A persecuted church in China’s central Hubei province is meeting on the streets and meeting in church members’ homes after their landlord refused to renew their lease. Earlier this year, Yanji Christian Church began meeting outside when government officials prohibited them from entering their building. On several occasions, people hired by the authorities threw firecrackers at the Christians and doused them in mud.
In December 2016, the church received a notice from the Echeng District Religious Affairs Bureau that banned its services and religious activities, saying that they conducted them without government permission, and further forbade any missionary programs from being carried out there. Now, their lease has expired, and the landlord is refusing to renew it, most likely due to government pressure. FULL STORY