Chinese Christian Churches Targeted in Religious Crackdown
By Katrina Yu
International Christian NGOs say there’s a renewed crackdown against religion in China. It follows a boom in people turning to Christianity – many of whom worship in illegal ‘house churches’ to evade authorities.
In an old apartment building in Beijing, a covert gathering of a dozen Christians takes place every Friday. They meet to read the bible, pray and sing Christian songs.
“We’ve been questioned by the police before. Friday is a less obvious day for us to meet,” says Pastor Xu Yonghai.
Every other day of the week the apartment is simply home to Pastor Xu and his wife. But on Friday it becomes a ‘house church.’
Photo: Chinese Communists remove Christian cross from church.