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A Boy in Guangzhou

China
Abel

Abel (not his real name) goes to Sunday school and church every week. At Sunday school he learns many songs and Bible verses. Some of the favorite verses of his classmates are John 10:28 and John 3:16. One of the songs they sing regularly is based on Psalm 133. At church Abel and his friends pray and listen to the preacher.

“I have been coming to Sunday school for 10 years,” Abel told a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs. “My mother introduced me to Jesus.”

Abel’s story might not sound unusual. Many Christian children around the world could tell similar stories about their Sunday school and church.

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China

China

China

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Capital
Beijing

Size
China has more people than any other country in the world. In area, it is the fourth largest country.

Main Languages
Chinese

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 8:00 p.m. in Beijing.

Interesting Fact
China covers enough territory to have many time zones. But the government wants everyone to officially use Beijing time. In Kashgar, a city in western China, the sun can rise after 9:00 a.m. in the winter according to Beijing time. Sunset can be as late as 10:00 p.m. in the summer. So people from the Uygur ethnic group in Kashgar follow their own unofficial time.

History
In 1949, communists took over the government of China. They tried to get rid of Christianity. It was against the law to spread the Good News of Jesus. Few Chinese people owned Bibles.

Religion
About half the people in China are not part of any religion. About 40% are Buddhist or followers of traditional Chinese religions. Less than 10% are Christian.

Persecution
The majority of Chinese Christians worship in house churches that are not approved by the government. In some parts of China, police raid house churches, arrest Christians, and take away Bibles. But millions of people are coming to Christ every year.