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New restrictions continue to shrink religious freedom

West Huaihai Road Christ Church held a Comprehensive Strengthening of Religious Administration Conference (Photo:Xuzhou Municipal Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau website) (Jiangsu, China – September 22, 2022) The city of Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, issued a notice aimed at tightening comprehensive religious control to limit religious freedom in China in the form of ten strict prohibitions

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Sunshine Reformed officially banned

(Jilin, China—September 22, 2022) On September 7, the Civil Affairs Bureau in Changchun, Jilin province, northeast China, banned Sunshine Reformed Church, a house church not registered with the government. According to the official announcement, the church was banned on the grounds that it was “unregistered” and therefore illegal. A few weeks earlier, on August 21,

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Christians attacked with stones during baptism

(Shenzhen, China—September 21, 2022) During China’s mid-autumn festival, members of Shenzhen Trinity Harvest Gospel Church were attacked as they baptized believers. Passing bystanders threw stones, scolded, and threatened church members on the beach. Wu Lixin and Pastor Mao Zhibin baptized four Christians despite persecution.   Shenzhen Trinity Harvest Gospel Church originally planned to hold the baptism

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Two house churches shut down across China

Civil Affairs Bureau of Hukou County, Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province issued an announcement on shutting down an unnamed “House Church in Hukou County” (Source: Official website of Hukou County Civil Affairs Bureau) (ChinaAid—September 21, 2022) Two house churches have been dismantled, one is a “House Church in Hukou County” in Jiujiang, Jiangxi, and the other is

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Linfen Covenant House Church’s Li Jie criminally detained on suspicion of “fraud” 

Preacher Li Jie’s criminal detention notice (Photo: ChinaAid source) (Linfen, Shanxi province – September 8, 2022) Authorities criminally detained Linfen Covenant House Church’s preacher Li Jie on suspicion of “fraud” at Yaodu District Detention Center. His wife Li Shanshan received the detention notice issued by Linfen public security bureau. Li Jie’s family and another preacher

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Local authorities demolish Gothic-styled Cathedral for developing city

(Shanxi, China —September 13, 2022) – The Gothic-style cathedral of the Beihan Catholic Church of the Catholic Diocese of Taiyuan has been demolished by local authorities as a direct result of a new urban area development project by the government. On August 25, the Diocese of Taiyuan’s Beihan Catholic Church complex was torn down first,


Update on Xi’an Church of Abundance: beatings, police abuse, and house surveillance

Letter update on Xi’an Church. (Xi’an, Shaanxi Province—August 25, 2022) On August 20, 2022, Guo Jiuju, the wife of Senior Pastor Lian Changnian of Xi’an Church of Abundance, and Zhang Jun, wife of Pastor Lian Xuliang, sent a prayer request letter to .The letter details the severe persecution from the Shilipu Police Station in Xi’an


Wenzhou Bible School banned by authorities

A copy of the ban notice. (Wenzhou, Zhejiang—August 24, 2022) On August 8, 2022, the Civil Affairs Bureau of Lucheng District, Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province issued an announcement on the banning of Wenzhou Bowen Bible School and Wenzhou Bible School. The official notice was dated as August 5, 2022 and cites the church’s school as


Police violently raided Sunshine Reformed Church and arrested members

Christians performed first aid to those who passed out(Photo: Screenshot from video) (Changchun, Jilin—August 23, 2022) On August 21, 2022, the Sunday service of Sunshine Reformed Church in Changchun was raided by local police. Around 9:45 A.M., police suddenly burst into the church, dispersed those in attendance, and purposefully took away Pastor Guo Muyun and

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Xi’an Harvest Church has been officially shut down

Announcement from Xi’an Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs that Xi’an Harvest Church has been shut down(Photo: ChinaAid source) (Xi’an, Shaanxi Province—August 23, 2022) On August 19, 2022, Xi’an Harvest Church, a house church in Shaanxi, has been officially shut down by the Xi’an Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs. The shutdown announcement issued by the Xi’an


Authorities detained Christians for “organizing and financing illegal gatherings”

Wang Shunping (Photo: ChinaAid source) (Yunnan province, China —August 22, 2022) According to a prayer request letter dated from the 19th from Dashanli in Nujiang, Wang Shunping, a millennial Christian of the Nu ethnic minority group, was criminally detained on August 17th by the Public Security Bureau of Fugong County, Nujiang Prefecture, Yunnan Province, on


Geng Zejun sentenced to over a year

Geng Zejun’s verdict (Photo: ChinaAid source) (Shizuishan, Ningxia province – August 22, 2022) According to Church of the Rock, Huinong District Court sentenced Geng Zejun to 1 year and 3 months for “organizing illegal gatherings.” Geng Zejun and his congregation belong to the reformed faith and have refused to accept the management of the Chinese

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