On March 5, 2017, police arrested Cao San-Qiang (John Cao), a Chinese pastor known for his work among Myanmar’s poor. Authorities charged Pastor Cao with “organizing illegal crossings of national borders.
Pastor Cao, 58, is married to an American citizen and is a long-time resident of North Carolina. Experts believe his arrest and sentencing are related to the ruling Communist Party’s attempts to control the house church movement.
Pray for the pastor’s wife, Jamie Powell, and their sons, Benjamin and Amos.
7-year Sentence Upheld - July 2019