At an underground church service in China, you pray as quickly as you can – and hope the police do not come running in. At the end of an alleyway in the north of Beijing, 40 Chinese Christians gather in a small classroom. At the beginning of the service, they bow their heads and pray.
Their priest, Zhang Minxuan, stands in front of them. Twenty years ago he was a barber with no interest in religion. Then he got into trouble with the Communist Party and was jailed. After that he became a Christian. Since then he has led an underground church and been detained a dozen times. [Full Text]
[Image: Many of China’s Christians attend underground churches, from BBC News.]