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Authorities in China recently raided two church-organized summer camps for children.

Pray that children in China
will come to know Christ.

Two house churches in Jiangxi province jointly held a church summer camp for elementary school students between June 2 and 7. On June 6, officers and officials from the police station, the public security bureau, the religious affairs bureau, and some primary and secondary school principals converged on the classroom, recording the names of everyone present and confiscating a computer and projector. Three teachers were taken for questioning on the grounds that non-local residents are not allowed to come and evangelize, and officials stressed that children may not become religious believers. They ordered the church to stop hosting classes and said since the church was not registered it was not legal. As a result of international pressure, authorities have since returned the confiscated property and the church has been able to resume meeting normally.

In early July, police in the far western region of Xinjiang raided a house church Sunday school, rounded up 70 children and their teachers for questioning, and locked up seven teachers in a local detention centre. Some of the children's parents and school principals and teachers were also summoned and questioned.

Please pray that children who hear the gospel message through church-organized camps will take the life-saving message home to their families and communities. Pray that God will strengthen young believers to follow in the example that has been passed down to them by their leaders (1 Corinthians 4:9-14, 16). Please pray that God will work in the hearts of officials involved in the raids, leading them to know His Son.

Go to the China Country Report for more on the suffering Church in China.