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27 China

WHO IS THE LEADER OF CHINA?

President Xi Jinping is the leader of China – and he is arguably the strongest Party leader since Mao Zedong. President Xi’s name and ideas have been officially incorporated into the Communist Party’s constitution under the title ‘Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in a New Era’.

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HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN CHINA?

97.2 million Christians live in China. Despite their large numbers, they are in the minority in China, where they make up less than seven per cent of the total population of 1.4 billion.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN CHINA?

The goal of the Communist Party of China is to maintain its power through national unity – including the control of all religions. Since the Communist Party took over the implementation of the regulations on religion, the treatment of religious groups has become much harsher. Christians are a particular focus because they are the largest social force in China that isn’t controlled by the state.

Christians from Muslim or Tibetan Buddhist backgrounds also face rejection and attack by their communities, as leaving their traditional religions is seen as a betrayal.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN china?

Churches are monitored, and some have been attacked by the security forces or closed down. Church leaders are detained. Children under 18 are banned from attending church. Religion is banned from the public sphere, and teachers and medical staff have been pressured to sign documents saying they have no religious faith. In some areas, elderly people have been told that their pensions will be cut if they don’t renounce their Christian faith.

Believers from Muslim or Tibetan Buddhist backgrounds often keep their faith a secret. They may hide their Bibles, and it can be difficult for them to meet with other believers safely. If discovered, they may be threatened, beaten, or even reported to the authorities and imprisoned for a few days.

 
"We stood through tough persecution before, we will stand through whatever comes now as well."
– Chinese pastor
 

 

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN CHINA?

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You can give to provide vital support

Open Doors supports persecuted believers in China through training in discipleship, stewardship and how to face persecution, and by providing contextualised Christian literature.

£12 could provide four Bibles to encourage persecuted Christians in their faith.

 
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You can SPEAK OUT

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You can pray

Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”

A PRAYER FOR CHINA

Lord Jesus, thank You for our Chinese brothers and sisters. Strengthen those from Muslim and Buddhist backgrounds who face expulsion from their communities. Please convict those who are tightening restrictions on churches of the importance of religious freedom. May Your light shine through believers, that others may come to know and serve You.

 

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