News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Pastor-Wang-Yi-s-and-wife-Jiang-Rong-main_article_image.jpg
Facebook/ Pray for Early Rain Covenant Church
World News

Pastor's wife released after 6 months in Chinese jail

by Eno Adeogun

Jiang Rong, her husband Pastor Wang Yi and members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Sichuan were arrested on 9th December 2018 after being accused of inciting subversion.

Rong spent six months in prison before being reunited with her son.

 

Christian Solidarity Worldwide's (CSW) China researcher told Premier it couldn't guarantee Rong wasn't mistreated in prison.

"Because of the nature of the kind of detention she was placed in, we don't know a lot about what condition she was in, about whether she was mistreated - although mistreatment is quite common in the type of detention she was placed in," she explained.

According to a Facebook page 'Pray for Early Rain Covenant Church', there are five members of the church - including the pastor - still in detention.

Between 20th and 31st December, authorities closed churches and confiscated materials from unregistered church groups in Anhui, Inner Mongolia and elsewhere in Sichuan, and prevented or interrupted Christmas celebrations in many places across the country.

 

CSW's Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said: "While we welcome the news that Jiang Rong has been released on bail and reunited with her son, we strongly condemn her six month long detention and the charges against her, which are completely unfounded.

"For half a year, Jiang has been arbitrarily deprived of her liberty and kept apart from her son.

"We call on the Chinese authorities to drop all charges against Jiang, to release immediately and without condition all Early Rain Church members still in detention, and to cease all forms of harassment against the church."

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £5 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £5 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate