Officers form a human wall in front of Xunsiding Church.
Officers form a human wall in front of Xunsiding Church.
Aug 01, 2019 • China

Historic Church in Southeastern China Closed

An influential unregistered church in southeast China was forced to close earlier this year after months of hostilities. In May, officials broke into the Xunsiding Church in Fujian province for an inspection, and issued a fine equivalent to $36,000 and closed the church. A church-run kindergarten had already been closed earlier in the year. Officials subsequently placed guard stations around the perimeter of the church and maintained a human wall of police and other officials for the month of June to prevent church members from entering. On June 30, Pastor Yang Xibo’s wife attempted to enter the building and was stopped. Officials told her the building could not be used for religious events. Xunsiding Church was founded in 1950 and has been in operation for nearly 70 years. Pray that members of the church will continue to gather secretly despite the loss of their building.

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