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A group of believers / Wang Runyun excitedly greeting his family
Wang Runyun and Zhang Ligong with other believers / Wang Runyun greeting his family
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In January 2020, an outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party hosted a conference in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Five Chinese Christians who attended the event were charged in July 2021 and convicted on January 7th, 2022, of "illegally crossing the national border." These Christians were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to eight months. For more details, see our previously posted report.

Over the following few months, the believers were gradually released after serving their sentences. On January 27th, Song Shoushan was released having served six months. At the time, he recounted how he was able to share the Gospel message with many "broken people" in the prison. A month later, Zhang Yaowen and Wang Shiqiang were released. The final two remaining Christians, Zhang Ligong and Wang Runyun, were discharged on March 27th. Upon his release, Wang Runyun posted a picture on social media of him holding his children. The post said: "Dear family, we are back home safely. Thank you for your prayers. I am very grateful!"

On November 21st, 2021, two other members of the same church, Pastor An Yankui and Zhang Chenghao, were arrested on the same charge. However, at the time of publishing this report, there has not been a date set for their trials. Pastor An Yankui is the preacher of the Taiyuan Zion Reformed Church, which has been a target for persecution from government agencies due to its close relationship with the Early Rain Covenant Church. (See our country report to view background reports.)

In the most recently occurring incident, which took place on April 3rd, authorities raided Taiyuan Zion Reformed Church during its Sunday worship service. Seven members were interrogated until early the next morning, including the wives of Pastor An Yankui and Zhang Chenghao. Due to pandemic restrictions, the Christians were not detained further but released on the condition that they each paid a $100 fine.

Praise God that several of these church members have been released and that the five previously mentioned believers were able to share the Gospel while imprisoned. Please continue to pray for these believers and their families as they now resume faithfully serving the Lord in their community. Also prayerfully uphold our other Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ who are still imprisoned and facing charges, in hopes that all the accusations against them will be miraculously dropped.

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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