China: Early Rain Church leader sentenced to four years in prison over Gospel tracts

By The Christian Post

Early Rain Covenant Church elder Qin Defu was sentenced to four years in prison for "illegal business operations," relating to 20,000 Christian books the church used | Facebook/Pray for Early Rain Covenant Church

An elder with Early Rain Covenant Church in China has been charged with "illegal business operations" for having books for the church and sentenced to four years in prison.

According to persecution watchdog ChinaAid, Qin Defu was sentenced to prison due to his involvement with 20,000 Christian books used by the 5,000-member church.

The four-year prison sentence handed down November 29 was a “contradiction to a promise given” to Defu’s family, in which authorities guaranteed if the church leader accepted a state-appointed attorney, he would be released.

Source:The Christian Post