A church in China has been experiencing extreme harassment from the Chinese government for the past six months. The pastor is still missing after being arrested in early December.
About 150 members of Early Rain Covenant Church were taken into police custody in early December – among them were the church's pastor, Wang Yi, and his wife, Jiang Rong. Brynne Lawrence with ChinaAid explains that some of the members have been released since then but there's been an ongoing stream of persecution as the pastor is missing and other members remain in custody.
Lawrence reports that the church recently received some good news last week as the pastor's wife was released on bail. "That doesn't necessarily mean that the legal troubles are over for her," she explains. "That just means that she has been freed for this period of time" and could be re-arrested at any time.
Jiang Rong reportedly has been reunited with her son, Wang Shuya, who was placed in his grandparents' home when his mother and father were arrested.
"Just be praying for him as he goes through that transition of first living with his parents and then his grandparents, not knowing where his parents are, to living back with her," Lawrence urges. "And of course, her husband is still missing, so it's very difficult for her as well."
Earlier this month, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, publicly demanded that the Chinese government release Wang and Jiang. Lawrence says ChinaAid is grateful to Brownback his "relentless support" of the couple.