W ang Yi was waiting for his arrest. Bush to discuss religious freedom in China. The U. Approximately 50 others from the church have been jailed, and some of those who have not been imprisoned have been subjected to harassment by the police or placed under house arrest, according to a Facebook page run by church supporters. Christians in China are predominantly Protestant, he adds. The Chinese government is wary of organized religion and has implemented strict rules that religious organizations must follow to operate there. And religious repression has worsened since Xi Jinping —who has cracked down on all forms of dissent and jailed human rights activists, lawyers and journalists —became president in Chinese authorities have removed crosses and Christian slogans from churches, confiscated church property, ordered some churches to close and questioned some church leaders or members, according to rights group Amnesty International. Hundreds of Protestant house churches have been closed in recent years, according to the U.
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Beginning in , hundreds of high school age Covenanters gathered together as the Covenant High Congress. This event has morphed through the years moving from regional camps centered on small group Bible study, large group gatherings with speakers, music, and recreation to outgrowing such venues. This growth prompted a change and in , the East and West Coast Congresses combined, necessitating a location that was more conducive to the nearly 1, students who attended. From the time they arrive, CHICsters are stunned not only by the volume of the music but also by the sheer number of their peers who have intentionally gathered out of a desire to play, worship, learn, and grow in understanding and in faith with others from throughout the US, Canada, and abroad. Through dynamic speakers, relevant messages, small groups, Base Camps, and worship CHIC Inspires students to live transformed lives — even giving of their time and resources to impact local communities and the world. Through the years CHIC has been modified and diversified, innovated and revolutionized; however, a few key elements remain; CHIC is a triennial event where thousands of youth gather for small group Bible study and devotion, large group gatherings with speakers and music, and outdoor recreation. Praise be to God, faithful throughout the ages.
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