What if going to college meant you had to stop going to church? That’s part of the latest persecution trend in China. Todd Nettleton, the spokesman for The Voice of the Martyrs USA, says Communist officials are targeting Christian kids.
“I [spoke] earlier this week with one of my coworkers who has been involved in China for decades … he talked about how children are being used against their Christian parents, and that’s happening in several different ways,” Nettleton says.
Officials ask younger children very specific questions about their parents’ church activity. Plus, authorities pressure Christian parents regarding their older children’s opportunities.
“Children are being used, essentially, as spies against their parents. On the other end of the spectrum, parents who attend church are threatened with their children’s education,” he continues.
“[Officials tell parents,] ‘Do you want your children to attend university in China? You must stop being involved in the Church.’”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage Christian families in China.
- Pray that God will protect Christian children, who are forbidden to attend Sunday school.
- Pray believers will remain faithful to Christ no matter the circumstances.
- Pray for God’s protection of the few house churches that are still meeting.