Featured News

ChinaAid News

Related News

In the News

Walking with the persecuted faithful

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

-- Matthew 25:40, NIV

Make a Difference

These are ways for you to get involved to help the persecuted in China. Click any of the links below to start helping the Chinese Church today.

Write Letters

Write to imprisoned prisoners of conscience to provide encouragement and send a signal to prison officials that there are people all over the world who care for these brave imprisoned.

Act Now

Sign Petitions

Raise your voice with other supporters and sign petitions to tell top-ranking Chinese authorities that these cases will not be forgotten.

Act Now


One of the most powerful ways that you can support the persecuted church is through a monetary donation. You can give to a specific program with a one-time gift or set up a monthly donation.

Act Now

Be Encouraged

Testimonies and words of encouragement from ChinaAid supporters:

Get Connected

Find out how you can stay in touch with ChinaAid:

ChinaAid on Social Media

Subscribe to Daily News Update

Subscribe to Monthly E-Newsletter:

Good News/Bad News: Local Government & House Church in Sichuan Reach Settlement; in Shandong, Persecution Continues

Friday, December 23, 2011

China Aid Association

(Jiaozhou, Shandong – Dec. 22, 2011) Local officials in coastal Shandong province have cut all the power lines to a house church to prevent its members from holding a planned Christmas celebration, ChinaAid has learned.

On Wednesday, Pastor Zhan Gang discovered that all the power lines to his church building had been severed by the government-controlled Electricity Bureau at the request of the Jiaozhou city Religious Affairs Bureau. His 300-strong house church had been preparing for its Christmas celebration, and the religious affairs officials had warned Pastor Zhan, who is also the general-secretary of the Chinese House Church Alliance, that his church should not have any Christmas gathering.

Pastor Zhan left the government-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement several years ago and established an independent house church, which has been subjected to continuous government harassment.

"To cut off the electricity of a 300-member church in order to prevent the believers from celebrating Christmas absolutely violates these believers' constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion," said ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu, who personally knows Pastor Zhan. "We urge the Shandong authorities to take immediate measures to reverse its wrong decision and to permit local believers to have a peaceful Christmas celebration."

Meanwhile, in southwest China’s Sichuan province, the Shangxi Church in Guangyuan and the local government reached a court-mediated settlement on Tuesday. The reconciliation came against the backdrop of great international pressure as well as the continuous support of legal rights activists. According to the settlement, the Guangyuan authorities made a verbal apology to the church it had long persecuted and pledged to allow the church to meet and not to interfere in its meetings. In return, the church dropped its lawsuit against the local government.

ChinaAid welcomes this development and the process that led to this positive outcome. We hope that the authorities will keep their word and protect the citizens’ right to religious freedom.

ChinaAid would also like to take this opportunity to remind churches and Christians that, based on past practice, the Christmas season is a time when the mainland church will suffer intense persecution and harassment. Therefore, we need to raise this up in prayer and look to God for His protection.

China Aid Contacts
Rachel Ritchie, English Media Director
Cell: (432) 553-1080 | Office: 1+ (888) 889-7757 | Other: (432) 689-6985
Email: r.ritchie@chinaaid.org
Website: www.chinaaid.org