www.barnabasfundo.org On 30 August a group of 20 Christians, some elderly, watched helplessly as their prayer room, school room and training centre were demolished by police. ChinaAid reported that police entered the prayer centre owned by a house church in Zhejiang province early that morning and forcibly ejected the Christians from the building as they were carrying out their morning prayers.
China’s “house churches” (unregistered churches) suffer much harassment at the hands of the authorities. Earlier in August three churches belonging to one of the major unregistered networks, which has an estimated 5-7 million members, were also targeted. The network’s leaders had been invited to the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in South Africa in October, but the Public Security Bureau learned of this and put pressure on them not to attend. When the leaders refused, the three churches were closed down.
- Pray for those Christians who have now lost the use of their prayer centre. Pray that they may continue to meet together and rejoice in the Lord despite such trials.
- Pray for all our brothers and sisters in China, who suffer much harassment for their faith, that they will stand firm in the Lord.