|Sources of Persecution||Communist Oppression|
|Leader||President Xi Jinping|
Freedom in China is changing. The Communist Party is becoming more controlling and the government has increased citizen surveillance. In an increasing number of cases, Bibles have been confiscated, churches raided, and pastors fined and arrested. Some missionaries have even been kicked out of the country. Churches are perceived as a threat if they become too large, too political or invite foreign guests.
Conversion to Christianity from Islam or Buddhism is also seen as a betrayal to one’s family. In attempting to win them back, communities will threaten Christians with physical harm and report converts to the local authorities. The growing influence of materialism and consumerism has also been identified as a threat to the church in China.
Despite this, the Christian community has rapidly grown over the past 30 years and persecution has enabled much of this growth.
“It is true that we all have to face persecution as disciples of Jesus Christ, but it is a choice of how we respond to persecution… Persecution purifies our lives; we gain spiritual strength to witness Christ and extend the Kingdom in a mature and practical way.” – Pastor Victor from China.
Pastor Victor works with Chinese Christians from a Muslim background. He is passionate about making disciples, which he does through small groups in order not to draw unwanted attention from authorities.
Open Doors is strengthening the Chinese church by preparing them for persecution, discipleship training and delivering Bibles.
Pray that religious restrictions don’t cause the church to shrink back but instead grow in numbers and in boldness.
Pray that those who have endured persecution before can strengthen the next generation.