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It’s been a year since Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng disappeared in China. The New York Times has a piece today on the unusual nature of his story, even in China. (Read more about Gao in CT’s profile of him following the disappearance.)

It’s unfortunate, not only because of the likely fact of Gao’s death, but also because when I was in the country in 2007, things looked so exciting for Christians in the country. Since then, the government has cracked down on unregistered churches and human rights campaigners.

As tensions between the US and China escalate, perhaps exposing Christians there to accusations of being foreign sympathizers, certainly now is the time for prayer for the Chinese church.

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