the great need
China is a vast country with roughly 1.4 billion people. Since the 1990s the country has seen a rapid growth in Christianity. About 130 million Chinese are considered Christian, most of whom worship in house churches. About 30 million of these Christians are affiliated with the only legal church, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement which is controlled by the Communist government. This state church blends political messaging with a watered down version of the gospel.
The situation for Christians has deteriorated due to government suppression and an intolerance toward house churches.
In recent years, it is evident that the Chinese government is implementing a mandate to “sinicize” every religious ideology in the country.
Sinicize (sin–uh-sahyz )
This process seeks to make beliefs, including Christianity, fall in line with their interpretation of Communism. This means a steady drip of pressure, where the government increases surveillance, control and restrictions of believers. New restrictions on internet, social media, non-governmental organizations and the 2018 regulations on religion are strictly applied, increasingly spread throughout the country, and all seriously limit freedom.
“When I cannot read, when I cannot think, when I cannot even pray, I can trust.”