In recent years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities have been constantly increasing the intensity of their crackdown on religious freedom. They often aggressively attack foreign missionaries evangelizing in China, on the grounds of “resisting foreign religious infiltration.” As a result, many foreign missionaries have been arrested and forcibly deported by the CCP.
In February, more than 30 government officials paid a visit to Pastor Li Zheng’s (pseudonym) home in Yunnan’s Fugong county. His home was a house church with nearly 150 members. The officials were there to order him to shut it down, claiming, “Privately setting up a meeting place was a violation of the law.” They also told him to attend the government-controlled Three-Self Protestant church in his neighborhood instead.