American Detained During Raid on House Church in Liaoning Province

Friday, May 27, 2011

China Aid Association
(Qianbai village, Liaoning province – May 27, 2011) An American missionary was among as many as 20 people who were detained when local authorities raided a house church meeting in rural Liaoning province, according to ChinaAid sources.
The raid by more than 20 Yingkou city police and the local Religious Affairs Bureau took place May 18 at 11 a.m. at a meeting of a house church in Qianbai village, in the Nanlou Development Zone of Dashiqiao city in northwest China’s Liaoning province.
At the time, about 20 Christians were listening to a Bible lecture by an American missionary.
In addition to detaining the American and an unspecified number of the attendees, the authorities also confiscated 10 sets of teaching materials, two laptops and a projector, for which they did fill out an inventory list of confiscated items and also showed their work IDs. One of those who conducted the raid was a police chief.
A church representative was allowed to write a “statement of repentance” admitting to holding an “illegal” meeting.
All the detainees were later released and a portion of the confiscated items have been returned.
ChinaAid condemns the Yingkou authorities for their illegal raid on the house church, and reminds China’s house churches and Christians to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves, as well as strong and courageous, in the midst of a nationwide persecution campaign. No matter when or where, they should spread the Gospel and save more souls

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