Seventh Day Adventists in Jinan forced to worship outdoors after being evicted from their premises.
Was it the intense media spotlight? Or did someone just have a change of heart? Whatever the case, the prayers of the Seventh Day Adventists in Jinan that we told you about earlier have paid off because on May 1st the local congregation held its first indoor meeting since they were forcibly evicted from their premises on 27th February. The Huaiyin District Office for Ethnic and Religious Affairs had allegedly exerted pressure repeatedly on Zhangzhuang Brigade to demand that the landlord terminate the rental agreement on the church’s venue. For over two months now, the Seventh Day Adventists, determined not to be victims of discrimination, have practised their religious worship in make shift venues, and even outdoors. But, by prayer or by politics, the Adventists appear to have induced a dramatic u-turn in police policy.