Persecuted Believers in China Seek Refuge in Thailand

Image depicts Pastor Pan, leader of the Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church. (Photo courtesy of China Aid)

The church that voted to leave China is now in Thailand, hoping to secure refugee status through the United Nations. The Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church, also dubbed “Mayflower Church,” is looking for religious refuge in the United States as its members face persecution from China’s government.

Even in Thailand, believers cannot escape government spies. “They have been watched; they have been followed; back home in China, their families have been visited by the police,” Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says.

“The pressure they’re facing from the Chinese government is very real.”

Like a modern-day exodus, more than 60 believers left China in late 2019 to escape persecution and find a place where they could freely worship God. “They looked at what was happening in China with the crackdown against unregistered churches and, as a congregation, they decided to leave,” Nettleton says.

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Working closely with U.S. officials, China Aid is trying to secure entry for the persecuted Christians. Learn how you can help here.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Ask the Lord to encourage members of the Mayflower Church. Taking a bold stand like this is not easy.
  • If you live in the U.S., consider contacting your elected representatives to advocate on behalf of persecuted Chinese Christians.

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