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Huaqiu Church - China Aid Association
The Huaqiu Church
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Authorities in China have been continuing their campaign against Christianity, targeting unregistered house churches. In recent days, at least two churches in Beijing have been raided by authorities who pressured landlords to cancel the leases.

On May 6th, several dozen officers from the Public Security Bureau entered a church service. While the service was allowed to continue, officials took pictures of those present. Two days later, the landlord revoked their lease.

During a regularly scheduled Bible study at the Holy Love Fellowship on April 20th, authorities disrupted the meeting and questioned those present. Xu Yonghai, a church elder, says that it is becoming harder to find a place to rent due to the governmental pressure on landlords.

Action against China's Christians has been taking various other forms as well. On May 8th, authorities met with nine members of the Huaqiu Church in Guizhou. The Religious Affairs Bureau personnel warned the church members against having any foreign connections and told them to join the government-approved Three-Self Church or face further repercussions.

As Christians in China continue to face opposition from many different directions, pray that they will have wisdom to know the appropriate ways in which to respond. May God strengthen and encourage these Chinese believers, so they will stand firm in Christ and continue the spread of the Gospel.

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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