CORONAVIRUS: An Opportunity to Advance the Gospel?
  • 26 March 2020

During a season of quarantines and uncertainty, the Coronavirus is providing opportunities for advancing the Gospel. Some of the countries most affected by the pandemic so far are also countries where believers face persecution every day. In an Islamic country heavily affected by the coronavirus, Christians are handing out masks and offering help to those […]

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CHINA: Shandong Authorities Ban Online Preaching
  • 12 March 2020

Authorities in China’s Shandong province have banned online preaching and ordered the eradication of non-official churches. Shandong’s two state-run Christian organisations, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and China Christian Council, released a statement on 23 February. In it, they claimed “supervision departments” ordered all online preaching cease and churches that gather in secret be eliminated. In […]

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CHINA: Religious Funerals Banned
  • 05 March 2020

Christian funerals are being forbidden in some areas of China, as authorities begin enforcing new regulations to ensure the conducting of so-called “civilised” ceremonies. In the state of Zhejiang, funerals are only allowed to take place in government-approved church buildings. While clergy may be permitted to visit families of the deceased in homes, they are […]

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VOM Contact Reports from Hong Kong
  • 02 March 2020

The current anger and fear that exists in Hong Kong is very real. This has been widespread and peaked in the final months of 2019 as millions marched – furious with their present circumstance and fearful of the future. They are aware that in a few short years they could well be living in very […]

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CHINA: Authorities Prevent Overseas Church Aid Against Coronavirus
  • 06 February 2020

The Chinese government has introduced even tougher restrictions on religious freedom, requiring religious leaders to “display complete devotion to the Chinese Communist Party”. The rules limit communications between churches and overseas organisations, including donations. But even before the new rules took effect on 1 February 2020, there were reports that Chinese officials were confiscating aid […]

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