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Zhang Chunlei, his wife, Pastor Wang Yi's wife, Pastor Wang Yi
Elder Zhang Chunlei (left) with his wife,
along with Pastor Wang Yi and his wife.
Photo: ChinaAid

On the morning of March 16th, 2021, public security officers raided the Renai Reformed Church in Guiyang, taking more than ten Christians into custody. After hearing about the raid, the church's leader, Elder Zhang Chunlei, went to the police station to negotiate but was detained by the authorities. (For additional information, see this page.)

More than a year later, Elder Zhang remains in detention, and yet access to his lawyer has been seriously restricted. Requests have been denied several times. The last time he was able to see his lawyer was on January 5th. During the most recent attempt, the lawyer applied for a March 31st visit with the church leader, but this request was also rejected by the courts.

According to his wife, Yang Aiqing, Elder Zhang was at peace during the January visit. He sang hymns and asked his lawyer to send greetings to fellow Christians of the church. Since the lawyer has been unable to meet with a judge or receive a notice of formal accusation against his client, the date for a trial remains unknown.

Pray for continued peace and strength on behalf of Elder Zhang as he faces the uncertainty of potential sentencing. As he awaits trial, may he be greatly encouraged by the assurance of the Holy Spirit's presence with him. Ask the Lord to also provide emotional and spiritual support to his wife Yang and other members of their family and church community during this time of separation. Finally, please pray that the courts will grant Elder Zhang proper legal representation through the mediation of his lawyer, resulting in a favourable outcome and the soon release of this faithful follower of Jesus.

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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