last year approaches, members of ERCC continue to face harassment and hardships.

For Pei Wenju and his wife Jing Jianan, it was already heart wrenching when the authorities forcibly took their four adopted children away from them and sent the kids with special needs to different families, not long after the 1209 crackdown. Yet the persecution did not stop there. They were forced to move out from their rented residence of eight years last January.

Ten months later, on November 25, their current landlord knocked on their door, and a police officer from Taishen Road police station demanded them to move out within two days. If they dare to go downstairs, they would be beaten up every time they spot an officer. Their daughter was frightened and traumatized.

As they stood their ground, the police now turn to their landlord. If he does not kick out the Pei family, his retirement compensation could be taken away from him.

Another member with the surname Tang, also experienced similar threats and harassment. His landlord forcibly changed the lock of their rented apartment and asked them to move out as soon as possible in November, while local police pushed them to move back to their hometown in Anhui, in the name of “maintaining stability.”

In this holiday season, please take time to pray for the persecuted ERCC Christians, who are unable to see their loved ones or have no secure places to stay without harassment, thanks to local authorities’ oppression.

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