Officials in China’s south-western Sichuan province raided Fountain of Life Church on Thursday 10 January, declaring that it is illegal and triggering fears that it might be closed down. The church was holding a Bible study when law enforcement authorities and personnel from the Chengdu’s Civil Affairs Bureau, Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau and Cultural Department entered the church and said that it “is not allowed to illegally organise religious events”.
Zha Changping, one of the church’s elders, fears officials might forcibly close the church. It has already been investigated, and some books have been confiscated.
In China, churches are considered illegal if they do not register with the government and submit to its monitoring.
- Commit to the Lord the church leaders and members. Ask Him to provide wisdom to them as they deal with the authorities.
- Pray the Lord would provide the believers with opportunities to continue to meet to worship the Lord and encourage one another in the faith.
- Pray the church members may not be fearful but will stand as a symbol of faith and strength.
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