Communist officials raid church-run elementary school camp in China
Communist authorities in China’s Henan province raided an elementary school summer camp hosted by a house church and arrested the pastor’s wife after accusing the Christians there of “conducting illegal religious activities.”
According to persecution watchdog China Aid, some 30 authorities with Xinyang City Gushi County Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau, Public Security Bureau, and the Joint Chengguan (urban management force) Task Force raided a house church near Gushi Third Middle School North Campus on the 23rd of August.
The leader of the church, Wang Guangming, told China Aid that the church was hosting summer camp on the day of the raid. Though students were learning piano, guitar, and music theory, authorities accused leaders of “conducting religious activities” and arrested the pastor’s wife.
Henan is one of the provinces in China that has the highest number of Christians, with an estimated 5 million to 6 million believers. The Xinyang City Gushi County Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau announced that from the 20th of August to the 20th of September it would conduct a month long investigation to crack down on illegal religious activities.