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ICC Note: For eight years the China House Church Alliance has banded together to assist churches and Christians facing harassment and persecution for their faith. The group promotes engaging in rational discussion with authorities and educating members on their basic civil liberties. At least one pastor shared at the anniversary services how authorities had harassed the church more than 40 times and even launched cyber attacks on the church. ICC continues to monitor the situation for Chinese house churches closely. 
7/11/2013 China (ChinaAid) – As the China House Church Alliance celebrated its eighth anniversary, 40 pastors and church co-workers from various places in China such as Sichuan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong, Shanxi, Beijing, and Henan successfully held a three-day worship service in Baihe, Nanyang, Henan. During this special occasion, the participants carefully studied the Scripture. Church co-workers shared their experiences about the growth and development of their churches in recent years. They also exchanged their own knowledge about recent persecutions of various churches by the department of religious affairs and the local police. Rev. Jingxiang Lu from Anhui shared his experiences of being persecuted by the local police; Rev. Wu from Wuhan, who served many years in a Three-Self church, claimed that the police expelled him from the church he built with his congregants and then occupied the church. Sister Xu from Xianling told a similar story. Rev. Tieling Zhang from Fanxian, Henan, experienced persistent persecution ranging from forced closure of his home to his wife’s being beating and arrest.
Rev. Mingxuan Zhang highlighted that even now, eight years after its establishment, the China House Church Alliance has routinely been oppressed by the local police and the department of religious affairs. The authorities have harassed them more than 40 times and have also launched cyber-attacks against the churches. Yet, in the Lord, they have withstood all the persecutions suffered. For the past eight years the China House Church Alliance has helped many churches defend their rights by legal means and have kept close contact with churches across the country. The alliance provides a network through which churches are mutually encouraged and offer help to each other, seeking to glorify God in all their actions. To defend their values and principles, they engage in rational discourse with various local governments in order to legally protect their rights to freedom of religion.

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