|Region||East and Southeast Asia|
|Leader||President Xi Jinping|
|Population||1 388 233 000|
|Main Religion||Atheism/Traditional Chinese Beliefs|
“God doesn’t ever leave me, but stays with me all the time… I have to face what’s coming to me next.”
President Xi Jinping often refers to the ‘Chinese Dream’. This includes prosperity and shaping a Chinese century. But the overarching aim is to preserve Communist rule by maintaining social order. All forces that threaten this ‘dream’ are fought against. The authorities regard Christianity as a powerful social force and are determined to bring it under control.
China is a complex and diverse country. Christianity has boomed since the 1980s and is still growing. Christians well outnumber members of the Chinese Communist Party. The Church faces many challenges. These include a lack of trained leaders, increasing materialism and urbanisation. The government’s growing emphasis on traditional Confucian values is also affecting the Church. Many pastors are still imprisoned. Christians with a Muslim or Tibetan Buddhist background face additional persecution.
Open Doors provides basic biblical and discipleship training to the most persecuted Christian groups: Muslim and Buddhist background Christians. We also provide support to Chinese Christians in persecution preparation, discipleship and stewardship in a contextualised manner, in preparation for possible tightening religious restrictions.