|Chen Shixin photographed in January 2017.
(Huaibei, Anhui—Nov. 25, 2018) Authorities in China’s eastern Anhui province warned an unregistered church that its attendees would be prohibited from attending services if children continued to attend their church.
An anonymous person who attends Caili Church said, “Recently, the district religious affairs bureau sent officials to our village, warning us that kids shouldn’t attend any services. They said that Christians would be prohibited from services if kids were attended.”
According to this Christian, the bureau “reached an agreement with the village committee that the village committee would monitor us.”
Caili Church rose to attention when officials falsely accused its pastor, Chen Shixin, of damaging a forest last year. Chen was sentenced to three years in prison for “intentionally damaging property” on April 16.
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