Officials in central Henan province recently informed some church leaders of their intent to seize the church’s building and turn it into a hotel. Although the church is a member of the officially recognized Three-Self Patriotic Movement, officials banned the church from meeting last year. The church continued to meet, but in May 2019 authorities told church leaders they would arrest church members if they gathered for worship again.
Church members are undecided on how to respond. In 2018, the government closed hundreds of churches in Henan province and removed crosses from other church buildings. Pray for the wisdom of church leaders and members as they decide how to approach officials, and pray for all Christians in Henan province who are facing these restrictions.