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Zhou Jinxia smiling and holding her Gospel sign.
Zhou Jinxia
Photo: ChinaAid

A Christian woman in China was detained on February 20th after repeated attempts to share the Good News with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. In her latest attempt, the Christian woman, Zhou Jinxia, waited at Beijing's Zhongnanhai Xinhua Gate for the couple to pass by so she could personally share the Gospel message with them. According to ChinaAid, she has visited the gate with evangelistic signs over 50 times in recent years and, as a result, was detained several times.

In 2015, Zhou was detained for ten days, and again in March 2016 for allegedly "picking quarrels and provoking trouble." In 2018, she had been arrested for holding a sign that proclaimed, "God loves the people of the world and is calling out to Xi Jinping." In June 2021, she was driven from her village for her evangelistic efforts in the community.

During the most recent incident, she was removed from the area by police and returned to her hometown of Dalian. There she was charged by local authorities for allegedly causing trouble. Zhou has been described as "an unbreakable, irrepressible Christian woman." She began her campaign after coming to the realization that there will be no solution to the problems facing China unless President Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan receive God in their hearts. For more reports addressing the challenges facing Christians in China, go to our country report.

Praise God for unshakable believers like Zhou who are prepared to put their own lives on the line to share the Gospel message. May the Lord give this Christian woman wisdom and guidance at this present time, as well as in the future, as she seeks to proclaim His Word to all those whom she encounters. Pray that she will soon be released from custody and granted the freedom to resume her ministry work.

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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