China restricts Christians online
China’s new “Administrative Measures for Internet Religious Information Services” went into full effect earlier this month.
Over the past six months, China has been rolling out the new restrictions to limit individuals and institutions from sharing religious information online.
For months now, house churches have had their WeChat accounts destroyed and their websites taken down.
China sees Christianity as a threat and has been trying to sinicize the church by injecting Chinese nationalism and socialism into its teaching.
Under the new laws, only organizations with a “Internet Religious Information Service License” can share online preaching and religious content.
In Acts 5, the high priest asked the apostles, “‘Did we not strictly command you not to teach in [Jesus’] name?’ … But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’”
50 million slaves worldwide
The new Global Estimates of Modern Slavery report found about 50 million people worldwide were living in modern slavery last year.
Twenty-eight million people were in forced labor and 22 million in forced marriages.
That’s 10 million more people in modern slavery now than in 2016. Women and children are still the most vulnerable.
Asia and the Pacific is the region with the most people living in forced labor or forced marriages. However, as a proportion of the population, the Arab States have the most people living in modern slavery.