More information has surfaced regarding the lockup of 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, in December.
49-year-old Liao Qiang, his 23-year-old daughter, and four other family members escaped to Taiwan last week, where they were interviewed at a Presbyterian church service in Tapei about the conditions that led to and followed their initial arrests on December 9 and 10.
‚ÄúI knew it was no longer safe for us [in China], and that my children were most in danger,‚ÄĚ Liao told The Associated Press, saying his daughter had had to notify Chinese officials of her location through social media whenever she left the house in the months following their arrest, while he himself was asked to sign a confession renouncing his faith and involvement in the church.
‚ÄúIf our elders decided to break up the church, then I can accept it. But it‚Äôs not up to [the government] to say it‚Äôs evil ...