China: Christian Family Threatened with Eviction

October 6, 2022

For background on Orthodox Christianity in China, see here.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in China, see here.

“Christian Family Threatened with Eviction in China,” International Christian Concern, October 4, 2022:

10/04/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) is a house church in China whose members have faced substantial persecution from the Chinese government over the last few years.

On Friday, September 30, several Christians belonging to ERCC received eviction notices. Without providing an explanation, their landlord told them that they needed to move out as soon as possible.

As soon as Shu Qiong and her husband received the phone call, they asked their landlord if he was being threatened by the government to force them out. He denied it, and offered to refund their breach penalty and rent.

Suspecting that the landlord was lying to her, Shu said, “You are also under pressure in this matter, for which I am very sorry. I only ask God to remember your grievances. I can understand the pressure you are under. It would indeed be quite tempting if I could take your breach of contract and find another house and sign a high one, as if not only would it be no loss to me, but I would easily be able to make some money. But I am a Christian, and although I am poor, so poor that I need to rent a house and be driven around, I still know that it is not pleasing to God to covet unjust money in this way.”

Shu and her husband ultimately refused to move out, stating that they would move out when the lease was up since they had not broken any laws. She said that she and her husband would face the legal consequences of this decision if they needed to….