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Gao Zhisheng - Photo: ChinaAid
Gao Zhisheng
Photo: ChinaAid

For many years, Gao Zhisheng provided legal services for those in China facing trial because of their religious beliefs. In response, he suffered frequent harassment from officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In 2005, he wrote letters exposing the government's human rights violations against practitioners of the Falun Gong religious movement. As a result, his law practice was shut down by the authorities. Subsequent to being taken captive for the first time in 2006, Gao was either missing, detained, or under house arrest during the past 15 years.

Through his work as a human rights lawyer, and the repercussions he encountered as a result, Gao came to faith in Christ. He was able to proclaim, "The torture I suffered gave me a wonderful gift: Faith in God."

Gao was last seen in August 2017. Even though friends had attempted to free him from house arrest and smuggle him out of the province, the authorities managed to locate him. Nothing has been seen nor heard of him since that time (see this report).

Describing the emotional toll that his disappearance has had on her life, Gao's wife Geng He stated, "I have run out of tears." Though she has had to flee the country with their two children, Geng continues to search for answers. "At one time, I believed that the malicious CCP had murdered Gao Zhisheng," she wrote. "Now, however, I know that I should not give up."

Please continue to remember Gao in your prayers, along with his concerned wife Geng and their children. Despite the long days of uncertainty this family have endured, may they be filled with peace and hope, remaining steadfast in the Lord's promises to help them through this time. Ask that Gao would be kept safe from all harm; and, regardless of the circumstances, that his faith will remain strong. Finally, please pray that the authorities will soon reveal the whereabouts of this missing Christian man and, in hopes he is still alive, release him from captivity.

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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