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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Special Announcement on this Coming Sunday Service by Shouwang Church Governing Committee - Jan 13 2012

Decision on Sunday Worship Service on the Next Stage

  I. Notifications
  1. Time and location of this coming Sunday Service: The church governing committee decided that Shouwang church will continue to have outdoor worship service before we can have indoor gatherings [please see Decision on Sunday Worship Service on the Next Stage]. Time and location remain the same for Sunday service on January 15.
               A.           Time: 8:30 am
                B.           Location: The third platform at Zhongguancun Square

  1. Special Notice: We will not hold Sunday service on January 22 since it is the Chinese New Year’s Eve. The normal service will resume on January 29. On January 22, believers can worship with family members, small group members, or attend service at Xinshu Church (morning service at 9:30am and afternoon service at 14:30pm), or at other churches. We hope that believers can spend more time with family, enjoy gatherings with family and friends, and get some rest. May God pour out blessings on you as you gather with family during the Spring Festival.

  1. Notice from Campus Ministry: You can order books for Spiritual Life Plan 321 for the third quarter now (including minor prophets, Isaiah, Chronicles, Psalms, and Proverbs, RMB 15 for each). Please send e-mails to tangbit@gmail.com to order books with indications of your name, the number of books you need, and your contact. The deadline is January 15. You can get books you ordered in the evening of January 18 at Room 1202, Building C, Westhouse International. Bible reading plan for the third quarter will end on July 1, 2012. College students who finish the plan on time will get a gift. College students who finished Bible reading plan for the second quarter on time can send e-mails to tangbit@gmail.com with your name and contact, and you will get a gift. You can still order books for the first and second quarter.

 II. Announcement:
  1. Sunday Service:On January 8, we had our second outdoor worship service as we were forced to after we ended our outdoor service started from April 10 on Christmas. Twenty-four believers were taken to be detained in police stations since they joined the outdoor service. Till noon on January 9, all believers were released.

Shouwang Church Office
01/13/2012
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Shouwang Ranked 6 in Top 10 stories of Christian persecution in 2011 by Compass Direct News

Read full article: http://canadianchristianity.com/author/compass-direct-news/

6 – Shouwang Church Members Arrested Weekly in China

One of the largest unregistered Protestant churches in Beijing was subjected to weekly arrests when it began worshipping outdoors on April 10, after authorities pressured landlords to keep them out of their purchased and rented properties. Leaders of the 1,000-member church said the landlord of their venue had been under mounting pressure from authorities to terminate the lease, and the government also prevented the church from using the premises it had purchased in late 2009. Shouwang had paid 27 million yuan, or about US$4 million, for the second floor of the Daheng Science and Technology Tower in northwest Beijing’s Zhongguancun area. Authorities interfered, and the property developer refused to hand the key over to the church.

The members of the church’s governing committee, two pastors and three elders, and other major co-workers have been under house arrest for the whole or much of the time since April 9. Hundreds of other people, including many Shouwang parishioners and some members of other churches in Beijing and other cities, were detained for between a few hours to two days.

The church was unwilling to be subject to the controls and restrictions of the official Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), as it disagrees with TSPM beliefs and controls. Many unregistered evangelical Protestant groups refuse to register with TSPM due to theological differences, fear of adverse consequences if they reveal names and addresses of church leaders or members or fear that it will control sermon content.

Shouwang signed a rental contract with a new landlord on Dec. 17, but the landlord terminated the contract due to pressure from “the local police station, the housing management office and leaders of various government agencies,” church leaders announced to members on Dec. 23. Church leaders had arranged to have an indoor meeting on Sunday (Jan. 1) in a room leased from the Beijing Parkview Wuzhou Hotel on Dec. 17, but due to police interference and the cancellation of the lease, they continued meeting outdoors for services – with the arrests also continuing.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Christmas marked by hostility for many Christians

Christian Today/ Jan 6, 2012
Christmas 2011 was not so much a time of peace and joy but violence and hostility for many Christians around the world, the international director of Barnabas Fund has said.

