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Three Chinese Christians have been sentenced to two years in jail over their involvement in a church-run pre-school. A printer who produced “illegal” textbooks for Hualin Kindergarten was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

China Aid reports that the four were convicted on Friday of ‘illegal business operations’ at Hualin Kindergarten in southern Guangxi region. The nursery was run by Liangren Church in Guangzhou, whose congregation has suffered intense persecution.

The church reported last year that almost its entire core staff had been detained, after church members were involved in an outreach to a neighbouring region. Several kindergartens and businesses linked to the church were raided or shut down.

The Christians convicted on Friday were kindergarten director Cheng Jie, church elder Huang Quirui and church member Li Jiato, a mother of two young children. They were also fined 5,000 yuan ($1,010). The printer, Fang Bin, was fined 4,000 yuan ($807).

Sources: Release International, China Aid Association

Prayer Points

  • Please praythat the four detainees would be able to lodge an appeal and be released.
  • Pray that they and their families will not grow weary or lose heart but know God’s peace, presence and comfort.
  • Thank the Lord that the church in China is strong, and continues to grow despite the opposition.