Chinese Christians Worship Freely for First Time in Taiwan reports: “Some members of the persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church in China were reportedly able to worship publicly for the first time on Sunday in democratically ruled Taiwan after communist authorities shut down their congregation in China as part of Beijing’s widespread crackdown on ethnoreligious minorities across the Asian country.

A family from the persecuted congregation, once home to hundreds of worshippers, joined the much smaller Reformed Presbyterian Xinan Church in Taiwan after fleeing alleged threats to their safety and pressure to renounce their faith in China.

Beijing only allows government-sanctioned churches to operate on Chinese soil. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Chinese authorities in early December 2018 detained more than 100 members of the prominent Early Rain church, which had not been approved by Beijing

The Associated Press (AP) describes the Early Rain congregation as a ‘thorn’ on the side of the communist Chinese government…”

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