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Elder Wu Jiannan, Pastor Hao Mingchang, coworkers - Photo: ChinaAid
Elder Wu Jiannan, Pastor Hao Mingchang, and their coworkers.
Photo: ChinaAid

The Early Rain Qingcaodi Church, a church plant previously established by the Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), is located in the city of Deyang, which is part of the Chinese province of Sichuan. Shortly after the police initially raided the ERCC in December 2018 (for more details on this incident, see this report), they also broke into the Qingcaodi church, expelling the Christians and posting a notice on the gate of the building in their efforts to ban the believers from meeting. In March 2021, the Sichuan Provincial Department of Civil Affairs published a list of illegal organizations, including both the ERCC and the Qingcaodi church.

During a more recent raid, which took place on November 17th, the police arrested several Christian leaders from the Qingcaodi church. Elder Wu Jiannan and his wife were detained, but then released that evening. At last report, retired pastor Hao Mingchang and his wife, Yang Yufeng, remained in detention, along with Liu Wuyi, Liu Yongbo and Lan Enguang.

Please remember to pray for the arrested church members who are still in custody. May each of them be mindful of God's continued presence with them through the ministry of His Holy Spirit. Also pray for the ongoing ministries of the ERCC and the Qingcaodi church, along with many other Christian groups in China, as they all seek to remain faithful to Him in the face of increasing opposition.