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[Today’s Prayer] Five leaders of Anhui Bible Church in China are raided and arrested


An incident occurred in which an elder from a church in Anhui Province, central China, was forcibly taken away by police from his home in front of his 6-year-old daughter. Christian human rights groups are urging his release, saying he is being detained on trumped-up ‘fraud’ charges, the American Christian Post (CP) reported.

According to the Associated Press, in the early morning of last November, Ding Zhongfu, an elder at Ganquan Church, was forcibly detained and interrogated by five police officers who raided his home and searched the apartment where his wife, Ge Yunxia, ​​and their young daughter were located. I was hit. According to a Christian group, four leaders of the Ganquan Church were also arrested on the same charges.


Ding's family, who is currently detained on fraud charges, directly contradicts the police's claims. On the 1st, police called Gewinsha and told her that her husband was in criminal custody on fraud charges, but did not show her any copies of documents acknowledging they were investigating.


Bob Fu, head of ChinaAid, a U.S.-based Christian human rights group, called for Ding's extradition and said China would crack down on "alleged fraud" against leaders of state-sanctioned churches as well as house churches. stated that it is increasing. “Many Christians have suffered harsh persecution on trumped-up charges of fraud,” Pastor Fu told The Associated Press.


Ganquan Church, which has about 400 to 500 attendees, has had to move its worship location several times over the past 10 years due to pressure from the government. Church members raised donations to purchase the building, but police continued to ban religious gatherings.


In China, religions that are considered foreign, especially Christianity, Islam, and Tibetan Buddhism, are severely persecuted.


The Chinese government has partially allowed Christian worship only in officially registered churches. However, many believers are choosing home churches to avoid state interference, and in recent years, the Chinese government has been cracking down on house churches.

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“We are seriously concerned about the way the Communist regime treats state-sanctioned churches,” Pastor Fu said in a statement. “They previously demanded sole loyalty to the Communist Party, but after the 20th National Party Congress, they are now seen as sympathizing with Xi Jinping.” “The emphasis has shifted,” he said.


“Their goal is not only to foster ‘socialist-friendly’ churches, but also to destroy them,” Fu said. “As China continues to grow on the world stage, the international community must recognize these trends and developments,” he urged.

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“Regardless of whether they are independent churches or churches belonging to the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, many churches are being monitored and closed. “It is still illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to attend church,” he said. “The old notion that a church was only seen as a threat if it got too big, too political, or invited foreign guests is no longer a reliable guideline.”



I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:14-17)

Elder Ding Zhongfu of a church in China's Anhui Province was forcibly arrested by police on suspicion of fraud.


We have heard that not only Elder Ding Zhongfu, but also home churches, church leaders, and many Christians in China are being harshly persecuted on trumped-up charges of fraud.

Lord, please hold on to the Chinese church members who do not belong to the world but believe in the name of Jesus, keeping their faith.


Only the Lord knows the injustice and pain of those who cannot worship peacefully and are monitored and oppressed due to government pressure.


Lord, amid the government's on-going pressure and persecution, please sanctify them with the truth and help them become Chinese church saints who will not fall into evil and keep their faith until the end.


Please help the Chinese church who are holding on to the name of Jesus until the end, trusting in the Lord who is with us until the end of the world and is praying for us.


Please protect the house churches in China who long for worship and for Word while facing fear, and help them to rise up as strong and courageous church that will share the gospel to their neighbors and to all nations.


May they rise up as the holy Chinese Church who will overcome all persecution in the last days, sharing about Jesus Christ to all the world.

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