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Funeral memorobilia before and after Christian symbols removed.
Before and after the Christian symbols were removed.
Photo: ChinaAid

In Guiyang City, a Christian memorial service was being prepared at a local funeral home when government officials raided the venue. Any item of a religious nature was removed, and officials demanded that there be no prayer, singing of hymns, or reading of Scripture at the service. When the memorial was held the next day, officers monitored the entrance of the building, prohibiting anyone from bringing musical instruments into the venue and threatening those who attempted to do so.

The persecution of Christians has been intense in Guiyang. Authorities have raided many worship services, as well as the homes of pastors, and arrested other Christians merely for professing their faith in Jesus. However, this is the first known case where government officials have raided a memorial service facility. For more details on various incidents of persecution in China, go to our country report.

Continue to pray for the Christians of Guiyang, as well as those who live in other parts of China, as they face increasing pressure to deny Christ and pledge allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party. Praise God that, despite the grief of losing a loved one, the believers attending this recent memorial service have hope in the assurance of eternal life, a provision made available to all who respond to the sacrificial love of our Risen Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

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
1,394,015,977 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Han Chinese (91.6), Zhuang (1.3), Other (7.1)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (18.2), Christianity (5.1), Islam (1.8), folk religion (21.9), Hinduism (<0.1), Judaism (<0.1), other (0.7), unaffiliated (52.2)

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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