Local CCP agents arrest Christians of Guiyang Renai Reformed Church for attending Bible study



Friday, March 19, 2021

Elder Zhang Chunlei and other Christians in front of a missionary’s tomb.
(Picture: ChinaAid source)

(Guiyang, Guizhou Province—March 19, 2021) On March 16, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) personnel from the local religious affairs bureau and public security department arrested more than 10 Christians from Renai Reformed Church for attending a bible study. Of those arrested, two female Christians had traveled from another city to visit the church. CCP officials released one of these females after interrogation at approximately 5 pm, but did not free several other Christians until later that evening. Police also confiscated one arrested Sister’s money.

Guiyang Renai Reformed Church, a small house church with less than 100 members, has steadfastly refused to join the government-sanctioned Three-Self church. Throughout the years, as Renai Reformed Church has accommodated Christians from all over the country, members also significantly supported China’s Christian ministries.

Elder Zhang Chunlei and several other Christians traveled to the police station to negotiate with officers. While Elder Zhan expressed his determination to remain inside the police station until officials released the last detained Christian, other Christians waited outside.

In 2018, Elder Zhang, a primary leader in Renai Reformed Church, signed to show support for the campaign pastor Wang Yi initiated: “A joint statement by pastors: a declaration for the sake of the Christian faith.” Soon afterwards, on December 9, 2018, the CCP executed a massive arrest against Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church members.

During a later trip, when Elder Zhang traveled to Chengdu to visit families of ERCC, while at the home of Ran Yunfei, Chengdu Taisheng Road police forcibly transported him to their station. In another incident, while he visited Elder Li Yingqiang’s wife, Ms. Zhang Xinyue, officials seized Elder Zhang and handed him over to Guiyang National Security agents. These officials then forced Elder Zhang to board a plane. 


Elder Zhang Chunlei and others visiting elder Li Yingqiang’s family in Hubei Province
(Photo: ChinaAid source)

Nanming District Religious Affairs Bureau issued an administrative penalty decision to Guiyang Renai Reformed Church. CCP agents had banned this church on September 30, 2018. The administrative penalty decision to the church claims that Zhang Chunlei and others:
 
  • established a religious venue in the Zhongtian Commerce Building,
  • organized religious events, and
  • received offerings without being approved.

The administrative penalty decision ordered churches and other religious venues to cancel all religious events, and to remove the church’s equipment and signs.

After the church lost their venue, Christians held Sunday services in restaurants and hotels. On May 12th, 2019, as Christians held their Sunday service in a hotel, police raided the church. Approximately 80 CCP agents from the religious affairs bureau, public security department, and others stormed Guiyang Renai Reformed Church. Less than 100 members attend this church.

CCP officials removed the cross from the church, and confiscated Elder Zhang’s computer and other personal possessions. The CCP has raided the church three times within one year, and sealed the church’s door twice. In July 2019, after CCP authorities threatened the landlord, the church again had to move from their newly rented place.

At the time of this report, ChinaAid’s correspondent had not received any news about Elder Zhang, nor any information regarding the other Christians.


~ Report by Yubing, ChinaAid Special Correspondent


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not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, 
as is the manner of some, 
but exhorting one another, 
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