A Christian in the Zhoukou area of Henan province said that under new government restrictions, area churches are required to sing the Chinese national anthem at the beginning of each service and a nationalistic song titled “No Communist Party, No New China” at the end of service.
Local authorities also issued an order forbidding anyone under 18 from entering a church.
The Christian said officials recently walked around the neighbourhood and removed ceramic tiles with inscriptions like “Emmanuel” or “God so loved the world.” They even walked into his mother’s bedroom and tore down a painting.
Government authorities attend every Sunday service to ensure that no crosses larger than three feet are displayed, and if they see children in attendance, they will close down the church. “At this challenging period,” the Christian said, “many believers are afraid to come to church.”
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Pray for churches in Henan, that the believers will encourage one another in the word of God.
- Pray for the unity and wisdom of believers when dealing with authorities. May they trust in the Lord that He will provide the words to say (Matthew 10:19).
- Pray this time of experiencing increasing restrictions may be used by the Lord to further strengthen the faith of Chinese believers and bring greater opportunities to expand the Kingdom.