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08/21/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – Two heavily targeted house churches in Beijing and Taiyuan are relieved as their members were released this week after detention.

On August 18, Zong Fang Fang from Beijing Zion Church was released after being detained for three days. Pastor Yang Jun, who was also detained on the same day as Zong, was released after a day in detention.

The two were taken away on August 14 during their Sunday worship. More than ten personnel from three different government agencies raided the church’s Mentougou location when Pastor Yang was preaching. They confiscated two computers and took nine adults and two children away.

While most members were released around 9 pm on Sunday, Zong and Pastor Yang were kept in detention until this week.

In Shanxi’s Taiyuan, Yao Congya, the wife of detained Preacher An Yankui, was released on August 19 after serving 15-day administrative detention.

Yao was taken away by the authorities and detained for “illegal gathering (worship at a hotel on April 3)” on August 5 when his husband faced his trial for “illegal border crossing.” The couple from Xuncheng Reformed Church has been oppressed by the authorities for refusing to join the state-approved Three-Self church.

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