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Population:

1.4 billion

Evangelical population:

7.54%

People groups:

547

Unreached people groups:

445

China

Slightly smaller than the United States, China has the world’s largest population of 1.4 billion people. Previously a world leader, China declined after its Cultural Revolution crippled the economy and took millions of lives. Since 1978, however, China has risen as the world’s second largest economy.

A large portion of the population (43.6%) identifies as having no religion, followed closely by those who practice ethnic religions (32.3%). Those who practice Buddhism comprise nearly 13% of the population. Religion is prohibited in the public sphere, and numerous restrictions on religious activity were enacted in 2018. These restrictions have made it increasingly difficult to be a Christian in China. Churches, Christian schools, and Bibles are being systematically shut down; multiple pastors are in prison, accused of illegal activity. Churches that remain open are increasingly pressured to conform the message of the gospel to Communist ideology.

Many church leaders have divided their congregations into small, underground groups. Others continue their discipleship and training programs online. Despite the new restrictions, the Church in China continues to grow. China has experienced the fastest growing church movement in history—from 2.7 million evangelicals in 1975 to over 100 million today.

As a side effect of rapid growth and persecution, Christian leaders are scarce—some groups report only one trained leader for every 7,000 believers or even every 40,000 in some areas. A shortage of printed Bibles and literature has also afflicted the church, with some congregations sharing a single Bible. As a result, the Chinese church has been susceptible to false teaching. Chinese culture suffers from growing materialism and rampant corruption. Additionally, China’s birth restrictions have prompted roughly 23 million abortions per year.

Indigenous ministries in China are helping to remedy the need for trained pastors and Christian leaders. From 2017 to 2019, one ministry expanded its Bibles studies from 230 classes to 470 classes throughout the country. They request assistance for this vital program.

While many people among the Han Chinese majority have accepted Christ, many of the country’s ethnic minority groups have no Christians among them. Indigenous ministries are strategically reaching several of these minorities through community outreach programs and compassionate aid. Others are working to translate Scripture into minority languages.

Additional ministries include several Bible-based drug rehabilitation centers that are helping addicts recover and learn vocational skills, a Christian preschool, an outreach to disabled orphans in remote areas of Tibet, and feeding programs for needy and refugee children.

Sources: Joshua Project, CIA World Factbook, Operation World

How to Pray for China

  • Pray for great wisdom, courage, and perseverance for Chinese Christians as they seek to glorify God and stand strong in their faith without compromise.
  • Pray for provision and protection for indigenous ministries that are sharing the love, hope, and truth of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for the many ethnic minorities in China that are unreached with the gospel, that they would soon have witnesses for Christ among them.
  • Pray for the continued growth of the Church in China and for the resources necessary to provide believers with discipleship and training in God’s Word

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