A house church gathering of more than 70 Christians in China’s south-western Sichuan province was raided by police officers on Tuesday 20 January and more than 20 people were taken into custody, among which were two pastors and two missionaries.
More than 70 Christians from various places gathered at a meeting held by Langzhong House Church in Langzhong, Nanchong at 9 am at a place called the Bamboo Mountain Villa.
At 10:30 am, dozens of plain clothes officers from the local public security bureau and police station raided the meeting, dispersing the worshippers and detaining more than 20 for attending an ‘illegal assembly.’
‘A total of nine people have been [placed under administrative detention],’ said Pastor Zhang Mingxuan, president of the Chinese House Church Alliance. ‘Five of them, including Pastor Li Ming, [one of Langzhong House Church’s leaders], have been sentenced to 15 days. The four others were sentenced to 10-days administrative detention. The other 14 who were initially detained have been released.’
Others still held at the Shaxi Township Police Station in Langzhong include Pastor Li Mingbo, another Langzhong House Church leader, Pastor Liu Yong, from a house church in Chengdu, a Langzhong Church elder named Wang, Pastor Sun and his wife, Ma Ying, the two missionaries from Mianyang, and three Langzhong Church members: Zhou Chunyan, Chen Yihui, and Liang Renyan.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Pray that the church will not be fearful but will have the inspiration, strength and resources to continue to reach out with the Gospel.
- Pray for the detained believers, that God will fill the believers’ hearts with peace beyond comprehension as they bring their needs to the Lord and rejoice in Him (Philippians 4:4-7).
- Pray for those in authority, that they will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel and put their hope and trust in Him.