CHINA: Officials Auction Church to Pay Fine

Authorities forcibly sold three sites of the largest house church in the capital China’s southern Guizhou province Sunday, only informing the owners on the day of the auction.

On 11 February, Su Tianfu, pastor of Huoshi Church, the largest house church in Guiyang, Guizhou, received a notice from the Baiyun District Court, saying that the Nanming District Religious Affairs Bureau had demanded that he fulfil his obligation to pay a fine of more than 7 million yuan.

Su, along with imprisoned Huoshi Church Pastor Yang Hua, were first notified of the fine last May, which authorities claimed they incurred because they took that amount in “illegal income”. The pastors, however, maintained that the money had been freely donated by the church’s congregation and only used on church expenses. They appealed several times until the court handed them a definitive verdict, making the fine mandatory.

Authorities hired an assessment company on 23 January and the organisation ruled that the church’s total property, including the items inside it, were worth 5.36 million yuan. The court subsequently granted the company permission to auction the church and its property, with the final sale going to the “state-owned enterprise” Nanming Investment Group for 5.12 million yuan on 11 February.

When Wang Hongwu, the wife of Yang, heard that the property had been sold, she speculated that officials may soon accuse Pastor Su of “divulging state secrets,” as they did her husband when he attempted to prevent them from confiscating a church hard drive. Yang is currently serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence and has faced torture and severe illness while in prison.

Source: China Aid

  • Ask the Lord to uphold Pastor Su at this time of shock and disappointment. Pray the Lord’s protection will be upon him and that words of wisdom may be granted as he deals with those in authority.
  • Pray the church members will be all the more determined to meet together and encourage one another.
  • Pray for Pastor Yang in prison; ask the Lord to grant him the physical, emotional and spiritual strength he needs.


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4 Responses to CHINA: Officials Auction Church to Pay Fine

  1. Trevor Hayley 22 February 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    I am writing to Yang Hua, through the England office. Pass this on to Yang Hua’s wife. The letters are weekly. Regards Trevor Hayley

    • Voice of the Martyrs 26 February 2018 at 9:02 am #

      We hear from so many released prisoners that the letters they received while in prison were such an encouragement to them. God bless you.

  2. Julian Miller 23 February 2018 at 11:15 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing the news of dear brothers and sisters in their suffering for the Lord Jesus Christ, overseas. We so need to hear and to pray and to share in the suffering these dear ones go through. I had the pleasure of travelling to Guizhou in 2006 to teach some local English teachers. It was such a privilege… While there I heard something of what local believers have gone through because of their love for their Lord and Savior…How I praise the Lord for all He is doing in saving and encouraging many…
    May we all be ready to stand and testify whenever we are called to do this, and may the glorious gospel of our King, shine brightly in this dark world!
    Yours in Jesus our matchless Master and ever-faithful Friend!
    Julian Miller

    • Voice of the Martyrs 26 February 2018 at 8:59 am #

      Thank you for standing with us with our persecuted brothers and sisters Julian. God bless.

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