|Shortly before their arrest, Chu Xiaodong,|
at left,and his wife Yu Xingmei, at right,
sitting at the far end of the park bench,
celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary
by worshiping Jesus
They were promptly arrested as the Chinese government’s campaign against the 1,000-member Shouwang Church entered week 13.
Sunday night, the couple were the last two remaining detainees who had not been released by the end of the day, according to ChinaAid, an US-based advocacy group.
On Shouwang’s Google Buzz social media page, church members kept a running tally throughout the day of who was in police custody and who had been released. When church member Fu Jing was released about 6:30 p.m., one church member wrote, “Fu Jing is out! Praise the Lord! She said that when she was inside and was experiencing a moment of weakness, from outside came the sounds of brothers and sisters singing hymns. Thank you to those brothers and sisters who were there waiting for her!”
|A Shouwang service during happier times|
|Pastors Song and Jin|
|Shouwang arrests in April|
|Pastor Jin preaching outdoors|
during a snow storm on November 1
|Singing for Fu Ching, four members of the Shouwang|
sang hymnsin a park across from the police station
-- hoping Fu Ching could hear them.
She reported that she did and that it gave her strength
during her 12 hours of interrogation
|The Shouwang Church in happier times|
|A Shouwang service before the trouble started|