The following excerpt comes from an ICC contact just recently returned to China. Despite working overtime to build a façade of religious freedom, the Chinese government continues to extensively monitor and exert considerable effort to control the growth of Christianity in China. This growth has been explosive, with an oft-quoted statistic that 20,000 Chinese people convert to Christianity every day. While the exact figure isn’t known, there are believed to be as many as 130-150 million Christians in China today. The vast majority of them worship in “house” churches, churches that are not registered with the government and therefore technically illegal. Many of these churches, especially in large cities like Beijing and Shanghai, are tolerated by the government and operate without interference.