(International Christian Concern) – On Feb. 20, Pastor Juncai Li of Yuanyang Country house church and his coworkers, Raoyun Wu and Yanfang Ma, were detained after being accused of disrupting public service. A week later, Yun Ban was detained for the same reason. Yanfang Ma was released on bail on Feb. 28 because she is pregnant.
These Christians are the first church leaders to be criminally detained in the central Chinese province of Henan since the local government intensified the crackdown on Christianity last year. Only three pastors were affected by administrative detention during 2018.
Pastor Juncai Li’s church has approximately 70 chapels across the county. His church broke away from the local Three-Self Patriotic Church in 2013 and became an independent church. Pastor Li graduated from Henan Theological Seminary and was ordained in Hong Kong. His family members also serve at the same church. The three other coworkers are from the Wangxingnan Village campus.