Christians evicted after house church banned

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Leaders and members of Guangzhou Huajing Christian Church have been forced to move. Some were evicted after just arriving in the area. Officials also installed security cameras outside some of the homes.

GUANGZHOU HUAJING CHRISTIAN CHURCH

The house church in question was established in 2000 with Senior Pastor Cao Wen. Authorities persecuted Guangzhou Huajing Christian Church numerous times over the past 20 years. For example, in June 2015, authorities ordered them to close their venue because they partook in “illegal religious activities.” Church materials were confiscated, and they were forced to move from venue to venue. Similarly, another location received another notice in January of 2019.

BANNED IN AUGUST

Finally, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) banned the church on August 19, 2023. The Tianhe District Government issued a notice online officially banning the church. Afterward, the church suffered the same treatment as other persecuted house churches over the years. Police threatened pastors, preachers, and believers, forcing them to move. Members were threatened with subpoenas, and their homes were raided.

CALL TO PRAYER

Early Rain Covenant Church, which has suffered persecution for several years, made a prayer appeal for Guangzhou Huajing Christian Church. They release weekly prayer letters to domestic and international ministry partners, asking for intercession. “Pray that the Lord will give all brothers and sisters in Huajing Christian Church heavenly wisdom to recognize all the devil’s lies, to stand firm on the Lord’s side in an atmosphere of terror created by the devil, not to be stirred up by rumors, not to be misled by lies, to trust each other in faith, to tolerate each other in love, and to keep the unity of the church.”

Consider praying for house churches across China during a severe period of persecution. — ChinaAid