A group of Christians that fled to South Korea from China are now headed to Thailand seeking asylum after being denied security in South Korea.
According to The Christian Post, members of the Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church have been denied asylum multiple times since they fled from the Chinese city of Shenzhen in 2019 and 2020.
Pan Yongguange, the church’s pastor, says nearly 60 members of the church are hoping to submit their appeals for asylum in Thailand. The group is hoping for “refugee status.”
Church members are also looking at trying to gain refugee status in the U.S.
“We aren’t able to secure any status through legal processes in South Korea, and the US. also hasn’t resettled us,” Pastor Yongguange said.
Most recently, many of the church members were granted temporary tourist visas to Thailand. Those tourist visas are valid for 15 days.
According to reports, the church members could have stayed in South Korea to await appeals on their rejections, many said they are…