Ethan Cole of the Christian Post writes:
The chairman of the Federation House Church and his wife were recently forced to live on the streets following repeated harassment and intimidation by government authorities, reported a Chinese persecution watchdog group.
Pastor Bike Zhang and his wife Xie Fenglan were first forced from their home by Beijing public security bureau officials on July 6, reports China Aid Association. They found shelter at a friend’s house, but were again forced from this home when officials found out where they were living. They then moved into a hotel, but Public Security Bureau officials ordered the owner of the hotel to either evict the couple or face jail time.
Out of concern for the hotel owner, the Christian couple decided to voluntarily leave for another town but on their way to find new shelter, PSB officials allegedly arrested the couple and took them to the town government office where they were interrogated without food, drink or rest.
. . . Now, both Zhang and his wife live on the streets and are unable to find shelter.
Officials say that the couple are being expelled from Beijing because “Bike Zhang met the Americans, and destroyed the harmony of the Beijing Olympic Games”, according to CAA, referring to his recent meeting with a US Congressional delegation.
“This egregious treatment of one of China’s most respected and well-loved house church leaders is a shocking and outright violation of basic human rights and rule of law,” said CAA president Bob Fu, in a statement.