SHAANXI, China (China Aid) — Authorities in China’s inland Shaanxi province dispersed a house church’s summer camp last week because minors were in attendance.
The two-day camp in Luonan County, in the city of Shangluo, was shut down by three people—two from the local police station and one from the local civil administration bureau—on July 14. A church member named Tang said that eight other people from local township governments arrived as the camp began dispersing.
“There were more than 65 children and adults. The students range from second to sixth grade,” Tang said. “The officials said it was [dispersed] because the church was preaching to minors under 18 years old. They only gave verbal notification [of the dismissal]—there was no specific notice.”