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In March 2017, police arrested Cao San-Qiang (John Cao), a Chinese pastor known for his work among Myanmar’s poor.

Authorities charged Pastor Cao with “organising illegal crossings of national borders” and in 2018, sentenced him to seven years in prison.

Pastor Cao is married to an American citizen and is a long-time resident of North Carolina. He served as a missionary in Myanmar’s Wa State, transforming the lives of more than 2,000 impoverished minority children by building 16 schools, and worked to fight poverty in the region.

Pastor John Cao was able to meet with his mother a few days ago. Because of the pandemic, his mother was only able to see him via video link. He told her he prays daily for his brothers and sisters in Christ and everything going on in the world. He reassured his mother that he does not have to do field work, and that he has time to read and interact with other inmates. Cao’s mother reported that he looked well.

Sources: The Voice of the Martyrs USA, ChinaAid

  • Thank the Lord for Cao’s good health and ask Him to continue to physically sustain Cao.
  • Ask God to use Cao as a witness for the Gospel to fellow prisoners, guards and the authorities.
  • Pray for Cao’s wife, Jamie Powell, and their sons, Benjamin and Amos. Pray they will not lose heart but continue to trust in the Lord’s timing and purposes.

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