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Police recently raided a house church similar to this one.
Photo: ChinaAid

Over 200 police officers raided a house church in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, on September 21st. More than 100 Christians, including children, were arrested in the raid which occurred during a Sunday service.

According to local believers, the service was raided without any prior warning. Following the incident, police left behind a notice stating that the church members were detained for conducting an "illegal gathering." Most church members, including the children, were detained for 10 to 20 hours and then released. However, at the time of the report, 30 believers still remained in police custody.

All house churches in China are considered "illegal gatherings" and are frowned upon by the government. Any believers meeting together to practise their faith in house churches risk being arrested.

Let us bring this troubling situation to our Lord in prayer, asking that He grant His peace to the precious believers affected by this raid, and especially for the children who were detained. May they not give in to fear, trusting God to protect them and strengthen their faith. Also remember those who may still be in custody, praying that they will soon be released. In addition, pray that this congregation will not give up meeting together, but instead spur each other on to worship our Risen Lord. Finally, please intercede on behalf of the authorities involved in this case. May they be moved by the witness of these believers and, as a result, come to know Him and the truth of the Gospel.