At least 13 members of a Beijing church were arrested Sunday, May 8, in the fifth straight week of its defiance of the Chinese government, which continued to force people out of their homes in an effort to pressure the congregation.
One family learned they were being kicked out of their home at 6:40 Sunday morning, before the service even began.
The high-profile clash between the government and Shouwang Church -- one of the largest unregistered illegal churches in Beijing -- has led to hundreds of house arrests or detentions. More than 500 church members were placed under arrest on Easter weekend alone, prevented from leaving their houses or apartments....
As these Christians are persecuted they show Christ's love to others and even more hear the gospel. The church is growing very quickly in China. We must pray for them and all who come in contact with them - friend or foe.