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Elder Zhang with other worshippers
Elder Zhang Chunlei at a conference in 2017.
Photo: ChinaAid

On the morning of March 16th, 2021, public security officers raided the Ren'ai Reformed Church in Guiyang, taking ten Christians into custody. The church's leader, Elder Zhang Chunlei, went to the police station to negotiate but was also detained himself. In the many months that followed, access to his lawyer was severely restricted (see this report for details).

In a recent social media post, Zhang's wife, Yang Aiqing, says her husband was finally allowed to meet with his lawyer on June 6th. According to the lawyer, Zhang has lost weight but appears to be in good health. He asks Christians not to worry about him but instead to pray about the situation. Zhang let it be known that while awaiting his release in God's timing, he is praying for other Christians.

More than four months have passed since Zhang's case was transferred to the Guiyang City Intermediate People's Court, but his lawyer has still not received any indictment papers. Consequently, it is still unknown when his trial will take place and what charges will be made.

Please remember Elder Zhang in your prayers. Praise God that he remains strong spiritually and in good health physically. Continue to pray for his family, as well as the members of the Ren'ai Reformed Church, asking the Lord to fill them with His hope, comfort and strength. Finally, pray that the courts will proceed efficiently and fairly, leading to Elder Zhang's ultimate release from custody.

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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