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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (7:47 pm)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Li believes the perpetrators were working for the local government as part of attempt “to threaten house church leaders.”

Church leader Li Shuangping says he has been attacked by government forces.

Church leader Li Shuangping says he has been attacked by government forces.

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– Chinese government forces threatened to kill a prominent church leader and his family after beating him, as part of a crackdown on house churches, his supporters said Tuesday, August 20.

Church leader Li Shuangping, a leader at the Linfen house church movement, reported that he was attacked by unknown assailants on the night of August 13 while driving home in Shanxi Province, explained China Aid Association (CAA), a group supporting Chinese Christians.

In published remarks, Li said he was forced to stop his car when a man who seemed to be intoxicated staggered into the road.

He was then allegedly dragged into a black car which had pulled up alongside his vehicle. The church leader told CAA he had been, tied up, blindfolded, and pinned down while three men beat him around his head and body.

One man also allegedly threatened to kill Li and his family members, including his children.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013 (9:33 am)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

several unregistered Christian groups have been closed down, fined or had their members detained by police

Chinese Christians have been praying for their country amid reported persecution.

Chinese Christians have been praying for their country amid reported persecution.

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– Several churches in northwest China faced another day of tensions Saturday, August 17, amid a wider government crackdown on devoted Christian groups and the detention of believers, Chinese Christians said.

Pastor Tan Wen was among those remaining behind bars in the troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after he received a 15-day sentence following an August 4 raid on a worship service, according to Christians with close knowledge about the situation.

At least 20 police officers from the nearby Urumqi Municipal Public Security Bureau and Xishan Police Station were reportedly involved in the operation, the latest in a series of attacks against especially unregistered churches, though even official denominations have become targets, activists said.

He was reportedly earlier detained for 10 days after fve officers without police uniform raided a worship service on June 9. In both case security forces allegedly failed to show proper documentation or followed legal procedures, Christians said.

This wasn’t an isolated incident as several unregistered Christian… Continue reading

Monday, August 5, 2013 (8:06 pm)
By BosNewsLife Asia Service

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– Chinese Pastor Samuel Lamb, who spent more than 20 years in a forced labor camp and prison for his house church activities, has died, his supporters confirmed Monday, August 5.

Chinese Pastor Samuel Lamb has died at age 88.

Chinese Pastor Samuel Lamb has died at age 88.

Lamb, whose last name was also spelled as Lam, passed away Saturday, August 3, in Guangzhou city at the age of 88, said Open Doors USA, a major advocacy and aid group with close ties to Chinese house church Christians.

Born in 1924 in a mountainous area overlooking Macau, he was raised as a Christian while his father pastored a small Baptist church, Christians said.

As a young enthusiastic preacher, Lamb was first detained during what Christians called “one of the first big waves of persecution” under Chinese leader Mao Zedong and was held in prison from 1955 to 1957.

The Chinese authorities sentenced him a second time in 1958. “He spent 20 gruesome years in labor camps, where he mostly worked in coal mines,” Open Doors USA recalled. Despite the reported harsh punishments, Lamb continued to teach the Christian… Continue reading