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Chinese Megachurch to be Torn Down

A Chinese land resources official says a megachurch that serves some 50,000 Christians in Linfen, China, will be torn down.

The six-story main building of the Golden Lampstand Church towers over Linfen City.

It is the central location of a church network that is spread throughout the territory.

The military has been keeping people out of the building since the Chinese government seized it last year. Ten of its pastors have been tried and sentenced to jail.

Linfen Church members are calling on the global church to pray for their leaders and to protest the destruction of their church.

Related Story: Student Please for Parents to be Freed in China


Oppression Continues in Myanmar

The international community is condemning Myanmar's leaders for an oppressive new election law.

The Asian nation, also known as Burma, suffers under an oppressive military regime.

The law bars pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi from running in the 2010 elections. It also forces her political party to expel her or be outlawed itself.

Kyi is a Nobel Prize winning activist. The military regime has kept her imprisoned in her home for 14 years.

Human Rights Watch says the country has a "dismal human rights record" with more than 2000 political prisoners. Patrick Klein of the ministry Vision Beyond Borders told CBN News that Christians are also targeted.

"It's almost like this Burmese military is out to get rid of anybody and everybody that's opposed to them and especially those that are Christians," he said. "I see more of an opposition by the government to the gospel, but I also see a more reception... to the gospel among the people."

Christians have few places to worship because the regime has not allowed any new church buildings since 1965. Many are forced to worship secretly in homes.

The group Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling on Christians around the world to join in the Burma Day of Prayer this week.

Related Link: Burma Day of Prayer


U.S. Pledges Ongoing Support for Haiti

President Barack Obama pledged continued assistance to Haitian President Rene Preval, this week.

In the White House Rose Garden, Obama praised the Haitian leader for his courage and leadership in the aftermath of the earthquake that killed 230,000 people.

The meeting took place just two months after the quake devastated his country and one month after Preval stood before thousands of Haitians at a national prayer service.

"Today I'm not the president speaking to you," he said. "I'm a Christian speaking to you."

Religious leaders joined the president in front of the destroyed national palace to pray for their nation. They also led worship and delivered messages of hope and encouragement.

Loudspeakers broadcasted the message throughout Port-Au-Prince.

Related Page: Haiti Earthquake & Recovery

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