Some of the churches in China have started Sunday schools for children but many still consider that a ministry with children is mere babysitting or story-telling so they do not support people to teach in Sunday school, nor do they provide resources for it. We pray for all of the children in the churches that God will bless them through the Sunday school, help them to know Him better and serve Him all of their lives by following Jesus.
Some pastors in China do have a vision for ministry among children so they have Sunday school in their churches and even age-specific classes for the children and retreats for the teachers. May the Lord remind all believing parents to focus on the spiritual health of their children the same way they demand their children do well academically.
In China, the vast majority of children's Sunday school teachers are young females. What they lack in experience they make up by their passion and burden to lead the children to Jesus. We pray for the training of children's teachers, especially those who are interested but need coaching and need to learn the basics about teaching.
The churches in China need Sunday school curriculum very badly. Some teachers create their own simple lessons, some even have an illustrated booklet or teaching props. We pray for the supply of curriculum for Sunday school, teacher's guides, and teaching aids for the churches that need them so their Sunday schools can be more effective.
In China overall, children's Sunday schools in the cities are improving. However, they greatly need people who can lead games, group activities, and retreats. Teachers in children's ministries need to improve their teaching skills as well. We pray especially for churches in smaller cities and towns where ministry to children is minimal that they will get basic training for their teachers.
In China, many pastors and seminary students who serve in impoverished villages feel they must farm to support themselves. Although they are very poor, they still serve the Lord faithfully. We pray that many more Christians will support these poor church workers and truly appreciate the role and needs of a country pastor.
Since the economic reform in China a lot of money has gone to erect new church buildings but fewer funds have been invested in training pastors. Well-trained pastors and those who are better equipped are far more important than having beautiful buildings. We pray that believers in China will have a transformed mindset and see the great importance of theological education and the equipping of their pastors.