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Lenten Focus: the Church in China

For more on my Lenten Focus, see my Ash Wednesday post. A quick summary is that I am spending Lent fasting and praying for the Persecuted Church and I invite you to join me.

From International Christian Concern: “The lady is saying: ‘Thanks be to God, we need this book so much. When I see this book, I think of the brothers and sisters who have helped us and brought this to us with their blood and spirit. This is what our church needs so much right now.’”

While the Chinese Church is not facing the same sort of imminent threat that Christians in other parts of the world face, China is considered a nation where moderate persecution exists. Open Doors lists China as number 29 on their World Watch List of persecuting nations. From their website:

“The Communist government under China`s new president Xi Jinping aims at controlling religious activities. While in most regions in China, Christian activities have been watched rather than controlled, the unregistered house churches could be affected by a program started to eradicate so-called “evil cults.” Concerning the ethnic Han churches, some observers speak of three kinds of churches: the “black” ones which are illegal and which the state is fighting against (for example Vatican loyal Roman Catholics), the “red” ones which are state-approved and controlled and the “grey” ones which are not registered, but tolerated, and which form the majority of the Christians.”

Churches are demolished and Christians are imprisoned.  And of course, they are always watched.

Open Doors suggests these prayer points for our Chinese brothers and sisters.

  • For Christians in the southern province of Zhejiang where local authorities started a campaign against religious structures, especially churches, last year
  • That Christians will continue to grow in their faith and spread it to other countries
  • For Muslim Background Believers in the state of Xinjiang as they cope with pressure from their families and friends as well as the government

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