2014 was one of the worst years of religious persecution in China. For the first time the Chinese government has labeled house church members like Pastor Joshua “cult” leaders.
Pastor Wang Dao, also know as Joshua, founded the Liangren house church in 2005 in Guangzhou, China. While pastoring this house church, Pastor Wang was consistently arrested and detained for leading worship gatherings in his home. The members of his church faced persecution, including raids on their church, being forcibly removed from worship services, and enduring interrogations and threats from public security officers.
Unfortunately, Pastor Joshua and the Liangren church join a lineage of house churches and their leaders who have been persecuted by the government since the 1950s. This lineage includes well-known church leaders like Pastor Wang Mingdao, Pastor “Watchman” Nee, Pastor Allan Yuan, and Pastor Samuel Lamb, all of whom refused to join government sanctioned churches, some of whom, died as martyrs.
After immigrating to the U.S., Pastor Joshua and his wife Sun Haiping began pastoring the Christ Beloved Chinese Church (CBCC) in Vienna, VA and continue to work tirelessly to support the house church movement in China.
Please pray Pastor Joshua’s prayer for China and pray for him and his wife to remain steadfast and for their efforts to raise awareness of the persecution of Christians and people of all faiths.
Kody Kness is Vice President of China Aid. He previously served as International Human Rights Advisor for U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, Associate Director for Government Relations and Outreach at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, foreign policy consultant on international religious freedom and national security for Human Rights First. He is on the Steering Committee for the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. Kness holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) and Honors Degree from Arizona State University, and has studied at the People’s University of China, the University of British Colombia, and Penn State University. Kness is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Liberty University.