Chinese pastor, 5 women arrested in Bible study raid


A raid on a house church in China just before the New Year led to the detention of a preacher and five believers in a Bible study.

A report details that nearly 40 Taiyuan officials led the raid on An Yankui, the preacher of the Xuncheng church, reports The Christian Post.

Members attending the Bible study were restricted, and their altar robes and books were confiscated. The preacher and five women were then arrested.

Authorities did not detain An’s wife.

The house, located in the capital of Shanxi province, was raided on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. It was the second search carried out against the preacher’s house in less than two months, according to International Christian Concern (ICC).

The five women detained were released by the authorities around midnight on December 31. An, however, remains in administrative detention, where he will remain for a total of 15 days prior to his release.

An’s Xuncheng Church was planted by the Early Rain Covenant Church (EERC), known for its fight against persecution by the Chinese government.

It is believed that Xuncheng’s targeting could be attributed to his connection to the EERC.

Gina Goh, ICC regional director for Southeast Asia, said it was no surprise that house churches were seen as enemies of the state and “suppressed.”

Over 60 million Christians live in China. At least half of the worship takes place in unregistered underground churches, which are illegal in China.

Open Doors USA’s Global Watch List ranks China among the top 50 countries in the world for the extreme persecution of Christians.


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