JIANGMEN, Guangdong (China Aid) — A house church Christian in China’s southern Guangdong province has been blacklisted out of employment after being arrested for his faith.
Ruan Haoan, a member of Fengle Church in the city of Jiangmen, discovered that after his release from a month-long detention last year, employers in the area have been warned not to hire him. Though he serves as a receptionist for the church, before his detention he was a hotel chef. But now, none will give him a job.
Both he and a pastor of the church, Li Wanhua, were accused of “using an evil cult to undermine law enforcement” and detained in June 2017. Police tried to coerce Ruan into signing an admission of engaging in “cult activities” but Ruan refused and was sent to criminal detention. Both were released about a month later on bail.