Early Rain Covenant Church elder freed after eight months

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Li Yingqiang (second from left) with his wife and
children. (Photo: ChinaAid)

(Chengdu, Sichuan—Aug. 20, 2019) An elder from Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan, who was arbitrarily imprisoned in December, reunited with his family yesterday after being freed on bail.

The elder, Li Yingqiang, was taken as part of a crackdown on the church that left more than 150 people in custody during the span of one week. During his time in prison, he was not allowed contact with his family.

He does not yet have freedom of movement since he is forced to report regularly to the local police station. His case is still pending trial.

ChinaAid rejoices with the news that Li has been permitted to return home and urges Chinese officials to similarly release all other Early Rain Covenant Church members who are still in custody, including Pastor Wang Yi, who has been missing since the crackdown.

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