80 year old man arrested at prayer meeting (China)

Officers of the Chinese Public Security Bureau (PSB) raided a house church meeting in Xiao Shan City, Zhejiang Province, very early on July 13, breaking up a prayer and devotional meeting, assaulting Christians and arresting three church leaders. The raid came at 4 a.m. on a Sunday morning, when Christians were meeting for prayer.

Chinese authorities refuse to comment on Pastor Gong

Following the news that Pastor Gong Shengliang was near death (News Flash 12 June) a large number of concerned human rights groups have contacted Jingzhou prison where Pastor Gong is being held.. Prison officials have only confirmed that Pastor Gong is being held there but have refused to comment on his condition.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy in Dublin have not responded to enquiries from CCFC and the Chinese Embassy in the USA has shut down its public email account. (VOM)

PRAY… that Pastor Gong will receive the medical treatment which he needs and that his life will be preserved.

Strike Hard campaign hits underground church (China)

At least 52 key house church leaders have been arrested in recent months, mainly in the provinces of Henan and Anhui.

On April 2, senior house church leader, Elder Chen, was arrested in Anhui province along with his son, 17. One of the most wanted house church leaders in China, Chen had evaded capture for years, moving from house to house and meeting with his family only on rare occasions. Elder Chen was released from prison in mid-May but his case remains sensitive and friends continue to ask for prayer for his safety.

Chinese Government Attacks Pastor Gong

A Chinese government delegation has launched a propaganda attack against Pastor Gong Shengliang (leader of the South China Church). The delegation which visited the USA last month accused Pastor Gong and his followers of beating those who refused to join his church and also of rape. It was also claimed that Christian leaders in China denounce Pastor Gong as “Satan” and “devil”.