WENZHOU, Zhejiang (China Aid) — National security agents in China’s coastal Zhejiang confronted a local pastor for supporting Christians in Henan province, who are undergoing intense persecution.
Faced with the continual deterioration of Henan churches’ freedoms, Pastor Yan Xiaojie of Shangjiang Church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, decided to sign a statement decrying the persecution. So far, the statement has more than 345 signatures.
On Sept. 19, Yan posted an “urgent prayer request” online, stating that personnel from three different government offices stopped by his home the previous day to speak with him. He said, “I was not home, so they threatened my mom and wife, telling them that they must see me and investigate two things: one is that I signed the petition, and the other that I will travel abroad in October. I am communicating with them now. May the Lord Jesus be with me. I hope [Christian] brothers and sisters will pray hard for me.”