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Pray that children in Tibet will learn of Jesus.

As a "semi-autonomous state" under the control of mainland China, Tibet has maintained a unique place for being predominantly Buddhist. However, since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has adopted stricter controls over religious activities, all religions in Tibet have been affected. Most recently, controls have been enforced prohibiting children from participating in any religious activities.

Signs have been posted on churches throughout China and Tibet, stating, "No minors." Before Tibet's school students left for summer vacation this year, a letter was sent home to their parents. Part of the letter included a notice that the students were barred from participating in any religious activities during their summer vacation.

The control of the CCP over the people is also affecting religious holidays and festivals. Celebrations demonstrating "freedom of religion" to the world are only intended as propaganda to visiting tourists, as Tibetans are specifically excluded from participating.

Pray for these Tibetan Christians as they endeavour to bring up their children in the ways of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). May God continue to bless their efforts to teach them His statutes, while also sharing the Gospel with others of their communities by revealing the truth of the Scriptures -- and the reality of the Living Christ! Additionally, please intercede for the opposing political leaders, that they too will come to realize their need for Jesus as Saviour.

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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