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A leading campaigner has warned of a gathering storm for persecuted Christians in China. Bob Fu, a ministry partner of The Voice of the Martyrs Canada, reports that the persecution of Christians has worsened dramatically under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, and it could get worse now that he has been declared president for life.

While delivering a speech at a recent event in London, England, Mr. Fu warned: "Churches have been totally destroyed under President Xi's rule. There is a new spiritual storm coming to the Chinese church. It may even be worse than during the Cultural Revolution."

Tough new restrictions on religious freedom were enacted on February 1st. As a result, organizing a home prayer meeting has been forbidden and religious messages cannot be shared with anyone under the age of 18. Even in registered churches, cameras with facial recognition have been installed to monitor who is attending. (A three-minute video report on the situation in China can be viewed here.)

Bob Fu believes that the real reason behind the clampdown is to slow the rapid growth of Christianity in China. When Communism took power in 1949, it was estimated that there were one million Christians. Today that number is more than 100 million. Sociologists estimate that even at the slowest projected rate of growth, Christians will number at least 224 million by 2030.

While we praise God for the ongoing growth of the church in China, please uphold the country's believers -- asking Him to strengthen and equip them so they can stand true and faithfully continue ministering despite the new restrictions. May the governmental officials come to realize that their opposition against the Creator of the Universe is ultimately futile (Matthew 16:18).

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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