Written by: Barnabas Fund
Article source: news.barnabasfund.org

According to a Bitter Winter report, a widowed Chinese Christian in her 60s had her government support subsidy terminated after she refused to remove Christian pictures from her home and “stop believing in God”.

The Christian in Fuzhou city, in the south-eastern province of Jiangxi, had received the monthly pension subsidy of 250 Yuan (£28; $35; €31) since her husband died in 2018.

She was told by government officials that her only means of support would be removed if the images were not taken down. “Because the Communist Party feeds you, you must only believe in it, not God,” said the official.

Two months later the woman’s benefits were cancelled because she refused to remove the images.

In April, an 80-year-old Christian woman in Yingtan city was forced to cover up a cross image in her home by officials or face losing her pension allowance.

In the same month, a paralysed Christian nursing home resident in Fuzhou was threatened with losing his incapacity support including housing, food and medical care, as officials tore down images of Jesus from his room.

In January, a Christian woman (70) in Shandong was told to replace religious items in her home with portraits of Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong or her welfare support might be cancelled.

A believer facing similar threats from officials in in Henan said, “What should I do without my income? How can I reason with them? It’s just like the Cultural Revolution.”

Click here to KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE weekly newsletter.


Date published: 26/06/2020

DISCLAIMER
JOY! News is a Christian news portal that shares pre-published articles by writers around the world. Each article is sourced and linked to the origin, and each article is credited with the author’s name. Although we do publish many articles that have been written in-house by JOY! journalists, we do not exclusively create our own content. Any views or opinions presented on this website are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company. 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here