Early Rain Church members arrested in homes during online Easter church service over Zoom

by Jordyn Pair · Apr 14th, 2020 7:28 am

Last Updated Apr 14th, 2020 at 9:29 am

Members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in China were taken away from the their homes and their electricity cut off on Easter Sunday after government officials learned they were joining a Zoom call for an online worship session, according to International Christian Concern.

The Sichuan congregation has not been able to meet in person since the government tightened watch over the church in December 2018, arresting its pastor and other leaders.

Six leaders were taken from their homes on April 12 by the Public Security Bureau.

"At that time I was also in the Zoom call, but there was a long period of time where I did not hear a thing. I thought it's the network connection issue at first, but I soon heard a quarrel erupted. Our coworker Wang Jun was questioning some people, [saying], ‘Who are you to do this [to us]?'" one member told the ICC.

She said that leaders Guo Haigang, Wu Wuqing, Jia Xuewei, Zhang Jianqing, and Zhang Xudong were also taken away, in addition to Wang.

Another supporter of the ERCC also recounted the incident on Twitter.

"Since 8:30 a.m., some security officials have entered these Christian families' homes and pretended to be chatting with them casually. At 9:30 a.m., the worship began, and they were also invited to participate. Once they realized that the sermon was from ERCC's imprisoned pastor Wang Yi, they immediately shut it down," the supporter tweeted.

The six leaders detained by police have since been released and their electricity restored.


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