Date: December 15, 2018
The police started the massive crackdown on Early Rain Covenant Church on Dec. 9.
Around 100 people were taken away. Although some of them have been released, many are still under surveillance. More than 50 students from the seminary and humanities college have been detained at the Legal Learning Center in Xinjin County and will be deported to their hometowns. Pastors, elders, and deacons were seized, the four dorms of the College were broken into, and all students living there were forcibly taken away without any legal papers and or excuses.
The newsletter said that police broke into two male dorms belonging to the humanities college l at 8:30 p.m., and all male students were unlawfully taken away. In the meantime, the female was broken into, and all girls were taken away at two different times.
Another dormitory was pried open by the police at 10 p.m., and the occupants were taken to the police station. The youngest student detained is just 16 years old. At this point, 36 students from the college have been arrested and were transferred to a center located in Xinjin County at midnight, after police collected their fingerprints.
Xiao Yue and Zhou Xiaojuan, two Christian women, were forced to return to their hometowns. So far, more than 50 Christians are still detained at the center in Xinjin County and will be sent to their hometowns.
According to some congregants, the students selected representatives to negotiate with the police after they had been detained for 48 hours, asking to be allowed to read the Bible and hold public worship. They also decided to fast. The officials consented, and the students have been gathering to worship and read the Bible in the mornings and afternoons in the place where they are being held.
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