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Zhang Qiang and Xiao Yue smiling and showing their wedding rings
Zhang Qiang and Xiao Yue celebrating their marriage.
Photo: ChinaAid

A recently published report outlined the opposition experienced by Zhang Qiang and Xiao Yue who were initially scheduled to wed on May 21st (see our previous report). Due to harassment from local Chinese authorities, however, these two members of the Early Rain Covenant Church were ultimately forced to postpone their wedding ceremony.

In hopes of continuing with their plans, the couple sought out a new venue and rescheduled their wedding to May 24th. Once again, that venue was forced to cancel their reservation because of pressure from the police. With assistance from others, the engaged couple found yet another location, but this time Pastor Dai Zhichao, who was scheduled to officiate the ceremony, was unable to attend in person due to surveillance from national security officers. The same was true for Elder Li Yingqiang. So the two church leaders joined the couple online for the event instead.

The wedding was opened with prayer from Elder Li, and Pastor Dai officiated the ceremony remotely. Only a few of the church members were able to attend because others encountered obstructions from the police. One member, Deng Yan, even found a wheel lock placed on her car to prevent her from attending. According to reports, though just a few of the congregants were able to join the celebration, "the entire wedding was filled with God's presence and grace."

Praise God that Zhang and Xiao were able to wed despite all the obstacles placed in their way. Pray that this newly married Christian couple will experience God's blessings on their lives and a great understanding of His wonderful love for them throughout the years ahead. May the members of the Early Rain Covenant Church continue standing firm in their faith, relying on the Lord for needed strength, perseverance and guidance in the midst of persecution.

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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