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05/19/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – On the night of the 12th anniversary of the May 12th Sichuan earthquake, a member from Sichuan’s heavily targeted church – Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) – has been taken away by the police.

A few police officers from the Caojiaxiang police station and state security personnel from Cheng Xiangxi’s hometown Pingchang came to his house to arrest him. He allegedly criticized the government on WeChat platform. Cheng’s father informed ERCC that his son has been detained at Tongjiang detention center since May 14. His administrative detention will expire on May 29.

An ERCC member told ICC that this is the first time for Cheng to be kept in detention. The church said that Cheng is passionate about social justice and has called for the government officials to repent and hear the Gospel.

In February, after the death of whistle-blower Li Wenliang, a young doctor in Wuhan who tried to alert his colleague about the novel Coronavirus, an online petition calling for the national legislature to protect citizens’ right to freedom of speech and punishment for those who sought to silence him began circulating in China. Cheng was one of the signatories.

In his comment next to his signatory, he wrote, “May the authorities stay within their jurisdiction. May CCP kneel before God and repent. The[ir] authority is given by God, which is to govern this land only to certain extent, not to silence the mouths of those who do good. May God have mercy.”

On May 17, ERCC sent out prayer request for brother Cheng as he endures detention and his family members who have yet to know Christ.

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