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ICC NOTE: Despite increased persecution in China, the church continues to grow and change the hearts and minds of its people according to an anonymous Chinese Christian. In an interview with China Aid, a Chinese Christian who wished to remain anonymous, informed the non-profit of the progress the church is making despite cross demolitions and multiple arrests of pastors and other Christians. It is a positive sign to see such a positive outlook from those in China knowing how difficult it is for the church. It is a reminder for us as well who do not face persecution on a daily basis to be thankful for being in a nation who protects religious freedom. We must continue to work towards the goal of international religious freedom for all, regardless of religion and political environment.  

6/13/2016 China (Christian Post) – Despite China’s ongoing crackdown on Christians, believers’ faith is growing stronger in the world’s most populous nation, one church member reveals in an interview with China Aid.

He also called on the United States to take an active role to help Christians in China.

China Aid reported that the interview was conducted back in May with a member of Huoshi Church in China’s central Guizhou province, which has been serially targeted by the Communist Party. Government officials have been persecuting minority religious people on an increasing basis, with a separate China Aid report noting that 20,000 people suffered religious persecution throughout 2015.

The church member, who chose to remain anonymous, reflected that despite the ongoing church and rooftop crosses demolition campaign, along with the arrests of hundreds of Christians and pastors, Christianity is helping transform the hearts and minds of people.

“According to the Bible, the Church grows even faster under persecution. [For instance], you can see that in Europe and the United States — maybe not in Texas, however, but in Germany — the Church is shrinking. This is a very free country, and the government and people respect religion, but even still [the church shrinks],” the man said.

“In China, even though there is so much persecution, the church still grows. Personally, from my perspective as a Christian, I don’t think all this persecution is totally a bad thing [since it helps the Church grow].”

He revealed that Huoshi Church is facing a number of struggles, such as the arrest of several of its members.

“There are so many. A case is going to be tried soon. We have four victims in jail. One pastor, Pastor Su, was released, but he is on bail and is still considered to be a criminal, so there are five cases [involving people]. We also sued the [Urban] Management Bureau. This is another case. So, we have six cases. If we put them all together, there are six cases,” the church member said.

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