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ICC Note:

Living in China as a Christian is extremely dangerous since the Chinese government persecutes Christians and anything related to its faith.  Unfortunately, the government has many restrictions on Christian churches and does not allow any open form of evangelism or worship. Furthermore, many pastors have been arrested and killed for their public stance on Christianity.

11/1/2017 China (Christian News) –An imprisoned house church pastor filed a lawsuit against local government departments in China’s southern Guizhou province on Oct. 10, claiming his religious freedom had been violated and that a fine was wrongly imposed on him, ChinaAid learned recently.

Li Guozhi, who is known by his alias, Yang Hua, pastored Huoshi Church, the largest house church in Guiyang, Guizhou, until he was taken into police custody for defending a church hard drive and sentenced to two-and-a-half years for “divulging state secrets.” Additionally, the government fined him and another of the church’s pastors, Su Tianfu, 7 million yuan ($1,020,200 USD), an amount the officials claimed the church had received as “illegal income.”

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