Authorities in China have detained two ministers of Beijing’s largest house church.
Jiafu Qie and Chunzi Huang, ministers of Zion Church in Beijing, were arrested several weeks ago. Authorities released Jiafu 10 days later. But Chunzi remains missing.
Police confirmed Chunzi’s arrest when her sister inquired about her unexpected disappearance. The authorities told her Chunzi had been moved to a detention centre to serve 10 days. Sources have yet to hear of her safe release.
Jiafu and Chunzi’s Zion Church is Beijing’s largest unofficial “house church,” home to 1500 members. After refusing to install government CCTV cameras, authorities forced the church to close. But the congregation has continued to meet in secret, leading to the recent arrests.
A local Open Doors partner said, “The arrests of both ministers is likely intended as a warning to their senior pastor, Ezra Jin, who has remained very active in ministry despite the shutdown of his church. He needs our prayers.”
Please pray with our Open Doors community for all those involved.
Pray For China:
- Pray for Chunzi’s safe release.
- Pray Zion Church’s lead pastor, Ezra Jin, will remain steadfast as he leads his congregation in the face of persecution.
- Pray good fruit will come from the ongoing fellowship of the Zion Church congregation.
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