Beijing ordered all of its districts to execute a thorough investigation of churches in early July, according to ChinaAid. Haidian District’s Office of Ethics, Religious, and Overseas Chinese Affairs issued a notice on 4 July, ordering government departments to make contact with churches in the
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A small house church in China’s southern Guangdong province was raided in the middle of a service last Sunday, detaining church pastor Huang Xiaoning and three other attendees. Huang was in the middle of a sermon when officials from the local police station and neighbourhood
As of the end of May, almost 100 house churches in the central Chinese province of Henan have been shut down. Along with those closures, authorities have taken action against the official Three-Self Patriot Movement churches, demanding that all crosses be removed from their buildings.
Teachers in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, recently sent messages to the parents of infants and primary school students, demanding that the parents disclose their religious beliefs. One Christian said school officials have even come to Christian parents’ homes and workplaces, asking them to renounce their faith
At the beginning of the month, the government forcibly demolished a nursing home established by the Baishitang Church in Luhe County, Shanwei, Guangdong province. Before it was levelled, more than 100 Christians used the nursing home as a gathering point. On 14 May, a person
A Christian in the Zhoukou area of Henan province said that under new government restrictions, area churches are required to sing the Chinese national anthem at the beginning of each service and a nationalistic song titled “No Communist Party, No New China” at the end
According to Christians in China’s central Henan province, the local public security bureaus and religious affairs bureaus have started targeting house church members with threats and fines since early February. A new initiative in Nanyang, Henan, explicitly forbids any kind of religious gatherings in people’s
Dr Li Baiguang, an internationally renowned human rights defence lawyer, was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning. He is said to have died at 3am in the Chinese government military hospital in Nanjing, hours after checking in for a stomach complaint. The hospital said he had
Muslim militants used Molotov cocktails to set fire to the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church in Kaji-Say in the early hours of 3 January. The building, which stands on the south shore of Lake Issyk Kul, was badly damaged in the blaze, with many pews destroyed.
Government officials in Jiangxi province have pledged to help Christians living in poverty under the condition that they reject their faith, follow communism and replace their pictures of Jesus with pictures of President Xi Jinping. While authorities claim the Christians are voluntarily replacing their religious
A group of Christians in central Vietnam have lost their homes and farmland because of their faith in Christ, but they remain faithful to the Lord. Several families in the Central Highlands, including some former Communist Party members, have become Christians over the past few
Pastor Zhang Shaojie of the Nanle Country Christian Church, in the Henan Province, is “barely alive” after suffering various forms of torture in prison, according to reports from his daughter. He is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence which officially began in 2014. His daughter
A Chinese pastor who has been in prison for the past 16 months was admitted to hospital last month with a serious medical condition. In mid-March, dark, painful lesions appeared on Yang Hua’s legs and continued to spread. Prison doctors gave him painkillers but offered
The government in China’s coastal Zhejiang Province recently ordered surveillance equipment to be installed in churches, allowing them to easily monitor church activities. At the beginning of March, authorities in Zhejiang demanded that Three-Self Churches install surveillance cameras and have been dispatching officials to forcibly
The pastor of a house church has been under house arrest since 2011 in China for refusing to join the Three-Self Church. Pastor Jin Tianming’s home is closely guarded by three government agents and he is given just two hours of personal time each day.
After secretly trying Yang Hua for “divulging state secrets,” a judge sentenced the pastor of Living Stone Church on 5 January to two years and six months in prison. Pastor Yang, also known by his legal name, Li Guoshi, has been held since 9 December
A local court in China’s western Xinjiang sentenced a Christian woman to three years in prison for holding a Bible study. Ma Huichao, who was taken into police custody along with four other Christians when officials claimed their Bible study met without government approval, stood
An Indian grandmother was stripped naked, beaten to death and her body burned, apparently because her Christian faith was “disturbing the peace” in her village. The incident, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, followed other serious attacks on vulnerable Christians in the state this
What’s it like to hear from your pastor husband, who has spent over a year in prison? Pastor Yang Hua was abducted by Chinese police 9 December 2015 and accused of “divulging state secrets”. Yang has not yet gone to trial, but his words to
Though the Soviet invaders were terrorizing their country, the Romanian children walked steadily towards the Russian soldiers with warm, confident smiles on their faces. The soldiers greeted them kindly, patting them on the head. Each soldier was thinking of his own children, whom they had