By Rachel Ritchie
(Guangzhou, Guangdong—June 26, 2015) Religious persecution in southern China’s Guangdong province continues as a landlord leasing space to a house church was pressured to break the lease agreement because the church “did not register at the religious affairs bureau.”
|After their own eviction, Guangfu
House Church held a Sunday gathering
in the hall outside their former meeting
place on May 31, 2015.
(Photo: China Aid)
Ma Chao, a leader of the recently persecuted Guangfu Church in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, told China Aid that a member of the Royal Victory Church, another house church in the same district called him: “They told me that their church properties, which had been confiscated, were returned but that their personal properties were still in custody. They cannot find a place to hold their church services.”
A church member said that the Baiyun District Religious Affairs Bureau and the Baiyun District Public Security Bureau pressured the church’s landlord to break the lease.
The 10-year-old Royal Victory Church is home to more than 200 Christians, about half of whom are foreigners, according to Ma Chao, but 300-400 people usually attend the church’s services.
This eviction comes amid increasing religious persecution in Guangdong. Recently, Guangfu Church faced eviction, raids and other conflicts with authorities. Additionally, Renai’s Home Rehabilitation Farm in Zhaoqing was prohibited from holding small Christian gatherings.