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Unwavering Convictions by Gao Zhisheng - Photo: ChinaAid www.chinaaid.org
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Gao Zhisheng, a prominent human rights lawyer, has personally experienced persecution for many years. The Voice of the Martyrs Canada has been reporting on Gao's case since his initial arrest in 2006. Since then, he has been released and re-arrested numerous times, often disappearing to undisclosed locations at the hands of the authorities.

When Gao had gone missing on August 13th, 2017, family and friends had assumed he had been apprehended by the authorities again. Yet, in reality, two of his supporters had smuggled him out of the province in an attempt to free him from house arrest and keep him safe. After three weeks of intensive searching, the authorities managed to locate him, and Gao has not been seen nor heard from since. There have been rumours of his location, but no one was able to verify them.

Chinese law dictates that it is illegal to detain a prisoner for more than six months without a charge. Yet, over the past two years, Gao has been unable to consult with lawyers, and his loved ones still do not know where he is being held.

In the time leading up to his latest disappearance, Gao secretly penned a book describing his sufferings. In the book, the human rights lawyer reveals how he came to faith while being imprisoned for defending Pastor Cai Zhuohua back in 2004 and 2005. His book, Unwavering Convictions, which was smuggled out of China and translated into English, is now available for purchase.

May God's Spirit continue to wonderfully minister to Gao, wherever he may be located. May this imprisoned believer know with full assurance that his Heavenly Father's "everlasting arms" are supporting him (Deuteronomy 33:27) and that many fellow believers are praying for his eventual release. Lift up in prayer Gao's family and friends as they struggle with the resulting pain and uncertainty of his undisclosed location. Additionally, pray that God will mightily intervene not only on behalf of Gao, but for all of China's other persecuted and incarcerated Christians 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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