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Raid of Gushi house church summer camp.
Photo: ChinaAid

A church-run summer camp was raided on August 23rd, resulting in the confiscation of personal and church property, as well as the temporary detention of the pastor and his wife. The police and religious bureau officials claim that the church in Gushi was organizing religious events without authorization. According to one church leader, Wang Guangming, the students were learning music theory when the raid occurred.

Officials affirmed that they were acting upon a report from citizens. Earlier in August, the administration of Gushi issued an official notice encouraging citizens to report any non-approved religious events, offering incentives of $100 CAD. Further details on the persecution of Christians in China can be reviewed at our country report.

Please remember the ministry of Christian camps and churches throughout China, asking God to bless these endeavours to spread the Gospel and encourage people to gather for worship despite the government's organized campaign against them. Pray that the hostility of their opposers will dissipate, allowing these Christians to resume worship in safety and peace. May the country's church leaders be granted the wisdom and strength they need to effectively lead their people -- ultimately yielding a vast spiritual harvest for the glory of our Lord.

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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