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Shi Xinping, leader of a house church in Zongdian, Henan Province, was fined 50,000 yuan, or about $9,940, by the Regional Religious Affairs Committee for organising illegal activities without reporting them to the Department of Religious Affairs.

His church, the Hanzhuang Village house church, received three government notices in one week. The first warned of possible penalties, the second warned of a ban on the church and the third threatened more penalties. Members of the 200-member church, which has been in existence for more than 10 years, had refused to join the state-sanctioned Three-Self Church.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Ask the Lord to give the church leaders wisdom when dealing with the authorities.
  • Pray the Lord will provide them with opportunities to continue to worship together.
  • Pray for the local authorities, that many will receive the Gospel as a result of the witness of these believers and the work of the Holy Spirit.