Date: December 18, 2020
China (International Christian Concern) – Police told a moms group from a disbanded house church in China’s Xiamen city to stop gathering, for they “host people who conduct religious activities.”
According to Xunsiding church’s pastor Yang Xibo, nine mothers gathered at someone’s home last week along with their children to share about their lives. On December 17, a policeman with the surname Zeng and his colleague from Wucun police station came visit the host and asked them not to host anybody anymore.
Yang said on his Facebook, “A few days ago, the U.S. has just sanctioned [the head of] this police station for his oppression against Falun Gong, yet they refuse to clean up their act. In addition, nowadays they are working closely with the Religious [Affairs] Bureau to disband three gathering venues of house churches.”
This was not the first time the Xunsiding moms group was harassed by the police. ICC also reported the raid last August that took place at the same family’s residence. While Xiamen, the port city in China’s Fujian province, has been relatively tolerant to Christian activities, in recent years local authorities have intensified religious persecution against groups that are not state-sanctioned.
HOW TO PRAY: Pray for protection for this group from the authorities. Pray for their ability to operate and gather freely. Pray for this group to remain strong in their faith despite the harassment.