ONGOING CRACKDOWN IN CHINA
According to The Christian Post, Christians in China have revealed new details about the Communist Party’s ongoing crackdown on religion. The Associated Press reported recently on what believers have described as increasing persecution under President Xi Jinping’s government, which has ordered several churches to be demolished while others have been forced to remove crosses and paintings of Jesus. A 62-year-old shopkeeper from Henan province opened up about what he and other Christians have suffered, such as local officials showing up at their church and demanding that the cross, Bible verse calligraphy, and a painting of the “Last Supper” be taken down.
CHURCH CLOSURES IN RWANDA
A report from ChristianHeadlines.com suggests that more than 8,000 churches in Rwanda have been closed by the government as part of an alleged crackdown on unsafe structures, although religious liberty advocates say the government is closing congregations that should be considered acceptable. Christians in the country fear the movement is a cover for the government’s drive toward secularism.
CHURCH PLANTING IN ENGLAND
Eternity News reports that, in its homeland, the Church of England is doing something that most denominations in Western countries have not been able to ignite or sustain. It is taking Church planting seriously, and will spend 47 million dollars to create 100 new churches by 2020.