10/06/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – On September 30, Preacher Li Jie and Preacher Han Xiaodong from Linfen Holy Covenant Church in Shanxi province, detained in August for the alleged crime of “fraud,” were formally arrested.
ICC reports earlier that the house church leaders were taken away on Aug. 19 when dozens of church members were enjoying an outdoor family camp. Preacher Li Jie’s wife Li Shanshan, was also detained along with the leaders. She was only released on bail pending trial on September 3, after her lawyer had worked tirelessly to secure her freedom.
Preacher Han Xiaodong’s wife, Chen Ying, received the September 30 notice from Linfen City’s Public Security Bureau stating that Han Xiaodong was arrested at 4 pm for allegedly committing fraud. He is now detained at Yaodu District Detention Center. Chen is left to fend for herself and their three young children.
According to China Aid, Linfen Holy Covenant Church is the sister church of Xuncheng (Zion) Reformed Church in Shanxi’s Taiyuan. Due to the church leaders’ refusal to join the state-vetted Three-Self Church and Preacher Li Jie’s endorsement of ERCC Pastor Wang Yi’s 2018 “A Declaration for the Sake of the Christian Faith,” which calls for religious freedom in China, their church has been targeted in the latest religious crackdown.
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