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A church raid in an undated event. - Photo: ChinaAid
One of many church raids in China.
Photo: ChinaAid

Despite ongoing attacks from authorities, members of the Early Rain Covenant Church have continued to preach on the streets. In October, 20 members of the church were detained for street evangelism. Despite the danger, church members gathered together again on November 14th to hand out fliers.

After 10 people were taken away for interrogation, other members of the church gathered together to pray for them, stating: "May the Lord grant the church peace and stamina. May we preach the Word and God's sovereignty in tough times...in and out of season." Thankfully, those detained were eventually released.

Christians also stood firmly in the face of harassment when police raided the Dao'en Church in Jiangsu on November 21st. As officials interrupted the worship service, the gathered believers continued to sing hymns of praise. This is not the first time their church had been raided. On September 7th, the local religious affairs bureau had arrested seven congregants. For more information on the persecution facing Christians in China, please click here.

Please join with these church members in their prayers for strength as they continue reaching out with the Gospel message of peace. May God continue to be worshipped and glorified throughout China, even in times of suffering and persecution. Pray that the officials involved in these raids will have opportunities to reflect on what they witness and hear, leading them to faith in Christ as well.

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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