Over 200 police raided a house church’s Sunday service on 21 September in Foshan City, in China’s Guangdong Province.
More than 100 church members, including children, were arrested.
‘We don’t know exactly why they raided our church,’ a local believer said. ‘The government does not want us to get together and worship as a church.‘ Local believers explained that the church was raided without any warning. The police left behind a notice stating that the church members were detained for conducting an ‘illegal gathering.’
Most church members, including the children, were detained for 10-20 hours and then released.
All house churches in China are considered ‘illegal gatherings’ and are frowned upon by the government. Any believers meeting together to practise their faith in house churches risk being arrested.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Pray for any members who may still be in custody, that they will soon be released. Pray for their protection and ask God to encourage them in their faith.
- Pray the congregation will not give up meeting together but may spur on one another in the faith.
- Pray the authorities involved in the raid may be moved by the witness of the believers so that they too may come to know and understand the Gospel.