Prayer Point

Guangzhou, population 12 million, is the first major city in China to offer money to anyone who informs on church activity in their neighbourhood that hasn’t got the government stamp of approval.

Gossipy neighbours could pocket up to 10,000 yuan (£1,130) for whispered tip-offs about “illegal religious activities”.

The biggest reward of between 5,000 and 10,000 yuan is offered if a foreign pastor is snared. Between 3,000 and 5,000 yuan will be paid if information leads to an unregistered foreign religious group being shut down, and from 100 to 3,000 yuan will be paid to tongue-waggers who inform on local church gatherings and pastors.                    [Barnabas Fund]

Please pray:

  • For China’s Christians facing increasing pressure, for courage and wisdom
  • That God will change the hearts of China’s leadership and that they will respect freedom of religion.
  • Continue to pray for Pastor Wang Yi, arrested in December along with his wife Jiang Rong and ten elders of his church for “subverting state power,” that they will stay strong in their faith.