Martyrdom of Liu Haitao Confirmed in China

On October 16, 2000, twenty-one-year-old Liu Haitao from Henan province in central China died as the result of severe police beatings. Although the immediate cause of his death was a kidney ailment that flared up after police mistreatment and a harsh imprisonment, there is no question his death was the result of his witness for Christ, which makes him a martyr for the faith. Local Christians in the area plan to observe October 16 as a memorial day to the life of the young Christian.

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Fears Grow That China Will Class House Churches as Cults

Authorities Urged to Determine Whether Cults are 'Harmful to Society' by Alex Buchan LONDON (Compass) -- The Chinese government sponsored an International Symposium on Evil Cults in Beijing November 8-10 that urged local authorities not to inquire too closely into the beliefs of accused cults. Instead, authorities were encouraged to assess whether they are "harmful ... Read more

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Ongoing Harassment of the Church in China

ANHUI PROVINCE

"The most severe persecution happened to us on Sunday, October 17, 1999. They detained 150 Christians and prepared to send some of them to 'reform through education' camps for three years. They fined some of us 2,000 RMB. They didn't even give me a receipt. (Society here is now so corrupt!) But we did not cease to meet."

-- Letter from Mr. Zhang dated March 28, 2000

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