Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Prayer Request 5/23 - 5/29

Tuesday
Students from China who​ have studied abroad are returning to China and women comprise the majority of them. They return because jobs and prospects for marriage are hard to find abroad. A considerable number of these returnees have come to Christ while they were overseas. We give thanks for all of those who came to a saving knowledge of Jesus while they studied abroad--a result of the great sacrifice and seed sown by many Chinese churches overseas.
Wednesday
Based​on the experience of those in China who serve the returnees from abroad, at least three-fourths of them who professed to be Christians or even those who were baptized do not have a consistent spiritual life and many have fallen away. We pray for those who have recently returned to China that the Lord will keep them safe and connect them quickly with other Christians in their workplace or help them find a supportive church fellowship where they can continue to be discipled and grow in love for God.
Thursday
Highly educated Chinese who return to China from abroad face reverse culture shock and a myriad of problems in living in their homeland. It is difficult for them to get back into the Chinese way of life, especially for idealistic young people. ​It is absolutely crucial for returnees to connect with a local church fellowship. We pray those who led them to Christ will emphasize the importance of this ​to these new babes in Christ and help them to have personal devotion ​soon after conversion.
Friday
Students from China who have studied abroad face reverse culture shock which includes​ readjustment to issues of pollution, food safety, housing shortages and exorbitant housing costs, traffic problems, seeking medical help, problems in finding a mate and job, pressure at work, and the idea that "everything needs connection to get things done." ​We pray for the guarding of hearts and victory for Christians who return from abroad to China as they face tremendous financial and sexual temptations.​
Saturday
In China,​a key reason that so many Christians who return from abroad fall away is their own weak faith. Most of these people are perhaps new believers or newly baptized and merely believers--not disciples. Their lives have not been transformed. We pray that these Christians will quickly join a close-knit faith community, become connected and continue to be nurtured. This is not easy because existing churches are usually receptive to young people who have returned from abroad but have no idea of how churches in China operate.
Sunday
There is little done to help Chinese Christian returnees to prepare for their return to China. They may well have almost no understanding of the challenges they will face on their return, especially if they have not been Christians​ in China before. We pray that Christian believers and fellowship​s around them might help them to prepare well for their return to China,​ since​ this is the only way their faith can survive back in China.
Monday
It is not​ easy for Christians who return from abroad to China to find and join a church in this Communist-controlled country. There is also political pressure along with the fear of making their Christian identity public as well as objections from their unbelieving family members, and spiritual homesickness. We pray that those studying abroad will receive a good grounding in the faith and have the opportunity to think through the challenges they may face on their return. May the Lord have mercy on them so they will have boldness and make godly friends quickly.


星期二
目前中國留學生回國就業是個極大的趨勢,女性比例高於男性,佔59.16%。主要是由於在海外找工作、擇偶等都相對困難。歸國學人當中,不少人在國外時信了耶穌。我們要為所有在海外時認識基督的中國學生向主獻上感恩,尤其是海外華人教會多年忠心辛勤的擺上,是他們播撒的種子所結出的果實,願主記念和保守福音的果效能深遠流長。
星期三
根據許多參與服事海歸信徒的同工的經驗,至少有75%的人在回國時是信耶穌、甚至受過洗的。由於沒有持續的屬靈生活,有很多人已經離開了信仰。 我們為最近回國的年輕基督徒祈求,求主帶領他們的平安,能加入支持他們靈命成長的教會團契,持續在愛主及信心上有所長進,也在門徒訓練上得到充份的造就。
星期四
受過海外教育熏陶的海歸們,帶著滿腔的理想,回國時往往面對著逆向的本土文化衝擊,他們要重新適應種種中國原本的社會問題。返國的海歸信徒,加入當地教會是持續信仰成長必要的一步。求主提醒帶領他們信主的屬靈父母,能快快幫助他們靈性的成熟,也教導這些主裡的嬰兒,快快有自己的靈修生活,能自己汲取神的靈糧,生發不摇動的信心。
星期五
回國海歸會面對的逆向文化衝擊的挑戰,包括回到中國遭遇的各類問題,例如污染、食品安全、離譜的居家費用、交通、取得醫療的困難,工作壓力,和“一切都要靠關係”的現實環境。信耶穌的海歸回國後,一定會經歷更多的錢財和性慾的引誘。求主保守他們的心懷意念,藉著信靠主和真理,能有力量勝過世界的考驗。
星期六
大批在國外信主的海歸,他們回國後信仰流失的主要原因,往往是自己的信仰不夠成熟。這些基督徒多半是剛受洗、甚至還是慕道的,並沒有紮實的信仰根基,生命也沒有真正的改變。我們要為這些新信徒能快快地找到合適他們的教會與團契禱告。一般的教會還不太能接納這些年輕且剛回國的新信徒。求主幫助兩方彼此都有很好的適應。
星期日
在國外信主的海歸,尤其是出國前沒有接觸過教會的新信徒,根本沒有心理準備回國後如何在中國持續他們的信仰。由於毫不了解回中國後,持守信仰的種種艱難挑戰,以致容易流失。我們來為還在海外求學的基督徒學生禱告。求主使他們身旁的基督徒與團契,能夠幫助他們做好心理準備如何應對回國後的挑戰,裝備他們在回國後能持守信仰。
星期一
新的基督徒回到現今中國的大環境,通常很難找到合適的教會融入其中。同時還有政治壓力:害怕公開他們的基督徒身分及來自不信主的家人的反對,他們會有‘屬靈的鄉愁’以及各種靈裡的水土不服。求主讓這些學生能有紮實的信仰基礎,並有機會思考回國後可能面對的各種挑戰。 願主加添他們的信心和膽量,也有一群追求神的義的屬靈良友。