The Voice of the Martyrs calls on Christians to pray for Chinese believers persecuted during the Winter Olympics
BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma., January 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Over the next few weeks, the eyes of the world will be on beijing and the 2022 Winter Olympics. Before and during the Games, The Voice of the Martyrs calls on Christians to pledge to pray for Chinese Christians persecuted by the oppressive communist government of the host country.
AT PrayForChina2022.com, believers can pledge to participate in this global prayer campaign for persecuted Christians in China. They can also receive prayer updates, invite others to pray via social media, add prayer reminders to their calendar, and learn more about how the Chinese Communist government persecutes Christians in the within its borders.
According to VOM Global Prayer Guide 2022, China is classified as a restricted nation. The “restricted” designation is given to countries where government-sanctioned circumstances or anti-Christian laws result in Christians being harassed, imprisoned, killed, or deprived because of their testimony. This designation is also used for countries where government policy or practice prevents Christians from obtaining Bibles or other Christian publications.
During the last years China The government forcibly closed hundreds of churches, arrested or detained hundreds of pastors and church members, and banned online sales of Bibles.
Church leaders are under intense pressure to join the state-sanctioned Protestant Church organization, the government-controlled Three Autonomists Patriotic Movement, and submit to the scrutiny of Communist Party officials .
Todd Nettleton, spokesperson for VOM, said: “The Olympic Games are always filled with wonderful pageantry and inspiring sporting achievements. But let’s not forget what the host government doesn’t want us to see: imprisoned pastors, destroyed churches and a complete lack of religious freedom. I hope every Christian will use every Olympic event and update as a reminder to pray for our persecuted family members in China.”
“Add your name to PrayForChina2022.com join Christians around the world who have pledged to pray for persecuted Christians in China every day during the Olympics,” Nettleton said.
The Voice of the Martyrs is an interdenominational Christian non-profit organization founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned for 14 years in communist Romania for his faith in Christ. VOM is dedicated to serving persecuted Christians around the world with practical and spiritual assistance and to bringing other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them.
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