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Friday, December 21, 2012

China Aid Association

(Shenzhen--Dec. 21, 2012) A well-known preacher was detained for the second time this month, along with eight other house church Christians, when they were evangelizing in a park in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, and the preacher is now being held for 13 days under administrative detention.

Cao Nan, from the Shenzhen house church, was evangelizing and witnessing for Christ in Lychee Park on Dec. 15 when he was taken into custody by a police officer and his assistant on the grounds of engaging in Qigong activities.

Later, more than 20 police officers arrived in two sweeps and hauled seven other Christians to the police station.  At the police station, all eight of them cooperated with the police through the booking process.  They were not released until 11 p.m.  However, Cao was transferred to the city's detention center, where he will be held for 13 days of administrative detention for engaging in Qigong activities.  He is due for release on Dec. 28.

This is the second time this month that Cao has been detained for evangelizing.  See our report of his Dec. 8 detention:

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." - Matthew 5:10-12

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