Please pray for our brothers and sisters in China where local officials appear to be clamping down on house churches.
Authorities in the southern province of Guangdong have forced Huaqiao City Church out of its premises, by pressuring its landlord to end its lease. All other potential landlords the church has approached have refused to rent out property.
Meanwhile, in Guizhou, also in the south, a court has ruled in favour of seizing Huaqiu Church in Tongzi county. The house church appears to have lost its 18-month legal battle against officials’ claim it was illegal and should be confiscated. Church members insist it was officially registered.
And in Xinjiang province, northwest China, police have accused a house church in Xinjiang of being ‘unregistered’ and its members of ‘illegal activities’. Three members were detained for 27 days after a police raid in November: they have since been released.
- Please pray that these Christians will stand firm in their faith and that God would provide them with premises in which to meet.
- That believers across China will radiate God’s glory in their communities (2 Corinthians 3:18) so His church continues to grow.
(Source: China Aid)
We’re delighted to report that Iraqi pastor Dhiya Aziz, who went missing in Syria just before Christmas (Prayer Alert, January 4), is now safe. Colleagues feared he had been abducted by militants in Idlib governorate for a second time; he was previously kidnapped and held for several days last July. The circumstances of his recent disappearance are unclear. (Source: Middle East Concern)
A court in Sudan has cleared our brother Hafez Mengisto of Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church of charges relating to his attempts to defend his church against demolition last July (Prayer Alert, January 4). Ask God to protect Pastor Hafez and strengthen his congregation. (Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)