Due to severe persecution of The Church of Almighty God, the children of the believers on the run from authorities cannot attend schools to receive the compulsory nine years of education.
Authorities Against Christians
An internal document from one of the municipalities in this northern province reveals a score-based motivational system for government and Communist Party personnel involved in the crackdown on churches. Top scores are given for the extinction of underground Catholics.
Bao Shuguang, a senior leader of The Church of Almighty God from Shandong, was picked up by authorities in June last year. She and four other church leaders were handed lengthy prison sentences this October.
Authorities in Henan not only illegally clamped down on a church but also harassed and threatened young children.
Cities and villages across Shanxi are implementing special measures as part of the nation-wide “struggle to clean up gang crime and eliminate evil.” Promoted as a campaign against organized crime, it is yet one more of President Xi’s initiatives targeting religious groups and churches in China.
Some believers from The Church of Almighty God were taken into custody, and others were forced to flee their homes as a result of a special arrest operation launched by authorities in mid-October.
The church’s pastor was detained and the believers were prohibited from congregating at the venue again.
Authorities in some cities of Hebei Province implemented special campaigns earlier this year to crack down on churches that are not part of the government-controlled Catholic organization, closing down places of worship and arresting members of the clergy.
Officials across provinces in China show no leniency or restraint when attacking elderly believers; brutal interrogations, shut down senior homes and denied pensions – anything that works in the war against religious liberty.
Police officers and government officials raided a gathering place of the Eternal Life Christian Church in Fujian’s Fuzhou and ordered to cease gatherings, in complete disregard to religious regulations and law enforcement procedures.