Prominent house-church pastor imprisoned for using Christian books


Pastor at Early Rain Covenant Church, Qin Defu, was charged with “illegal business operations.”

According to Christian religious freedom charity China Aid, Pastor Defu learned at his trial on 25th November that he was being sentenced because of 20,000 Christian books the church used.


Pastor Defu’s imprisonment comes after authorities promised his family that he would be released if he accepted a state-appointed attorney, which he did.

China Aid

Pastor Qin Defu (holding baby) and his family

Pastor Defu’s attorney said the church’s head pastor, Wang Yi, admitted in a testimony that he was involved with these books.

Early Rain Covenent Church/YouTube


Pastor Yi is also imprisoned. According to China Aid, the lawyer has speculated he would receive no less than a 10-year sentence.

Authorities seized around 100 members of Early Rain Covenant Church during the night last December.

Most of them have since been released.

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