Date: June 18, 2019
Jiang Rong, the wife of pastor Wang Yi, was released from detention in China on 10 June, after six months in jail.
Her husband remains in “secret detention” on charges of “inciting to subvert state power”, according to the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Four other members of the church remain in detention.
The church said in a Facebook post on 11 June that Jiang Rong had been released on bail under surveillance to live at her brother’s house and was reunited with her young son, Shuya.
Jiang and her husband were arrested on 9 December 2018 along with about 100 other Early Rain Church members.
Chinese authorities continued their crackdown on the church on 24 February 2019, making 44 arrests including ten children and a two-month old baby. On the same day, Pastor Wang Yi’s elderly mother, Chen Yaxue, was savagely beaten by a police officer. Local reports said one officer grabbed her hair and kicked her, while another held her down, after she refused to reveal her PIN number to him at an ATM.
Barnabas Fund has launched a global initiative to pray for Pastor Wang Yi through it's webpage: Christian Prisoners of Conscience.
Please join us in prayer: Praise the Lord for the release of Jiang Rong, detained for six long months on discriminatory and unwarranted charges in China. Pray for the safety and release of her husband, Pastor Wang Yi, and the four other Early Rain members still detained by the authorities, that they too may be reunited with their loved ones.