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo is asking Christians to pray for believers who experienced attacks, intimidation or detention during the festive season.

Christmas Day attacks on churches in Nigeria killed at least 50 people. Islamic militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were condemned by the international community and reported widely in the media.

Lesser known acts of violence over Christmas include an acid attack on a church leader in Uganda. Umar Mulinde had acid thrown in his face outside his church in Kampala on Christmas Eve, causing severe burns to the right side of his face, neck and arms.
It is believed that Mulinde, a former Muslim sheikh, was attacked because of his conversion and open stand against the introduction of Kadhi – or Sharia – courts in Uganda.

In India, around 20 Hindu extremists attacked Christians in Karnataka State as they gathered for a meal on Christmas Day.
The attackers forced their way into the home where the meal was being held and started to beat up the group of Christians, which included women and children.

According to Barnabas Fund, some of the victims were seriously wounded.

In Kandhamal, in Orissa State, the home of a young Christian couple was burned down on Christmas Eve as they attended a Christmas celebration in their village.
In Mangalore, a nativity scene was set on fire, and in Karnataka, a prayer hall was damaged by extremists.

Barnabas Fund has received reports of disruptions to church services in China. In Langzhong city, dozens of police officers broke up an unofficial Christmas Day service being held in a public square.
Police reportedly fired tear gas at the worshippers and detained three of them.

In Beijing, more than 30 members of Shouwang Church were detained by police for taking part in a public Christmas gathering.

The church made international headlines last year after more than 100 members were detained when it tried to hold open-air services.

Authorities also detained around 50 members of unregistered churches in Dongyang, in Zhejiang Province, as they met to plan their Christmas gathering. The pastor and his son were reportedly beaten by the authorities.

In Iran, authorities raided a Christmas service in Ahwaz. They rounded up the congregation, which included children attending the Sunday school, and detained them. Many of the group were interrogated before being released but the senior pastor, his wife and two other church leaders were taken into custody.
Although the pastor’s wife has since been released, there has been no news of the other three. The children were said to have been left severely distressed by the incident.

International Director of Barnabas Fund, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, said: “Once again, for many Christians around the world, the Christmas season has been a time not of peace and joy but of violence and hostility.”
He called upon Christians to pray especially for believers in northern Nigeria.

“Boko Haram's track record of violence makes it all too likely that they will follow up this threat with a religious cleansing of the North,” he said.

“Please pray urgently for the protection of Christians in Northern Nigeria at this time.”

http://in.christiantoday.com/articles/christmas-marked-by-hostility-for-many-christians/6939.htm
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

48 Chinese Christians detained New Year's Day

BEIJING (Baptist Press Jan 3 2012) -- Beijing authorities detained 48 members of a large persecuted house church on New Year's Day, marking a total of more than 1,000 church members who have been taken into police custody during the church's 38 weeks of attempting to hold outdoor worship services.
"By arbitrarily detaining peaceful religious believers in the capital city on the first day of 2012, Beijing authorities show that they are determined to continue their crackdown on independent religious groups in the coming year," Bob Fu, president of China Aid, said.

"In defiance of universal values and in violation of its own laws and constitution, which guarantees religious freedom, China's communist leaders are walking further down the road of the wrong side of history," said Fu, a former Beijing house pastor who was imprisoned for his beliefs.
Among those taken into custody Jan. 1, 30 were believed to have been released by 10 p.m. and the remainder were held overnight at various police stations across the city, China Aid said. Many other church members had been kept under house arrest beginning Friday, the watchdog group said.
Shouwang Church began meeting outdoors in April after being evicted from its rented meeting space and after authorities prevented the church from gathering in a portion of an office building it had purchased.
The church tried three times to rent three different venues, but Beijing authorities have ordered landlords not to rent to them, China Aid said. 
Police arrest the Christians before the services even start and typically free them within 24 hours. China's Domestic Security Protection Squad has maintained constant surveillance outside the homes of senior church leaders, while police have camped outside the doors of other church members from Saturday night until noon Sunday, when service times technically are over, according to China Aid.
Compass Direct News Service reported that early on Christmas morning church members arrived at a public square only to find it heavily guarded with industrial-strength rails blocking access. Police arrested 41 believers who attempted to worship at the site that day, Compass said.
On the church's Facebook page, one church member said Christians who were detained indoors usually felt sorry for those waiting outside in the cold as they were able to "read books and have fellowship in a warm room," Compass reported.
The Facebook post explained that the believer was interrogated on Christmas Day with an officer taunting him for being afraid to give his home address and threatening to hold him long enough for the man to lose his job, Compass said.
Despite the ongoing persecution and winter weather, Shouwang Church leaders say they plan to continue meeting outdoors until a solution is reached.
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Compiled by Baptist Press assistant editor Erin Roach.
http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/BPnews.asp?ID=36879
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Chinese Authorities Again Deny Facility to Shouwang Church

