Government security police in China have stopped 200 Christians from leaving the country to attend a worldwide evangelism event in Africa.
Thousands of believers will attend the Lausanne Congress of World Evangelization Oct. 16-25 in Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss issues important to the global church.
Lausanne executive chair Doug Birdsall told CBN News he's deeply saddened by the Chinese government's action to stop its residents from attending.
China Aid president Bob Fu said more than 1,000 police were seen at the Beijing airport Thursday, preventing house church Christians from departing for Lausanne.
Fu added that the Chinese government doesn't want them interacting with believers outside the country.
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Christians from the government-controlled Three Self Church in China will also not be at the event.
Lausanne delegates are required to sign a covenant supporting world evangelization, but the Chinese government prevents church leaders from signing the pledge.