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ICC Note: Below is an excerpt of an announcement published by the Shouwang Church in Beijing. The church has been holding outdoor worship services since government authorities expelled the members from their building nearly a year ago. The members continue to show up for services, despite the high risk of being arrested for attempting to attend. 
 
02/28/2012 China (ChinaAid) -Dear brothers and sisters:
Peace in the LORD! On this past Sunday, we held the ninth outdoor worship service of this year. We had a sunny day, and believers continued to worship our LORD with faith and hope.
Last Friday, a sister was once again taken away to be detained in a hotel and was not released until Sunday morning. As far as we know, on Sunday morning, at least fifteen believers were taken away from locations near the platform for attending the outdoor service. Some believers were released on the way, and the rest of them were sent to three local police stations. The last believer was released around 20:00 pm on Sunday.
March is approaching, and we are still in the status of having to hold outdoor service. However, as we suffer from hardships in this special period of time, we experience God’s abundant mercy and grace in a much deeper way; the love and care that believers have for each other on every Sunday is much more precious and sweet. Through this special experience, Christ is manifested to the world; through his church, God manifests his presence and power to the world. May the LORD strengthen us, guide us, and help us. May his will be done among us soon.

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