Date: March 6, 2022
China (International Christian Concern) – A Christian woman in China was detained for her repeated attempt to share the good news with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.
The Dalian native was sent back to Liaoning province by the police after her action in Beijing. She was subsequently detained. On Feb. 20, Zhou Jinxia went to Zhongnanhai in Beijing, the central headquarters for the Communist Party of China and the State Council of China, holding up sign asking Xi Jinping to believe in Jesus.
The police in charge arrested her, before Dalian police brought her back to Dalian. She was criminally detained and charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” on Feb. 21. Her family received the notice of her criminal detention from Dalian’s Public Security Bureau’s Xigang Branch on Mar. 1.
According to China Aid, in recent years, Zhou has attempted to share the good news with her Chinese leader for more than 50 times. As early as March 2015, Zhou was detained for ten days for her evangelism activities. In March 2016 and March 2018, she was detained again for the same charge.
Every March, Beijing hosts its lianghui (“Two Sessions”), where thousands of delegates from across the country attend sessions of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, essentially a political theatrical showcase highlighting upcoming policy direction. The Chinese government usually intensifies its crackdown against civil society to ensure everything goes on smoothly without accident.
Beginning October 2020, Zhou has resided in Fengtai district’s Xiaobailou village in Beijing. She actively shares the gospel and is involved in her church. On June 27, 2021, she was driven away by local leaders and police, while her amenities of daily life were confiscated. As someone whose house was forcibly demolished by the government, Zhou is not unfamiliar with the injustice in China.
HOW TO PRAY: Pray for Xi Jinping and his wife to come to know the love of Christ. Pray for greater freedom for evangelists in China. Praise God for Zhou’s continued faithfulness despite repeated arrests.