|Officials raid Huoshi Church, a house
church in Guizhou province. House
churches are often invaded by
(Photo: China Aid)
(Zhuhai, Guangdong—Oct. 26, 2016) Government officials forced tens of Christians to register with the government and summoned eight church members to the police station for questioning on Sept. 27.
According to a woman who attends the church, the public security bureau and police officers raided a church building during a service and informed the Christians that they met illegally. Pulling out forms, the authorities coerced them to provide their names, home addresses, and workplaces.
Additionally, the police held eight of the Christians for more than 10 hours and threatened to further harm the church if they told any news sources about the raid or being summoned. They were released in the early morning of Sept. 28.
China Aid exposes abuses, such as those experienced by house churches in Guangdong province, in order to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and promote religious freedom in China.