Chinese pastor on the run

( [email protected] ) Mar 04, 2004 02:54 PM EST

A Chinese house church leader is on the run from Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers after his church was raided February 9.

Chu Wei, 40, leads a group of over 50 house churches in China. He and his wife, Yin Yan-ling, 37, were among twelve people arrested when PSB officers raided their church in Huaibei City, Anhui Province. The twelve were held all day and interrogated by police, and were not allowed food or water, or even to use the toilet. Then officers asked the Christians to sign a form renouncing their faith and their attendance at "evil cult" gatherings. Some signed the documents. All twelve people were released later that day.

PSB officers raiding the church did not present search warrants or any documentation to arrest the Christians.

The next day, Feburary 10, Yin was again taken to the police station for questioning. She was ordered by officers not to talk about God, even in the family's home. She also heard police say that her husband would be sent to a camp for so-called "re-education through labor."

When police allowed Yin to leave, she immediately warned her husband, and the two of them went into hiding at an undisclosed location. Their two oldest children, a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, remained in the family home, and reported that PSB officers came every night at midnight to question them and ask where their parents are. Chu and Yin's youngest child, age 11, is staying with relatives.

The Voice of the Martyrs reported that this week Yin had returned home to her children, but Chu remains in hiding from police.

[Source: The Voice of Martyrs]