China’s church crackdown jails pastor for 12 years

A prominent Chinese pastor of the ‘official’ state-sanctioned church was jailed for 12 years on Friday morning for “gathering crowds to disturb public order” and fraud. World Watch Monitor reported on Pastor Zhang Shaojie, of the Nanle County Church in eastern China, and 23 other members of its congregation, who were . . . Read More

Nanle Church update: 11 released

A number of Christians from Nanle County Church in Henan Province, China, have been released after almost two months in custody, although 13 are still being detained. Twenty-four church members were arrested in mid-November, including five church leaders, after a dispute over a piece of land on which the group . . . Read More

More Christians arrested in Nanle

Several more members of Nanle County Church in Henan Province in China have been arrested, China Aid reports. Those reportedly detained include the youngest daughter of Pastor Zhang Shaojie, who was himself one of the 24 church members arrested last month. Seven of the 24 were reportedly released, but the . . . Read More

Lawyers begin hunger strike

Fifteen lawyers who have been prevented from seeing their clients – a group of 24 Chinese Christians arrested in Henan Province earlier this month – have started a hunger strike outside the Nanle County Public Security Bureau. China Aid reports that of the 24 Christians detained, seven have been released, . . . Read More