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China’s communist regime has ordered citizens in the country’s north-eastern region to spy on Christians and report any “illegal religious activities”, including religious house gatherings. Informants will be rewarded with $200 for each tip, according to a report.  

The administration of the Meilisi Daur District in Heilongjiang Province’s Qiqihar city released a document titled, “The Reward System for Reporting Illegal Religious Activities Offences”, saying informants would be paid up to 1,000 yuan ($200), China Christian Daily reported.

 

Sources: Christian Post, Australian Prayer Network, China Aid

The administration of the Meilisi Daur District in Heilongjiang Province’s Qiqihar city released a document titled, “The Reward System for Reporting Illegal Religious Activities Offences”, saying informants would be paid up to 1,000 yuan ($200), China Christian Daily reported. Officials, it says, are looking for any information – through a phone call, email or letter – on unqualified religious personnel, unauthorised trans-regional activities, preaching and distribution of printed religious literature, audio-visual products outside places of worship, unauthorised donations or private house gatherings.

The objective, it adds, is to “strengthen the control of illegal religious activities in the district, prevent any COVID-19 cluster resulting from religious gatherings, mobilise the public to engage in preventing [and] suppressing illegal religious activities, and ensure a harmonious and stable religious landscape.”

Religious persecution in China intensified in 2020, with thousands of Christians affected by church closures and other human rights abuses. Under the direction of President Xi Jinping, officials from the Chinese Communist Party, have been enforcing strict controls on religion. Authorities in China are also cracking down on Christianity by removing Bible apps and Christian WeChat public accounts as new highly restrictive administrative measures on religious staff went into effect this year.

Let us pray.

  • Pray that Christians will remain faithful to Christ no matter the circumstances. Pray they will fear not.
  • Pray for frontline workers seeking to bless persecuted Christians, lead house churches and evangelise the lost.
  • Pray for unity and continued church growth across China.