China Deports 13 South Korean Christian Families Because of Their Evangelistic Mission Work

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 18, 2017. | (Photo: REUTERS/Aly Song)

Thirteen South Korean families living in China as part of a mission group were deported after Communist officials decided the Christians’ stay in the country was “illegal” due to their evangelistic work. 

Recently, a Korean missionary who was deported from China a year ago recounted to International Christian Concern how the Chinese government attempts to curb Christianity and limit the number of North Korean defectors by deporting those suspected of sharing the Gospel.

He shared how, in 2016, the group’s leader arrived at the Yanji station, only to be arrested by security forces. Not long after, authorities brought the rest of the mission team — thirteen families in total — to the police station as well.

Many of the missionaries were arrested from their homes, and the detainees included young children and a senior in her 60s. Following an all-night investigation, police slapped a charge of “being missionaries” to the families and told them their stay in China was illegal given their evangelistic work.

Under Chinese law, foreigners are prohibited from setting up religious organizations or proselytizing in China, although the law wasn’t enforced until President Xi Jinping took office in 2012, according to the South China Morning Post. 

However, the missionary told ICC that contrary to the police’s claim, the families were mainly teaching Bible to the North Koreans, who regularly visit China with Pyongyang’s permission—not proselytizing Chinese citizens.

Nevertheless, the families were given a week to sell all their assets, including cars and houses before their deportation. In January of 2017, all 13 families were deported from China.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett

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