Missionary to Myanmar Thrown into a Chinese Prison for 7 Years

The unjust imprisonment of John Sanqiang Cao for his religious beliefs and missionary work to the people of Myanmar is a sobering reminder of the ongoing struggle for freedom of faith. Despite enduring seven years of inhumane treatment at the hands of the Chinese government, his unwavering spirit and deep-rooted convictions sustained him through this harrowing ordeal. The solace he found in hand-copied Bible verses, fervent prayers, and the unconditional love of his mother served as a beacon of hope amidst the darkness.

Brother Yun worked tirelessly to support orphans in Myanmar (Burma), underscoring the unwavering commitment Back to Jerusalem (BTJ) has towards the people in Myanmar. Two decades ago, when access to foreign lands was limited, Myanmar served as a gateway, offering Chinese missionaries their first exposure to the realities of the mission field and the opportunity to hone their skills in service of others.

Thus, although we at BTJ did not work directly with this missionary, the plight of Chinese missionaries in Myanmar (Burma) resonates profoundly. Hundreds of these courageous individuals have ventured into this neighboring nation, seeking to spread the Gospel message and provide aid to those in need. For many, Myanmar (Burma) was the first foreign land they encountered, a crucible that forged their resolve and prepared them for the challenges of the mission field.

The story of Pastor John Sanqiang Cao is truly inspiring, and his dedication to serving others is remarkable. Despite the risks and challenges, he fearlessly crossed borders to establish schools, rehabilitation centers, and provide vital resources to underprivileged communities in the notorious Golden Triangle region. His unwavering commitment to ministry work and missions is commendable.

This is why it is mind-blowing that this selfless man, who dedicated his life to helping others, was sentenced to seven years in a Chinese prison for simply crossing borders to carry out humanitarian efforts. The fact that he chose to keep his Chinese passport, even though he had the opportunity to become a U.S. citizen, just to continue his ministry work in China, is a testament to his unwavering passion and selflessness.

Cao’s story is a powerful reminder of the impact one person can have when used by God and not driven by their own desire to make a difference and recieve notoriety. Instead, his tireless efforts to establish schools, rehabilitation centers, and provide essential resources like medicine, books, and Bibles to those in need are awe-inspiring. Despite challenges and risks, he persevered, driven by his unwavering faith to God.

The release of Cao on March 5th, upon completion of his sentence, was a development worthy of acknowledgment. However, it is concerning that he now faces an additional five-year period of supervision and “thought reform” imposed by the local government in his hometown of Changsha. It is imperative that we extend our earnest prayers for Cao’s ability to lead a life of dignity and purpose. Furthermore, we must fervently pray for the continued dissemination of the Gospel throughout Myanmar (Burma), paving the way for an unprecedented spiritual awakening of monumental proportions.

I am a Messianic Jewish believer that felt the tug of the L-rd towards the unreached. I decided I would go to China. My love for the Chinese people grew while I was there, but when I learned of the Back to Jerusalem movement, I knew the L-rd wanted me to be proclaiming His gospel message to the unreached people between China and Jerusalem. Let’s unite and complete the great commission. We need to accept the challenge Jesus has given us so that we can feel the exhilaration of victory.

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