Du Shuzheng rebelled against her family more than 50 years ago to become a female imam. She has trained more than 70 women to become imams, but now there are few girls who want to enter the profession. Ariana Lindquist for NPR hide caption

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Yao Hong worships at a Christian church in China's Protestant heartland. She's one of about 1,000 worshippers at the church. She believes it is patriotic to believe in God, and to pray for China's revival and well-being. Ariana Lindquist for NPR hide caption

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