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Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong - Photo: ChinaAid www.chinaaid.org
Pastor Wang Yi and his wife,
Jiang Rong in an undated photo.
Photo: ChinaAid

On the evening of December 9th, 2018, over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church were arrested in coordinated raids on their homes. The pastor, Wang Yi, remains in detention, facing up to 15 years in prison. Several others, including his wife, also face charges. For more information on this incident, go to this page.

We are thankful to receive recent news that Pastor Wang's wife, Jiang Rong, was released on bail on June 11th and has been reunited with her son. Another Christian, Li Xiaofeng, was also released. Since both remain on bail, they can be re-arrested at any time, and thus their freedoms remain severely restricted. At last report, their health condition is unknown.

Praise God that Jiang and Li have been allowed to return to their families, even under these bail conditions. Pray for their emotional and physical healing, and that they will be allowed access to any treatment they may need. Continue to lift up Pastor Wang and the many other Christians who remain detained, asking the Lord to provide ongoing encouragement and hope as they await their own release from imprisonment.

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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