07/06/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – Late at night on December 9, 2018, officials from the Chinese Communist Party raided Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), seizing and interrogating hundreds of Christians who attended there. After the crackdown, ERCC members began to be targeted and harassed by the local authorities. Ren Ruiting, her husband, her parents, and her two young brothers, are among them.
Police harassed Ms. Ren’s family for seven months. They were continuously monitored and frequently interrogated. The Chinese government also threatened to strip them of custody of Ms. Ren’s newly adopted five-year-old brother, Jiawan, even after her parents had legally obtained an adoption certificate.
To escape the tracking and protect Jiawan, Ms. Ren’s family fled to Taiwan in 2019, where they lived for two years. The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan arranged for Ms. Ren’s two brothers to study in elementary schools. In Taiwan, Jiawan was able to obtain medical treatment for the fibroma on his arm, which required many rounds of chemotherapy.
With the help of US-based nonprofit ChinaAid and the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights, the family was able to obtain political asylum in the United States. They left Taiwan on June 28. They flew to San Francisco and were greeted by the president of ChinaAid, Rev. Bob Fu. Eventually, the family plans to settle in Orlando, FL.
Even though they have now made it to safety in the free world, Ms. Ren and her family did not forget the other Christians arrested in the raid who have not yet been freed. Upon their arrival at the airport, the family held up signs that read “Free Wang-Yi.” The lead pastor of ERCC Pastor Wang Yi, was arrested on December 14, 2018, and sentenced to nine years in prison for trumped-up charges.
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