Christian detained after trying to join Early Rain

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Long Kehai and his daughter during their birthday party
(Photo: ChinaAid source)

(Chengdu, China—June 29, 2022) Early Rain Covenant Church disclosed that Long Kehai, a Christian, moved from Gansu province to Chengdu to become a member of Early Rain Covenant Church. National security officers transported him back home before he could finish moving. Nobody could contact Long for three days, until a Christian of Early Rain called a national security officer. They confirmed that Long Kehai has been administratively detained.


Long Kehai disclosed the matter on Facebook on June 25, posting:


“Goodbye, friends. I will be taken away by national security officers from my new house in Sichuan to Longnan, Gansu province. What awaits me? Everyone knows!


Long Kehai moved to Chengdu to seek authentic faith, hoping to become a member of Early Rain. On June 12, Early Rain Covenant Church’s community group held a party to celebrate his and a little girl’s birthday. Long Kehai said “A day filled with joy. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Thank the Lord! Shout out to sisters of the church who love each other in Christ. So joyful and happy!”


On the same day, however, Long Kehai received a different kind of birthday present from Gansu national security officers—two administrative penalty decisions, two 10-day detentions in a row. One of the Administrative Penalty Decision claims that they found out that Long Kehai received, watched, and commented on violent, terrorist videos in early May. They claimed he used the WeChat account registered via his own cell phone number.


Long's first administrative penalty decision
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The other Administrative Penalty Decision claims that Long Kehai spread rumors and other fake news multiple times using the WeChat account registered with his cell phone number since May, which constitutes “fabricating facts and disturbing the social order.”


National Security officers told Long Kehai that the enforcement of two penalties would be postponed due to the pandemic. Also, they told him explicitly, “We won’t take you out of Chengdu right now, but we will see how it goes. You should be cautious about what you say and do, and there shouldn’t be any speech against the Party and government online before the 20th CPC National Congress. Otherwise, you will be penalized and accountable for your conduct, the past and present, and it will become a criminal case.”


Long Kehai asked people on Facebook, “Sisters and friends, what should I do while the CCP police blatantly violates the Constitution, breaks the bottom line of laws and morality, and harms citizens’ human rights?”


Long's second administrative penalty
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Long Kehai was born in Jianyang, Sichuan. He worked at China Railway Xi'an Bureau Group Co., Ltd Hanzhong construction section before being imprisoned. He resided in Baoji City, Shaanxi. On March 4, 2019, Long Kehai was arrested by Shaanxi Province Baoji Municipal National Security Department. Authorities suspected him of “picking a quarrels and provoking trouble.” He was officially arrested after being held under designated residential surveillance till May 15 and transported to Shaanxi Province Baoji City Weibin District Detention Center.


According to Long Kehai’s recount, 12 police officers and auxiliary officers watched him every day during the designated residential surveillance. In addition, they gave grueling trial to him, he was fastened to a torture device for 7 days and 6 nights and wasn’t removed off the device until he passed out. Long Kehai went through multiple tortures before being transferred to the detention center. Long Kehai still faced various harassments after being released on September 20, 2020. Local national security agents force him out of Baoji City. He had no choice but to move to Longnan city, Gansu province, and authorities continued to harass and monitor him. They ended up closing his bank accounts and monitoring his wife and children as well. 


While living in Gansu province, he was given several detentions and ran into constant trouble from authorities. Gansu officials have not stopped pursuing him Early Rain Covenant Church lifted up Long Kehai in prayer during their June 26 open prayer:


“Long is passionate about justice and testifies the gospel with joy, he has suffered a lot for the sake of justice, it is not unusual for him to be persecuted, expelled, and detained. May the Lord keep him steadfast, protect him from the illegal treatment, and strengthen his faith.”


~Yu Bing, ChinaAid Association Contributing Reporter



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