Chinese Pastor Detained for Traveling to Christian Conference

CHENGDU, Sichuan (China Aid) — Chinese authorities barred a pastor from traveling to Hong Kong to attend a Christian training conference today, echoing a growing trend that keeps church leaders from participating in overseas religious meetings.

At 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 12, Wang Yi, a pastor of Autumn Rain Blessing Church, and Jiang Rong, a pastor’s wife, set out from Chengdu, Sichuan, to attend the Three-Fold Vision Training Conference, a Christian training session in Hong Kong.

Police followed them, and, at 7:00 a.m., numerous government personnel intercepted Wang at customs. Agents from a governmental sub-bureau in Qingyang District took him to the Dongpo Police Station, where he was detained for one hour and returned home.

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