40 House Church Leaders Detained in China

chinese_bible.jpgBosNewsLife is reporting that about 40 leaders of one of the largest house church groups in China have been arrested.

US-based China Aid Association (CAA), which has close contacts with the Christians, told BosNewsLife that officials of the ‘China Gospel Fellowship’ (CGF) house church group were detained by Chinese security forces in Henan province on November 18 during a Bible study meeting in Peichang village in the area of Fanhu town.

It said officials of the local Public Security Bureau, one of China’s main law enforcement agencies, detained the church leaders. While 21 have since been released 19 others remained behind bars Wednesday, November 28, CAA added.

LIVING EXPENSES

“Family members of the 19 detainees were notified by police to send blankets and 360 yuan ($50) for 15 days living expenses,” CAA said. Among those detained is CGF founder Pastor Shen Yiping, the group added.

CAA said it also established that another pastor, identified as Liu Huiwen, was sentenced to 18 months of prison by Gansu Dongxiang Nationality Autonomous County People’s Court last month for distributing Christian materials among Muslims.

“Liu was detained on April 28, [this year] after distributing flyers at a funeral and was arrested on May 31. The bill of indictment from Dongxiang County Procuratorate charges that defendant Liu Huiwen committed the crime of publishing a discriminating work and insulting people of ethnic minorities when he distributed a flyer called ‘A Letter to Our Muslim Friends’,” CAA said.

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