By Compass Direct News Jan 03, 2012
Authorities in China again thwarted efforts by Shouwang Church to lease a worship facility at the year’s end, and the Beijing congregation again met outdoors on Sunday (Jan. 1) – resulting in the arrest of 48 members, sources said.

“The church tried three times to rent thee different venues, but it was all to no avail because of the authorities’ intervention,” a source close to the church told Compass. “On Dec. 17, Shouwang signed a rental contract with a landlord for its new indoor worship venue. Two days later, the church’s books and some other belongings were moved into the new rented space.”

In the days that followed, however, the landlord terminated the contract due to pressure from “the local police station, the housing management office and leaders of various government agencies,” church leaders announced to members on Dec. 23.


Church leaders had initially arranged to have an indoor meeting on Sunday (Jan. 1) in a room they had leased from the Beijing Parkview Wuzhou Hotel on Dec. 17, according to a post on Shouwang’s Facebook page. But due to police interference and the cancellation of the lease, they moved to Plan B – a continuation of the outdoor worship services held every Sunday since April 10.

Shouwang began meeting outdoors last year after authorities blocked their attempts to rent worship venues or use a building they had purchased. Church leaders had hoped the situation would change early in the new year.

“The outdoor worship service has come to an end,” Shouwang had announced on its Facebook page. “We first want to offer our thanksgiving to God … We also pray that God will continue to open a way for us.”

The post also described how the church had recently signed three leases with landlords in Zhongguancun, the area where the church has worshiped since it was founded, but that all three were revoked.

New Year Arrests

Police detained at least 48 church members who gathered for outdoor worship on Sunday (Jan. 1), releasing 40 of them by midnight, Shouwang’s governing committee stated on its Facebook page.

Early on the morning of Dec. 25, church members had arrived at Zhongguancun square only to find it heavily guarded with industrial-strength rails blocking access, the committee reported. Police arrested 41 Christians who attempted to worship at the square, releasing all but one by midnight. The final detainee was released at 3 p.m. on Dec. 26.

During the 38 weeks of outdoor worship in 2011, police detained almost 1,000 church members and held many more under house arrest, according to the committee.

One church member who shared his testimony on the Facebook page on Dec. 26 said that the Christians detained indoors usually felt sorry for those waiting outside in the cold as they were able to “read books and have fellowship in a warm room.” But on Christmas Day an officer interrogated him, taunting him for being afraid to give his home address and threatening to “hold you for more than 10 days so that you will lose your job. I will find out where you live and force you to move.”

“As for my job, no one can fire me if God does not allow it,” the church member wrote. He also advised other church members, “How long they detain you has nothing to do with whether you cooperate with them or not, just as God’s love for you has nothing to do with what you do. So do not be afraid, and be brave in speaking out as the Holy Spirit guides you.”

His advice was timely as Shouwang church plans to continue meeting outdoors until a more permanent solution is found, and officials seem just as determined to stop them.

