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Officers detain members of the Daguan
house church in a raid on May 24th.
Photo: China Aid

Three sisters from China's southwestern Guizhou province who were detained in mid-October for worshipping God in their home have been released, although other members of their house church are still awaiting a final decision from the court. An anonymous member of the Daguan house church stated on November 22nd that the women were released from their administrative detention after serving a 15-day sentence. The only reason given for the detention was that they had "violated the public security administrative punishment law." In a previous incident, the same three women were detained in June for "illegal assembly" and "organizing cult activities." Thankfully, in that situation as well, they had been granted release after serving a short detention.

A brother related to the three women is still presently in detainment, along with four other Daguan house church members. Authorities detained these five Christians during two separate raids which took place on May 24th and June 7th. The June raid had occurred during a church meeting in one of the believers' homes. The legal procuratorate involved decided that the evidence provided by the public security bureau was insufficient and, therefore, the case was returned to the bureau for further investigation.

Unfortunately, remaining members of the Daguan house church, which was founded 13 years ago, have not gathered since the raids took place earlier this year for fear of retaliation. "We dare not meet," one of the Christians admitted while referencing due concern over the consequences. "We would get arrested immediately." Other reports on religious persecution in China can be reviewed at this page.

Despite the injustices these Chinese Christians have endured, may the Lord reassure them of His abiding presence -- filling them with an even greater hope in Him and an increased love for others, so that even in prison their gentleness will be evident to all (Philippians 4:5). As members of the Daguan house church and other congregations in China await the release of detained friends and loved ones, may they be able to continue their times of fellowship together...faithfully meeting as unto the Lord. In the meanwhile, please pray that further attacks against these believers will falter, and those who oppose them will realize the error of their ways and turn from evil.

Current Ministry Projects

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada continues to help distribute Bibles to Christians in the country, making it possible for them to have their own printed version of God's Word. Additionally, VOMC works with various mission partners to facilitate a Biblical understanding of persecution and discipleship, while presenting ways to effectively respond and minister within the context of hostility.

Project Funds: Bibles, Equipping the Saints, Underground Church

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
1,397,897,720 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Han Chinese (91.6), Zhuang (1.3), Other (7.1)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (18.3), Christianity (5.2), Islam (1.8), folk religion (21.9), Muslim (2) Hinduism (<0.1), Judaism (<0.1), other (0.7), unaffiliated (51.8)

Leader
President Xi Jinping (2013)

Government type
Communist party-led state

Legal system
Based on civil law system; influenced by Soviet and continental European civil law systems

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for China

Pray that the Gospel will be proclaimed throughout China without government interference so many more names can be added to the Lamb's "Book of Life." May there also be a spirit of unity demonstrated among the country's growing churches, further strengthening existing believers and spurring them on in their ministry service and evangelistic outreach within the country's numerous communities.

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