Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Prayer Request 1/15 - 1/21

Beijing city government rolled out the "social credit" system which aims to make it “difficult to move” for those deemed “untrustworthy”. It will be used to reward or punish people and organizations for “trustworthiness” across a range of measures. We strongly believe Christians can offer China great value to the society and nation as well. We also believe, that God is in control and that His hand is leading His children as well as cleansing His church in China.
Millions of Chinese nationals have been blocked from booking flights or trains as Beijing seeks to implement its controversial "social credit" system, which allows the government to closely monitor and judge each of its 1.3 billion citizens based on their behavior and activity. It is very unique that China can control the movement of her citizens with advanced technologies. The Holy Spirit reminds us that God knows our hearts and thoughts, and we all will give account for our deeds and (delete give account for our deeds) receive a reward according to our deeds.
The government of China implemented a bold plan to blacklist those who score low on the "social credit system". It will also disclose the records of those "unworthy" individuals and enterprises on a regular basis and form a pattern of distrust and punishment. Being blacklisted is detrimental to finding and keeping employment in China. We pray especially for college students who were sternly warned by officials not to attend Bible study or fellowship, that the Lord will grant them much comfort and they will keep their faith.
In China, for citizens deemed untrustworthy, going everywhere is limited. Those people who have violated the law and lose the trust of the government will pay a heavy price. The credit system has been implemented in some areas and in recent months, millions of people are blocked from booking flights and high-speed trains. The Chinese government monitors its citizens and churches alike closely, especially the movement of pastors and believers across the borders. We pray again for the churches that they will endure the blistering winter with joy and hope.
According to the state-run news, as of May 2018, the government of China had blocked 11.14 million people from flights and 4.25 million from taking high-speed train trips. Legally, attending unregistered house churches is an act of unlawful gathering and subject to arrest, too. We pray for all believers who are in this predicament, that the Lord will give them comfort and wisdom knowing how to continue their ministries.
In China, people are awarded credit points for activities such as doing volunteer work and donating blood while those who violate traffic laws and charge "under the table" fees are punished. Other infractions include smoking in non-smoking zones, buying too many video games, and posting fake news online. In China, it is never easy to be a Christian and each must pay a huge price to admit publicly one's Christian faith. We pray for believers who choose not to profess their faith in public that the Lord will strengthen them and help them grow spiritually.
Punishments are not clearly detailed in China’s government plan beyond making travel difficult. Punishment is also believed to include slowing of internet speeds, limiting access to good schools for individuals or their children, banning people from certain jobs, booking at certain hotels and ownership of pets. We pray for those that face fines, penalties, loss of jobs, detainment and even prison for their belief. We also ask the Lord to strengthen them and their families and provide for them. Pray also for those that persecute them.