Persecution Update, September 2018 - CHINA

Photo Credit: Ben Cao

Photo Credit: Ben Cao

In order to Sinicize Christianity, the Chinese regime is retranslating the Bible for their own political purposes and compelling house church leaders to pledge loyalty to the Marxist government.

Pastor John Cao (a Chinese-American who previously pastored in North Carolina) was arrested in 2017 on charges of illegal border crossing. Prior to his arrest, Pastor John, a leader in the house church movement, led efforts to take Chinese believers into Burma to build 16 Christian schools for more than 2,000 children. Now serving a 7-year sentence in prison, his health has suffered. Please intercede for God’s strength and grace for Pastor Cao, his American wife and two sons, and other believers in China who suffer for the Gospel’s sake.  

Persecution Update, November 2017: CHINA

The communist nation of China has seen some decrease in harassment of believers in recent years, so the country’s persecution ranking dropped to 39. However, this year President Xi increased the pressure on Christians through tougher laws and his insistence on installing government surveillance cameras in church buildings. Also, new laws passed in September 2017 mandate that all underground churches must register with the government by March 2018. 

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Though some areas of China have seen lessened oppression, in Henan province the persecution is growing more intense. In 2014, a well-known pastor of a Three-Self Patriotic church, Zhang Shaojie, was given a sentence of 12 years in prison and a $16,000 fine for the crime of “disrupting public order” — the harshest given since Mao in the 1970s. In prison, Pastor Zhang has been cruelly tortured, given meager food, and subjected to sleep deprivation. The latest report from his family indicated that he is close to death. Please intercede for God’s strength and grace for Pastor Zhang and for the other believers in China who suffer for Christ.

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Persecution Update, April 2015: China

Although the suffering of Christians in China has lessened somewhat in recent years, 2014 saw an upturn in the number of persecution incidents. Chinese President Xi is promoting a renewed emphasis on Chinese culture and nationalism, which includes showcasing Buddhism and Confucianism and portraying Christianity as a “foreign” religion. In Henan province last July, Pastor Zhang Shaojie, pastor of a government church, was given a prison sentence of 12 years plus a $16,000 fine for the crime of “disrupting public order.” This is the harshest sentence given since the 1970s. Authorities in other parts of China have torn down crosses and demolished more than 400 church buildings. Last April in Sanjiang, Zhejiang province officials demolished a church building of a congregation of over 2000. More than 40 churches in Wenzhou province, known as “China’s Jerusalem,” have also been demolished. Please intercede for God’s strength and grace for Pastor Zhang and other believers in China.