GUIZHOU, China (China Aid) — More than 30 officials from several government departments attempted to raid a weekly gathering of a house church in China’s southwestern Guizhou province and ordered the church to stop meeting and pay a 100,000 Yuan (U.S. $15,650) fine on Nov. 29.
Yang Hua, one of Huoshi Church’s pastors, described the incident to a China Aid reporter on Nov. 30: “Yesterday, there were more than 30 personnel from the Guiyang Municipal Planning Bureau, Nanming District Urban Management Bureau and [a local] police station. Some were in plainclothes, and they did not show identification …”
“While I was preaching yesterday, they tried to raid the church but were stopped by some church members. Later, they took some video footage of the pantry and library for evidence, and a verbal dispute happened between them and our church members.”
According to Yang, the officials warned that, if the church fails to stop their services, a fine will go into effect.