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(Taishan, Guangdong—Oct. 26, 2017) Officials in China’s southern Guangdong province interrupted and dispersed a gathering of Christians on Oct. 25, confiscated all the books as well as other materials, and summoned the person responsible for the service.
Following a string of demands that the church join the government-run Three-Self Church, authorities invaded a worship service held at the home of Zheng Shaoyun, the leader of Ci Ai Fellowship. Taking down the identification cards of the 20 people in attendance and confiscating all of the books and some other material, they also demanded that the person responsible for the church come in for questioning.
Before the raid, officials attempted to force Zheng to stop the church meetings by threatening her son’s career. According to a Christian, “Her son already passed the civil servant entrance exam. Over the past few days, the public security bureau, including people from every department, came to her house to try to persuade her to take a job, hoping she would not preach again. If she continued to preach, hers son’s work and future would be destroyed. Her son also advised her not to preach again. Zheng said that, for her child’s future, she is considering a compromise because he passed the civil servant’s entrance exam.”
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