RELEASE INTERNATIONAL 8/28/2014
|CHINA – Church leaders detained, churches and crosses demolishedAt least ten leaders from house churches across Hunan province in central China have been detained in what appears to be an ongoing crackdown.The ten were accused of organising 'cults' and 'sects' and 'undermining law enforcement'. They have been criminally detained, which Release partner China Aid says is the first step towards a formal charge which 'almost inevitably' leads to a conviction. Four other Christians have been taken to Shaoyang city for a month of 'compulsory study'.The arrests have been linked to an incident in which a Christian woman handing out Gospel tracts on the street gave one to a government employee from a local police station. A local Christian said 'the entire police forced was mobilised' to round up the Christians; money, Bibles and church equipment were confiscated from homes and churches.Meanwhile, church demolitions and 'modifications' continue in coastal Zhejiang province. Officials removed the cross on Salvation Church in Wenzhou on August 14, after weeks of confrontations between Christians and government demolition teams. And in Zhejiang's provincial capital, Hangzhou, the large Gulou Church was forcibly demolished on August 13.(Source: China Aid)For a country profile about China, click here.
Please pray for the immediate release of all Christians detained by Hunan officials in the latest crackdown. Pray for an end to Zhejiang officials' church demolitions and cross removals.
Pray that Christians in both Hunan and Zhejiang provinces will know that God is their rock and their deliverer (Psalm 18:2).
NEWS UPDATES:Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle County Christian Church in China's Henan province has lost his final appeal against a 12-year prison sentence for 'fraud' and gathering a crowd to disrupt public order' (Prayer Alert, July 8). Pray that Pastor Zhang and his family will know God's peace: pray too that he will be released early, despite this ruling. (Source: ChinaAid)Sources in Iran say that Pastor Farshid Fathi has been transferred from Tehran's Evin Prison to a ward at Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj where Iran's most hardened criminals are held. The reason for the transfer is unknown. Pray that God will protect Pastor Farshid, who was attacked by Revolutionary Guards in April (Prayer Alert, April 24). (Source: Mohabat News)
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Acts 21 Now they have been informed about you that you continually teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn back from and forsake Moses...Therefore do just what we tell you. With us are 4 men who have taken a vow upon themselves. Take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses [for a temple offering],...Thus everybody will know that there is no truth in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself walk in observance of the Law of Moses.