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Authorities in Wenzhou City have recently mandated that all teachers must sign a "Public Pledge Form." The document forbids educators from professing any religious beliefs and also demands that they agree not to engage in any practice or propagation of religion. Along with these enforced requirements, they must also support Marxist socialist principles.

While these conditions do not reflect any change in policy, this mandate is only one of the many ways governing officials are increasing their opposition towards Christians in Zhejiang Province. Other policies have included the large-scale cross removal campaign from buildings and properties, banning minors from attending churches, and expelling Christian teachers from schools. For more information on the heightened challenges facing Christians in China, and to review previous reports, go to our country report.

Please pray that despite the implementation of this unconstitutional document, the youth in China will be given opportunities to hear the message of Christ in their homes and communities -- enabling them the privilege of experiencing a personal and meaningful relationship with their Creator God. Remember the Christian teachers who are trying to cope with the present demands and the prospect of losing their employment positions because of their faith. Ask our Lord to encourage these educators and their families, providing for their every need during this time of instability and uncertainty.

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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