Published: 00:01 GMT Standard Time - Saturday 11 December 2010
Advent Prayer - China
Project(s): 09-780, 09-879, 09-923
Country/Region: China, South and East Asia
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”1 Timothy 1:15
Map showing the location of China
The number of Christians in China has grown massively since the late 1970s, but they are oppressed by restrictions imposed by the state. The Communist government is committed to what it calls a “harmonious society”, and to help achieve this it attempts to organise Christians into national, state-controlled churches. The activities of these bodies are highly regulated.
The unregistered churches (“house churches”), which reject this control, are seen by the authorities as “unstable social elements”, and their leaders and members are subject to harassment and violence. Their buildings may be closed or destroyed, and their pastors beaten and imprisoned. Incidents of torture and even murder have been reported.
Alimujiang Yimiti has been given a 15-year prison sentence for his Christian activities. Barnabas Fund has sent support for his family. (Source: ChinaAid)
Recently the government has professed a more positive attitude to the country’s Christians, and one senior official has reportedly said that Christianity is no longer regarded as a foreign religion. But there is no evidence as yet that this is leading to a significant change in the authorities’ approach to either the official or the unregistered churches.
In late 2009 Alimujiang Yimiti, a Christian convert from Islam, was imprisoned for 15 years for his Christian activities. Barnabas Fund has sent practical support for his family. We also assist a project that provides some of the support needs of 14 Chinese Christians who are active in outreach and ministry.
Barnabas Fund projects include
Support for the family of Alimujiang Yimiti - 09-879
Support for Chinese Christian Workers - 09-923
This article is taken from
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