Preacher seized during Zoom event

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

(Wuhan, Hubei—May 27, 2020) Wuhan authorities seized Preacher Luo from Nanjing Road Church on Saturday during a Christian gathering on Zoom.

The day-long event, titled, “Proclaim Jesus Gospel Gathering,” was dedicated to Christian church planting and evangelistic efforts, according to International Christian Concern (ICC). Like many other recent gatherings, it was held virtually.

At around 12 p.m., police arrived at the church, where Luo was preaching, and began searching it. Luo was later taken away and interrogated for four-and-a-half-hours before being released.

During his time with the authorities, Luo told the officials of how Wuhan’s Christians have been serving their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is just one in a series of police interventions in online Christian events. As COVID-19 spread throughout China, many churches began holdingvirtual services. In several cases, including that of Early Rain Covenant Church in Sichuan province, police learned of the services and seized Christians participating in them.

ChinaAid urges the Chinese government to immediately and completely stop persecuting Christians for exercising their right to freedom of belief, as stated in Article 36 of the Chinese Constitution, and permit them to conduct online services during the ongoing pandemic.

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