Officers of the Chinese Public Security Bureau (PSB) raided a house church meeting in Xiao Shan City, Zhejiang Province, very early on July 13, breaking up a prayer and devotional meeting, assaulting Christians and arresting at least three church leaders. The raid came at 4 a.m. on a Sunday morning, when Christians were meeting for prayer.
One of those arrested was Shao Cheng Shen, who helped to found the church more than 25 years ago. Shen is more than 80 years old. The other men arrested were Wei Min Xu and Chong Dao Gao, both leaders in the congregation, which is located several hours from Shanghai. Police did not offer any arrest warrants or documentation for their actions.
The three men are being held at an unknown location, and their families had not been told their whereabouts or allowed to see them.
Another Christian, Brother Huiliang Wong, 45, was on the PSB’s “most-wanted list” but escaped out a window of the church during the raid. During the recent SARS scare, Wong wrote a gospel tract citing the fear of SARS and urging people to follow Christ. He remains in hiding.
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