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Zhang Xiuhong
VOM USA

On August 3rd, Zhang Xiuhong, who served as a volunteer deacon and church accountant, was released after being imprisoned for two years. Zhang's arrest was part of the government's broad crackdown on the Living Stone "Huoshi" Church in Guiyang. Chinese authorities have repeatedly targeted the church in recent years by freezing its assets, expelling church members from the property, and arresting one of the church's founders.

On July 28, 2015, Zhang was arrested after withdrawing church funds from an ATM located in her beauty shop. Officers stopped Zhang's car as she was driving near the church building, then they hauled her from the vehicle. The church worker's husband was also arrested while returning from a walk with their children, but then later released. Meanwhile, authorities invaded their home and seized Zhang's computers, USB devices and hard drives.

Zhang was held and charged with "illegal business operations." Yet during an interrogation, the interrogator did not ask her questions regarding church business matters. Instead, he centred his questions on church pastors and other core members. In a trial, which finally took place on February 10th of this year, Zhang was sentenced to five years in prison for this alleged crime. Thankfully, she did not have to complete the sentence. Our prayers are now with Zhang as she resumes life outside of prison walls.

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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