“By arbitrarily detaining peaceful religious believers in the capital city on the first day of 2012, Beijing authorities show that they are determined to continue their crackdown on independent religious groups in the coming year,” China Aid Association President Bob Fu stated on Sunday (Jan. 1).

http://www.christianpost.com/news/chinese-authorities-again-deny-facility-to-shouwang-church-66275/
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Beijing Shouwang Church Announcement on January 1st Outdoor Worship Service - 39 Week

Dear brothers and sisters:

Peace in the Lord! The outdoor worship service of Shouwang Church since April 10, 2011 came to an end on December 25, 2011. The church governing committee thus decided to have indoor Sunday service, and rented a place for indoor gathering. However, all of the three places the church rented for Sunday service on January 1 cannot be used for indoor gathering since the government interferes. Therefore, the church decided to have outdoor worship service on the third platform of Zhongguancun Square.

As far as we know, on Sunday morning, at least forty-nine believers were taken away for going to the planned location to join the outdoor service, either at the spot or on their way there. Except some individuals were released on the way, most believers were sent to thirteen local police stations of their respective area. Till midnight, forty believers were released home, and the other nine believers were still under detention in five different police stations. The last two believers, detained at Zhongguancun Street police station, were not released till 1:00am on January 3.

The government has been trying to prevent Shouwang from having indoor worship service through all kinds of means, pressing the landlord or the owner of places we rented to cancel the lease contract, and even claims that it is impossible for Shouwang to rent a meeting place for gathering as a whole church. However, the church will continue to make efforts to gather indoors. May the Lord open a way for his church, so that we can worship indoors together soon, and that co-workers and believers who are under house arrest can have freedom soon.

May peace and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the mercy and love of Father God, and the console and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, be with each brother and sister of Shouwang Church and all the churches who remember Shouwang Church in prayers, from this time on and forevermore! Amen.

Beijing Shouwang Church
01/03/2012
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Beijing Shouwang Church Announcement on Planning 2012 First Sunday Service by Church Governing Committee

Worship Plan on this Coming Sunday (01-01-2012) Service by Church Governing Committee

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The outdoor worship service of Shouwang Church since April 10, 2011 has come to an end on December 25, 2011. We first want to offer our thanksgiving to God. Glory be to our God, for he has been protecting us and guiding us till this day during this period of outdoor worship service. We also pray that God will continue to open a way for us. After December 25, Shouwang Church has been trying to find an indoor gathering place, but met obstacles. We signed lease contract with two places, but all got canceled by the landlords as the government gave them pressure, so we won’t be able to gather at these two places. We then made effort to rent a new place, and we need to look to God’s mercy and help to gather at this place.
 
Sunday Service on January 1, 2012:

We temporarily are having one indoor service on Sunday
Time: 8:30-10:30 am
Location: Beijing Parkview Wuzhou, 8 North St Huan Zhong Road


If we are not able to use this indoor gathering place from interference, we have to gather outdoors. Here is the detailed arrangement:

If we get confirmed before 6:00 pm on Saturday that we won’t be able to use this indoor place, the church will inform you to have outdoor service:

(1)  Time: 8:30 am, one service
(2)  Location: The third platform at Zhongguancun Square

If we find out at our arrival on Sunday that we won’t be able to use this indoor place, we will have outdoor service nearby.

Notice

Membership Registration: Those who haven’t submitted your application please submit it as soon as possible.

Wedding: Wang Chuanliang, Ma Chunyin are going to have their wedding ceremony at 9:30 am on January 2 (Monday), at multi-purpose hall at Tsinghua Hotel, Wudaokou. You are welcome to attend it.

Notice on Reimbursement by Finance Department: Please contact Chen Xiaoyan (phone number: 13911883024) before January 3, 2012 if you have any expenses from ministry in 2011 (including Christmas expenses).

Announcement:

Sunday Service: On December 25 (Christmas), we had our last outdoor worship service since we started it on April 10. Forty-one believers (including a sister from Xinshu Church) were taken to be detained in police stations or in a hotel for joining the outdoor service. Forty believers were released till midnight on 25th. The last believer detained was released around 3:00 pm on the 26th. In the past period of having thirty-eight Sunday outdoor worship services, nearly a thousand people were detained, and even more people were restricted.
 
Shouwang Church Office

12/30/2011

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