(China Aid) — Within 24 hours, officials in China’s central Henan province interrogated members of Autumn Rain Blessing Church on April 9.
The trouble began at 10 a.m., when Jiang Rong, the wife of the church’s pastor, Wang Yi, was at a church leader’s home. The authorities showed up to inquire about their Sunday services and required that Jiang show her ID, but she insisted that they should first display their identifications. They refused, resulting in a stalemate. Jiang called the police, and both sides made a truce.
However, Wang said that officials from the neighborhood committee and the local police station interrogated a full-time church employee about the church’s short-term mission trips at 11 a.m. on the same day.
At 2 p.m. the neighborhood committee, the police station, and ethnic and religious affairs bureau summoned another church member and inquired about Sichuan University students conducting missionary activities on the campus. Later that evening, Ding Shuqi, another Autumn Rain Blessing Church attendee organized a group of Christians to evangelize at the school’s gate. University staff called the police, and the Christians were brought to the Wangjiang Street Police Station.