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Despite continued efforts to submit an appeal, local authorities have again postponed the hearing for John Cao, who was convicted in 2017 of "organizing an illegal border crossing" between China and Myanmar, and thus sentenced to seven years in prison (see this report).

Pastor Cao, along with his co-worker Jing Ruxia, were carrying on humanitarian work with the Wa people in Myanmar when he was arrested while rafting across the border with China -- a crossing he frequently made with the knowledge of Chinese authorities.

Despite international pressure, the pastor (an American citizen) has had his appeal delayed six times. It is now scheduled to take place on May 22nd. His family has been denied any access for visitation and all letters addressed to him are being screened. The lawyers representing him have expressed concerns for his health, due to a lack of exposure to sunlight and proper healthcare.

Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of Pastor Cao, as well as his family, especially during this ongoing ordeal. May his appeal be heard soon, resulting in a successful outcome.

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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