China pastors, laymembers still jailed since Dec.

By Diana Chandle | Baptist Press

CHENGDU, China (BP) — The pastor and 10 members of a prominent church in China remain jailed three months after the government invaded their worship and arrested 100 of them because of their Christianity, the church said March 20 on Facebook.

Pastor Wang Yi, his wife Jiang Rong and nine other members of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu — also translated as Autumn Rain Covenant Church — were still jailed after their arrest in December 2018, the church said, listing names of those arrested. Two members were missing, and those released from jail are being pressured by their landlords to find new housing, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) said in a press release today (March 21).

China is reportedly harassing Christians, Uyghur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and others amid increased international pressure to uphold religious freedom in the Communist country where worship of President Xi Jinping is mandated.