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In August 2021, four house church leaders were arrested for allegedly carrying out "illegal business operations" due to their involvement with a house church school in Wuhu, Anhui State. Two of the arrested Christians were later released on bail, but the others, Wan Hongxia and Wang Minghai, were formally charged and have since been awaiting trial. For more information on their arrests, see this page.

The case involving these two believers had initially been scheduled to go to court earlier this month but was postponed. The trial is now rescheduled to take place tomorrow, November 25th. After speaking to their families, ChinaAid reports that Wan and Wang have expressed their desire to testify without pleading guilty. Their families report that they "constantly pray" and affirm that they are "willing to bear the cross and be imprisoned with other Christians who are jailed for the sake of the Gospel." To learn more about the persecution of believers in China, go to our country report.

Please join us in taking time today to pray for this imminent trial. May God honour the prayers of these two imprisoned Christian leaders. Praise God for His strengthening presence, which is sustaining the hearts and minds of persecuted Christians throughout China, even if they are confined in prison cells. Pray that, no matter the outcome of tomorrow's trial, these believers will continue to lean on Christ for ongoing strength, comfort and the peace that "surpasses all understanding" (Philippians 4:7).

Current Ministry Projects

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada continues to help distribute Bibles to Christians within China, making it possible for them to have their own print version of God's Word. Additionally, VOMC works with various mission partners to facilitate a Biblical understanding of persecution and discipleship, presenting Chinese believers with effective ways in which they can respond and minister within the context of hostility.

Project Funds: Bible (Distribution), 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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