Authorities Tighten Pressure Against Chinese House Church

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(China Aid) A house church in the capital of China’s southern Guangdong province reported an escalation of pressure from authorities as multiple attempts to shut down gatherings and disband the church occurred in recent months.

An administrator for Guangfu Church named Mark said that the local public security and religious affairs bureaus have paid him frequent visits, asking the church to stop meeting. Mark recently returned early from a study abroad program in America in order to help with Guangfu Church’s troubles.

“The sub-district office, religious affairs bureau and public security bureau have been asking us to stop meetings since November 2015. We halted for three months, since the authorities told us that we could resume the meetings after Lunar New Year. We resumed meetings after the Spring Festival in February, as they’d promised we could, but the authorities again reached out to me and asked us to shut down in March. The landowners also found us several times and asked us to move out,” Mark said.

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