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China: Church Leader Targeted

On Nov. 30, Shao Wangui, the leader of a house church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, was arrested without a warrant and later released, according to China Aid Association.

Officials and local villagers targeted Shao Wangui after he and his brother, who are co-owners of the Xinba Shoes Factory, refused to pay a fee to support the building of a Buddhist temple in their village. Wangui also asked the members of his house church to refuse to support the construction project. When the village secretary learned of Wangui’s actions, he began to campaign against believers in the community. In late November, local “vandals” destroyed the brothers’ shoe factory as punishment for refusing to support the temple project.

The Voice of the Martyrs has supported believers in China for more than 30 years. VOM encourages you to pray that this experience will bring Wangui, his brother and the members of this house church closer to Christ. Pray that the persecutors will come to know Christ’s love, forgiveness and blessing through the lives of these Christians.

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