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A local court in China’s western Xinjiang sentenced a Christian woman to three years in prison for holding a Bible study.

Ma Huichao, who was taken into police custody along with four other Christians when officials claimed their Bible study met without government approval, stood trial in mid-November for “gathering a crowd to disturb public order.”

Her lawyer, Li Dunyong was disallowed to plead innocent on her behalf, and she received a three-year prison sentence—which began on 30 December.

Ma does not plan to appeal.

Source: China Aid

Prayer Points

  • Ask the Lord to strengthen Ma physically, emotionally and spiritually through this ordeal.
  • Pray she may have many opportunities to share the Gospel while in prison and bring glory to the One she is suffering for.
  • Praise God for the faithful witness of Chinese Christians; pray those who belonged to Ma’s Bible study will take every opportunity to meet, to worship the Lord, learn from Scripture and pray for their friend.