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Pray for the safety and release of church leaders in China.
Photo: Beijing Shouwang Church

A house church in southwest China's Sichuan province was raided by police and security agents on two separate occasions recently.

The first raid took place on April 25th during a music practice. As a result, the pastor and 15 other leaders of Langzhong house church were taken into custody and the brass instruments that were used at the practice have been confiscated. Ten of the 16 were released the next day, with the exception of six church leaders (including Pastor Li Min) who were all sentenced to between three and 15 days' administrative detention.

The following day (April 26th), police and security agents raided the same church during a prayer meeting, this time detaining Pastor Li's wife, Song Liangyu. The house church, which consists of about 1,000 members, has suffered persecution before. One of the previous incidents took place in May of 2012, when officials raided a meeting held in Zhanggongqiao village, banning its leaders from holding further gatherings. Other incidences of persecution in China can be found at the China Country Report.

Pray for the immediate release of all these detained believers, thanking God for their courage and perseverance in ministry despite the pressures they've received from officials to give up. May He use their steadfast witness to move the hearts of those who instigated and conducted the raids and arrests, so the perpetrators will no longer hinder His Kingdom work but actually become participants through it!

Current Ministry Projects

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada continues to help distribute Bibles to Christians in the country, making it possible for them to have their own printed version of God's Word. Additionally, VOMC works with various mission partners to facilitate a Biblical understanding of persecution and discipleship, while presenting ways to effectively respond and minister within the context of hostility.

Project Funds: Bibles, Equipping the Saints, Underground Church

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
1,397,897,720 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Han Chinese (91.6), Zhuang (1.3), Other (7.1)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (18.3), Christianity (5.2), Islam (1.8), folk religion (21.9), Muslim (2) Hinduism (<0.1), Judaism (<0.1), other (0.7), unaffiliated (51.8)

Leader
President Xi Jinping (2013)

Government type
Communist party-led state

Legal system
Based on civil law system; influenced by Soviet and continental European civil law systems

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for China

Pray that the Gospel will be proclaimed throughout China without government interference so many more names can be added to the Lamb's "Book of Life." May there also be a spirit of unity demonstrated among the country's growing churches, further strengthening existing believers and spurring them on in their ministry service and evangelistic outreach within the country's numerous communities.

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