Individuals wearing red armbands knocked on doors and told Christians to move. (China Aid and VOMK logo)
Government persecution against the Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Chengdu continues.
On Sunday, Aug. 22, officials arrested 28 people gathered in a home for a worship service. The leaders of the service were beaten, spent two weeks in jail and were fined. On October 17th, the police harassed this same Early Rain home group by arresting their preacher, Dai Zhichao. During his detainment, Brother Dai Zhicao preached the gospel to the officers. The police officers threatened him and told him to move out of Chengdu. He was held for 10 hours before being released. ERCC church members have endured intense persecution since Dec. 2018 when the church was raided and head pastor Wang Yi was arrested and sentenced to nine years in prison. Thank God for the faithfulness of many of the church members: “If God can be for us, who can be against us?” one church member wrote.