The Destruction of Tu Du Sha Church
June 26, 2003
Shocking video of an unregistered Chinese church being destroyed has been smuggled out of China and received by The Voice of the Martyrs.
The Tu Du Sha Church at Xiaoshan District of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province was bulldozed to the ground last June 26. The church was started around 1930 by Hudson Taylor’s group, China Inland Mission, and had grown in size to a weekly attendance of 1,500 members.
Police first arrived before 4:00 a.m. expecting the church to be empty. Instead, they found 300 believers gathered for prayer. The police left, but returned just before 8:00 a.m. with 200 military policemen and more than 40 vehicles. In spite of the protests of church members, the church was completely destroyed. A Chinese Christian covertly videotaped the entire scene, and the video was smuggled out of the country.
“In our 36 years of ministry, we’ve never had a video tape like this,” said Tom White, VOM’s USA Director. “This tape shows how the Chinese government treats Christian groups that refuse to register.”