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In recent months, seminaries in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, have been raided and forced to close by officials who claim that the Christian schools are illegal. On August 8th, the Wenzhou Bowen Bible School and the Wenzhou Bible School were both raided. These raids followed an official announcement which was issued to the seminaries three days before. The claim is that the schools were organizing events without government authorization and had not registered their activities with officials.

On September 20th, the National Security Department and Bureau of Religion raided the Canaan Seminary, which is also located in Wenzhou. After officials destroyed all the equipment in the church building where the classes were being conducted, Pastor Huang Jianle and three teachers were taken into custody. All the seminary students were instructed to leave the premises and return to their homes.

In an unrelated case, a Christian man organized a religious training event on June 28th. In the days that followed, Ji Chungang was charged with organizing the event without authorization. On September 13th, he was fined 150,000 yuan (about $28,600 CAD) by the Dali Municipal Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs. He has 60 days to either submit an application for reconsideration or file a lawsuit.

In addition to arrest, threats and conviction, the use of severe financial penalties is often one of the heaviest burdens imposed by the Chinese government to persecute religious minorities. For additional information on the persecution of Christians in China, and/or to review previously posted reports, go to our country report.

Please pray for wisdom on behalf of all those involved in these cases. Ask the Lord to provide the Christian leaders of the seminaries and churches guidance and discernment as they seek to continue empowering and equipping believers with Biblical training. Overall, may Christians throughout China receive greatly needed encouragement and refreshment so they can remain bold and steadfast in their faith, in spite of ongoing government oppression.

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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