“Christians raised the funds to build the church, and now it's gone"
I went to visit it after hearing about the demolition order. Hundreds of people were occupying the church. They were cooking meals there, and using the pews as beds. Some of them took turns guarding the outside of the church. Many of the people there were Christians from other cities who had come to help protect the church. We all prayed together for it not to be demolished.Sanjiang church cost so much money [Editor’s Note: Churchgoers have said the building took six years to build and cost about 30 million yuan, or about 3.5 million euros]. Christians raised the funds to build it, and now it’s gone. This is not the first church to be targeted in Zheijiang province have been targeted. Several have had their crosses removed from their steeples. Christianity is booming in China, but as a result we’re now facing new challenges.