Beijing house church receives legal trainingMonday, November 30, 2015
Christians at a training session in Yunnan province pray in
early November 2015. The church members at the Beijing
session requested not to be photographed. (Photo: China Aid)
Reported in Chinese by Bo Ai. Translated by Carolyn Song. Edited and written in English by Ava Collins.
(Beijing—Nov. 30, 2015) A house church in Beijing received training on legal rights in a one-day Chinese Christian Faith and Legal Training Camp on Nov. 8.
A member of house church surnamed Qiu heard of the training camps from another Beijing church and reached out to contact the camps’ founder, Bo Ai, to request a session. This church has faced harassment from authorities, official bans, and multiple relocations in its 10-year history.
After assessing the church’s current situation, Bo taught church members about their legal rights regarding religion and gatherings, as well as sharing strategies for navigating conflicts with authorities within the context of the law. The church required members’ attendance, hoping for a wide turnout.
“Do not be afraid,” Bo urged church members. “You know that the church is not illegal, your gathering is not illegal, and neither is our faith.” His training explained that the church should have courage, avoid being too assertive and act with wisdom.
Bo requested a photo of the church members at the meeting, who politely declined, fearing retaliation or harassment if the meeting was discovered.
Bo has conducted Chinese Christian Faith and Legal Training Camps for ten years all over China, most recently visiting the southern Jiangxi and Yunnan provinces in October and early November. Bo often focuses on house churches in rural and remote areas, where Christians are often unaware of their legal rights and the proper ways to defend them
China Aid supports training endeavors like this, which equip Chinese citizens with the knowledge to defend their religious freedom. With an understanding of human rights and rule of law, these citizens are empowered to apply legal procedures against unjust and unlawful actions.
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