House church members questioned, forced to register



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Officials raid Huoshi Church, a house
church in Guizhou province. House
churches are often invaded by
government personnel.
(Photo: China Aid)
China Aid
Reported in Chinese by Qiao Nong. Translated by Carolyn Song.

(Zhuhai, Guangdong—Oct. 26, 2016) Government officials forced tens of Christians to register with the government and summoned eight church members to the police station for questioning on Sept. 27.

According to a woman who attends the church, the public security bureau and police officers raided a church building during a service and informed the Christians that they met illegally. Pulling out forms, the authorities coerced them to provide their names, home addresses, and workplaces.

Additionally, the police held eight of the Christians for more than 10 hours and threatened to further harm the church if they told any news sources about the raid or being summoned. They were released in the early morning of Sept. 28.

A Christian in Guangdong indicated that such warnings are commonplace, and many house churches do not disclose persecution cases due to government threats.

China Aid exposes abuses, such as those experienced by house churches in Guangdong province, in order to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and promote religious freedom in China.


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