Date: May 8, 2019
Unofficial Protestant churches continue to suffer in a crackdown in the port city Guangzhou, China where anyone found providing venues for an “illegal religious event” faces hefty fines of between 20,000 and 200,000 yuan (£2,280; $3,000; €2,660 - £22,845; $30,000; €26,640). In a pilot scheme authorities are operating in the city, cash rewards of up to 10,000 yuan (£1,130; $1,500; €1,320) are given to anyone who informs on church activity in their neighbourhood.
In Xinjiang, north-west China, it is nearly impossible for Uighur Christians, especially if they are isolated, to access Scripture in their own language. Only a small number of print copies of the Bible are available to the Uighurs, the vast majority of whom are Muslim and already heavily oppressed by the government. A new initiative is bridging the gap by making digital New Testaments and other Scripture in Uighur available online. Many Uighur people are now accessing the Gospel in text and audio formats.
In Buddhist dominated Tibet, under the spiritual leadership of the 83-year-old Dalai Lama, there is a growing number of Tibetans turning to Christ. Buddhism has been heavily repressed by the Chinese government and humanism is promoted. But at present limited Christian literature is available in Tibetan languages.
Please join us in prayer: Call on the Lord to extend His hand of protection to Christians in Guangzhou against those tempted by the cash lures offered by the authorities. Thank the Lord for the new digital initiative that is helping our Uighur brothers and sisters to read God’s Word in their own language, in many cases for the first time. Pray that they will be protected and encouraged as they potentially face oppression from the government because of their Uighur ethnicity and also from other Uighurs because of their faith in Christ. Pray that Jesus Christ our Saviour be lifted up in Tibet and for the protection of Tibetan Buddhists who decide to follow Him.