Chinese authorities sentenced a Christian woman to 10 days of detention after her non-Christian husband reported her for tutoring children.
The husband of Lishi Christian Church member Liu Cui reported her for tutoring six children Oct. 11 at a co-op group of Lishi Church Academy, stated the human rights group ChinaAid. After her husband informed the Education Bureau, Religion Bureau and Public Security Bureau, authorities raided the academy, confiscating Bibles and other materials. Authorities also gathered information on all parents present at the time at the academy, located in Luliang in China’s Shanxi province.
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The Communist Party of China has, in the recent past, increased its effort to squelch Christian education.
It has instituted laws to force parents to send their children to public schools. In addition, the group has raided and outlawed house church schools and academies, as well as arresting academy founders and teachers, states ChinaAid.
Despite the scrutiny they suffer, many Chinese Christians still choose parochial or homeschool education for their children. ChinaAid says the majority of the approximately 50,000 homeschool families in China are Christian.
China is No. 16 on Open Doors’ 2023 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.