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Officials in China’s central Henan province closed down a Christian-run institution dedicated to bringing children up with good morals, saying its religious component “brainwashed” its students.

Ms Zhu, a Christian woman, told a China Aid reporter on 14 September that national security officers arrived at her house in July and confiscated books they’d used for an academy that ran theology classes for children in their home after receiving a tip that the students were being brainwashed with religion.

Additionally, they removed other items belonging to the church, including a computer and banned and closed the academy. Since the ban, the officials have not harassed the church again.

Such prohibitions on teaching religion to children are common in China, despite the Chinese Constitution’s guarantee that all citizens enjoy freedom of belief.

Despite threats from the government, many Chinese adults insist on taking their children to church and other Christian-related activities. In response, the government strengthened its prohibition on children attending religious events in the revised edition of its Regulations on Religious Affairs, scheduled to take effect in February.

Source: China Aid

  • Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of Ms Zhu and of parents who make every effort to bring up their children in the ways of the Lord. Pray they will be in no way discouraged by this incident.
  • Pray for children and youth in China; may they encourage one another in the faith.
  • Pray for those in authority, that they may be moved by the powerful witness of Chinese believers.