Alimujiang Yimiti, a Uighur convert from Islam, is serving a 15-year sentence labour camp in China. He was accused in 2008 of using his business as cover for sharing the Gospel with Uighurs, a mainly Muslim ethnic group in Xinjiang province, north-western China, and later arrested. His wife Gulinuer and their sons are only allowed to see him for a quarter of an hour every three months. While the younger child dreams of the day his father is released, the older has lost hope and become sad and discouraged.
Like Alimujiang, many believers in China serve time in prison, though usually for much shorter periods. Although Christianity is permitted in China, access to Christian literature is restricted and places of worship are tightly controlled. Officially, Christian worship is only allowed in registered churches, but even the members of registered churches face discrimination in employment; as Christians they are barred from almost all high-level jobs. And these churches are subject to arbitrary restrictions.
House churches (ie. u tered churches) are routinely raided and shut down by Chinese authorities fearful of their rapid growth. The leaders of these churches are sometimes attacked, arrested and put in prison, where they may be beaten or tortured for their faith. Based on state church membership, the authorities in this communist-led, atheist government estimate the number of Christians to be around 22 million, but some other estimates are as high as 100 million.
Praise God for the growing numbers of Chinese people placing their trust in God, despite the constant threat of harassment and persecution. Pray for Chinese believers who are imprisoned across the country, some of them facing torture and abuse. Pray for greater freedom for Christians in China to worship together pray also for greater access to Bibles and Christian literature. Pray that Chinese believers will not be discriminated against when seeking employment. Ask that job opportunities in government positions will be offered to Chinese believers.