Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials reportedly interrupted a church service held virtually over zoom.
During the morning of 11 July, CCP security agents, police officers, and other officials raided the Shenzhen Trinity Gospel Harvest Church in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, where Pastor Mao Zhibin and Elder Chu Yanqing hosted the service.
Source: International Christian Concern
Authorities forced the two men to stop preaching as other CCP officials surrounded the church building. Shenzhen Trinity Gospel church strongly advocates for justice in China, and many dissidents of the CCP have joined the young church.
According to ChinaAid, ever since Pastor Mao and Elder Shen Ling supported Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi’s ‘A Joint Statement by Pastors: A Declaration for the Sake of the Christian Faith’, the church members have been increasingly targeted by the CCP.
Another incident occurred on 25 April, when CCP authorities raided the church’s Sunday service. Without presenting any legal documents, they banned the church, ordered those present to leave, and transported church leaders and seven congregants to the police station in Bantian.
Let us pray.
- Ask the Lord to strengthen the resolve of His children in China to love, serve and follow Him even when faced with escalating opposition.
- Praise God for the bold stand of the church in China. Pray they will be unified in their love of God and their desire to remain faithful to Him.
- Continue to pray for Pastor Wang Yi, currently serving a nine-year prison sentence.