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06/01/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – On May 31, five Christians were called to testify for Xunsiding Church, a house church in China’s southeastern Xiamen banned by the government on May 19.

The historic church received an administrative penalty notice after the officials inspected the church. The church also received a fine of approximately USD $3,600. Preacher Yang Xibo was accused of running the church without approval, therefore violating China’s Regulations on Religious Affairs.

Father Francis Liu from the San Francisco-based Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness shared a prayer request on his twitter, “May God lead the five witnesses to effectively prove Preacher Yang’s faithful service, the blessings they have received gathering at Yang’s house, and help them skillfully preach the gospel [during the process].”

Beijing has continued its effort to eliminate house churches and force them to join state-sanctioned churches by raiding several house churches across the country. If they find the campaign to be successful, they will likely continue to broaden the implementation in the months to come.

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