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Xingguang Church member's property being destroyed - Photo: ChinaAid www.chinaaid.org
Officials destroying Christians' property.
Photo: ChinaAid

On May 3rd, security officers burst into a home where members of the Xingguang Church in Xiamen were meeting. Worshippers were dragged from the building (see the full report of this initial raid). In a second series of attacks, several homes where church members gathered for meetings were raided on June 11th. More than 100 officials from various governmental departments were involved in these attacks.

Demolishing various rooms in the homes, as well as property, the officials proceeded to confiscate educational material and furniture, along with personal belongings. In all, more than 12 homes were ruined. Some of the church members managed to capture short video clips of the raids, even though -- in at least one case -- a phone was taken away for doing so. Some of the available video footage has been shared by Bob Fu, founder of ChinaAid, and is available for viewing at VOMCanada.com/xingguang.

Pray for the members and leaders of the Xingguang Church, and those of other churches throughout China, who have been facing incessant aggressive pressure from authorities. May they find opportunities to encourage one another in their faith. Also intercede for each of the officers involved, along with the country's governmental leaders, that they would come to understand the reverential fear of God and realize their need to turn to Him in faith.


VIDEO INTERVIEW FOLLOW-UP


Sources: VOMC, ChinaAid
Date: June 25, 2020


Video - Xingguang Church raid
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Greg Musselman recently interviewed ChinaAid's Bob Fu about the attacks, as well as the increase of persecution in China. Go to this page to view a two-minute video excerpt.

Current Ministry Projects

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada continues to help distribute Bibles to Christians in the country, making it possible for them to have their own printed version of God's Word. Additionally, VOMC works with various mission partners to facilitate a Biblical understanding of persecution and discipleship, while presenting ways to effectively respond and minister within the context of hostility.

Project Funds: Bibles, Equipping the Saints, Underground Church

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
1,394,015,977 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Han Chinese (91.6), Zhuang (1.3), Other (7.1)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (18.2), Christianity (5.1), Islam (1.8), folk religion (21.9), Hinduism (<0.1), Judaism (<0.1), other (0.7), unaffiliated (52.2)

Leader
President Xi Jinping (2013)

Government type
Communist party-led state

Legal system
Based on civil law system; influenced by Soviet and continental European civil law systems

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for China

Pray that the Gospel will be proclaimed throughout China without government interference so many more names can be added to the Lamb's "Book of Life." May there also be a spirit of unity demonstrated among the country's growing churches, further strengthening existing believers and spurring them on in their ministry service and evangelistic outreach within the country's numerous communities.

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