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CHINA: Pastor’s Wife Released on Bail

On the evening of 9 December 2018, over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church were arrested in coordinated raids on their homes. The pastor, Wang Yi, remains in detention and is facing up to 15 years in prison. Several others, including his wife,

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CHINA: Officials Plan to Turn Church into Hotel

Officials in central Henan province recently informed some church leaders of their intent to seize the church’s building and turn it into a hotel. Although the church is a member of the officially recognised Three-Self Patriotic Movement, officials banned the church from meeting last year.

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CHINA: Cash Rewards for Information on Christian Activity

One Chinese city is now offering to pay for information on anyone involved in “illegal religious activities”. Authorities in Guangzhou have offered rewards equalling as much as $2,100 to those reporting the activities. The largest rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest of

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China: Sermons with Too Much Religion Not Allowed

A Three-Self Church preacher in the Demonstration Zone of Shangqiu city, in China’s central Henan Province, was disappointed when the sermon that he had sent to the local authorities for approval was denied. The reply, which he received on 15 March, stated that the content of the sermon

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The Courier’s Dilemma

After a long flight, four VOM workers stepped off their plane and approached Chinese customs with a total of 300 Bibles in their luggage. Several years had passed since Mao’s brutal Cultural Revolution had ended in 1976, and the communist country had cautiously opened its

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Project: ABC Discipleship Training – China

The underground church in China is experiencing some of the harshest persecution of the last 50 years making it more difficult to train leaders but VOM Australia’s partner mission World Compassion is helping to meet the need. New government regulations are penalising landowners who rent

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Christian Persecution in Communist China

A massive new wave of persecution of Christians has been taking place in China since China’s president, Xi Jinping, introduced a five-year plan to sinicise all the nation’s religions by infusing them with ‘Chinese characteristics’ such as loyalty to the Communist Party. The government has

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CHINA: Declaration of Religious Freedom

Voice of the Martyrs Korea and China Aid have launched a campaign to encourage church leaders to add their names to a declaration of religious freedom written by the Chinese pastor of the Chengdu Early Rain Church, Wang Yi. The document, entitled “A Joint Statement

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CHINA: New Hotline for Reporting Religious Activities

A government office in Henan province announced on 28 January that a hotline has been established to report “illegal religious activities”. The announcement from the Wenfeng Street Community Office promised confidentiality and offered cash rewards. The announcement also threatened fines of up to $41,350 AUD

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Christmas Care 2019 – Thank You

Your generosity in sponsoring Christmas Care packs has made a valuable impact in the lives of thousands of children around the world. Each pack included a children’s Bible along with other necessities such as food and stationary supplies for school. Your eagerness in this initiative

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Project: Bible School in Chang Ping

Sending young adults to Bible college in places like Mongolia isn’t just beneficial for them but also for their churches and local communities as they return hungry to serve. Four students from Inner Mongolia had the chance to attend and complete Bible college in Beijing

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CHINA: Church Declared Illegal

Officials in China’s south-western Sichuan province raided Fountain of Life Church on Thursday 10 January, declaring that it is illegal and triggering fears that it might be closed down. The church was holding a Bible study when law enforcement authorities and personnel from the Chengdu’s

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NIGERIA, CHINA, INDIA: Persecution Set to Rise in 2019

In Nigeria, Fulani militants look set to continue devastating attacks against Christians in the north and central Nigeria. In the first six months of 2018 alone, they killed up to 6,000 and drove 50,000 from their homes. The heavily armed Fulani militants are following in the

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CHINA: House Church Members Charged

More than 100 members were arrested during a crackdown on Sichuan’s Autumn Rain Covenant Church in China on 9 December, several detained leaders have since been criminally charged. Both Pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong have been detained for allegedly inciting subversion of

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Persecution Leads to Faith for the Generations in China

Esther’s faith was transformed after her parents’ arrest and imprisonment in China, now many years on, she shares the Gospel with Chinese students in Los Angeles. Esther’s father, Yang Xuan, and mother, Yang Caizhen, were imprisoned in 2009 when their 50,000-member house church network, Linfen,

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Project: Bibles for China

Recently, with the help of our supporters, Voice of the Martyrs Australia has been able to bless over 9000 Chinese Christians with the gift of a Bible. Over 6000 Christians, in 37 underground churches, throughout four pronvinces in China received regular print Bibles. In addition,

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Project Update: Bibles and Blankets for China

Winter in the mountain areas of China is freezing cold, with the cold season beginning in October. VOM Australia, with the help of our supporters, has supplied 1200 Christians in the mountains with a life pack including a Bible, a blanket and a bag of

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Sarah of China

Xianzhi ”Sarah” Liu was beaten and imprisoned for six years in China. Sarah’s Trail of Blood is a powerful dramatization of what happened to this courageous woman of God because of her faith in Jesus Christ. You’ll be inspired by her story. If you would

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CHINA: Police Harass Hunan Church

Police in China’s southern Hunan Province repeatedly harassed a church, eventually attempting to close it. On 11 November, more than 30 officials entered Huoxing Church after painting over cameras at the church door in order to mask what happened. Some officials claimed they had come

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Project: Preparing Chinese Christians for Persecution

Recently, with the help of our supporters, Voice of the Martyrs was able to encourage and equip Chinese Christians for persecution through discipleship training events and Chinese language discipleship materials. China’s persecution strategy isn’t simply to throw underground Christians in prison and torture them (although

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