Chinese Christians Chu Xiaodong and Yu Xingmei spent their 12th wedding anniversary in jail.
Their crime? They showed up for church in China’s capital of Beijing.
They were promptly arrested as the Chinese government’s campaign against the 1,000-member Shouwang Church entered week 13. Sunday night, the couple were last two remaining detainees who had not been released by the end of the day, according to ChinaAid, a New York-based advocacy group.
On Shouwang’s Google Buzz social media page, church members kept a running tally throughout the day of who was in police custody and who had been released. When church member Fu Jing was released about 6:30 p.m., one church member wrote, “Fu Jing is out! Praise the Lord! She said that when she was inside and was experiencing a moment of weakness, from outside came the sounds of brothers and sisters singing hymns. Thank you to those brothers and sisters who were there waiting for her!”