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John Cao - Photo: Ben Cao
John Cao
Photo: Ben Cao

In a recent letter from prison, Pastor John Cao was able to report that he is in good health and his blood pressure is now normal. While missing family and friends around the world, he asked his mother to pass along greetings, stating that he has not stopped interceding for the health, peace and faith of others.

Pastor Cao had been actively involved in helping children along the border of China and Myanmar when he was arrested in 2017 for "organizing an illegal border crossing." His wife and sons are presently in the United States. John's mother has attempted to visit him, but says she is no longer allowed because of pandemic restrictions.

Please continue to lift up Pastor Cao and his family members in your prayers. May the Lord provide him the physical, emotional, and spiritual strength needed during his time in prison. Ask God to protect Pastor Cao and, through the Holy Spirit, serve as his Helper and Comforter. Intercede for Pastor Cao's opposers; that their hearts may be enlightened to the truth of His Word, receptive to the conviction of their sin, and responsive to the love and salvation of Christ.

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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