Chinese Pastor, Wife and Son Detained After Contacting U.S. Officials

China II-compressedWENZHOU, Zhejiang (China Aid) Authorities in China’s coastal Zhejiang province incarcerated a pastor, his wife and son on Tuesday for contacting U.S. Consulate officials in Shanghai and foreign journalists.

Wen Xiaowu, a pastor, and his wife, both of whom provided legal defense counsel for churches affected by an ongoing cross demolition campaign, were criminally detained on April 26 and charged with “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.” His son, Wen “Eden” Yidian was taken into police custody on the same day for “obstructing public service.”

Family members, however, believe that the detentions are in response to the couple’s meetings with officials from the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai and a number of foreign journalists, during which they released developments on the cross demolitions. Zhang Kai, a prominent human rights lawyer, experienced a similarly sudden detention in August 2015 just a few days before he was scheduled to meet with U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, David Saperstein.

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  • Peter Leh

    freedom of speech is everyone’s business.

    • gogo0

      very true

  • scotty5O1

    I’ve been so impressed with the Chinese Christians I’ve known, they take their faith seriously, no “Sunday Christians” among them.

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    US n European Christians hv yet to experience what religious persecution by tyrant govts is really like, but it will be coming soon to them as well, likely via the cross of the “mark of the beast”. (cptr chip implants? – REV.13:11-18)