Christian Schools in Coastal Provinces Raided by Chinese Authorities
12/21/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – Two Christian schools were raided by the Chinese authorities last week, as Beijing increasingly clamps down on Christian education.
According to China Aid, on December 19, a Christian school in Fuzhou city, Fujian province, sent out an urgent prayer request as the school in a fishing village was reported to the government as a “cult” and raided in the afternoon of December 18.
The county government sent more than 50 police officers and 20 armed police force to the school. There were dozens of students and faculty at the scene. The school was asked to send the students home, while all the teachers on stand-by to face investigation.
The books, equipment, and property of the school were removed and confiscated. The 6458 sqft campus will soon be demolished.
On December 15, a Christian school in Guangdong province’s Shunde also was raided in a joint operation by the local Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau, Public Security Bureau, and surrounding community. From kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, to high school, all the grades were affected. This was the third time the school was raided.
The teachers and leadership in school are still discussing how to best handle the situation.
Many Christians in China, especially those who attend house churches, are wary of the public education provided by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as their children are taught atheism and to uphold socialism. As a result, many concerning parents would rather send their children to private Christian schools or homeschool to avoid the brainwashing of the CCP.
Longing after people’s loyalty to the CCP, Beijing considers these Christian institutions dangerous given their Biblical teaching and refusal to adhere to CCP’s ideology. More and more Christian schools across China have been raided and forced to shut down in the latest crackdown.
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