For the past five years, Elder Li Yingqiang has been repeatedly subjected to questioning and detention since the Chinese Communist Party began targeting the Early Rain Covenant Church.
In the most recent incident, Elder Li was taken by Deyang police officers for interrogation on 15 December. They questioned him about a pre-recorded message that was played on 9 December as part of an online event commemorating the fifth anniversary of the government’s crackdown on the church.
After being summoned again on 19 December, the church elder was detained for another eight hours for further questioning. In addition to warning him against participating in any future online church activities, the authorities confiscated his computer.
In a public letter issued that day, Elder Li expressed his concern over the various challenges being experienced by members of the Early Rain Covenant Church and requested that followers of Jesus please continue to pray for them.