05/29/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone House Church in Guiyang, Guizhou province, planned to visit fellow Christians in Quindao, Shandong, on May 24. Authorities learned of this plan because, on May 23, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) police attacked Pastor Hua, brutally beating him and leaving him critically wounded.
The perpetrator of the attack was in plain clothes but claimed to represent the district level Committee of Political and Legal Affairs. Three other local officials looked on as the attack took place.
Following the attack, authorities sent Pastor Hua to the hospital in an ambulance, where doctors treated the wounds on his ear and neck and tinnitus symptoms. The episode also triggered a flare-up of pancreatitis, a preexisting condition. Pastor Hua will continue to undergo medical checks over the next few weeks.
Pastor Hua was previously arrested in a crackdown on Living Stone Church’s leaders and members. He was released in June of 2019 after serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence.