Police Bars Pastor From attending Church Conference
Chinese authorities yesterday barred a pastor from traveling to Hong Kong to attend a Christian training conference, echoing a growing trend that keeps church leaders from participating in overseas religious meetings.
At 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 12, Wang Yi, a pastor of Autumn Rain Blessing Church, and Jiang Rong, a pastor’s wife, set out from Chengdu, Sichuan, to attend the Three-Fold Vision Training Conference, a Christian training session in Hong Kong.
Police followed them, and, at 7:00 a.m., numerous government personnel intercepted Wang at customs. Agents from a governmental sub-bureau took him to the Police Station, where he was detained for one hour and returned home.
During his time in custody, he asked the officials to provide a document explaining their decision to disallow him from attending the conference. They replied that they didn’t have anything in writing, since this command came from top-level officials. They also could not tell him how long his ban on traveling to Hong Kong would persist.
The pastor’s wife,Jiang however, has already arrived in Hong Kong for the event which is takes place this week. Wang submitted a letter dated Sept. 12 to be read at the conference.