Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Prayer Request 2/9 - 2/15

Tuesday
The Lunar New Year makes for trying travel in China, as hundreds of millions of people return home by trains, planes and buses to celebrate the country’s most important holiday.When the weather turns foul, the journey can turn nightmarish with horrendous delay. Many churches host evangelistic meeting during the Spring Festival time. We thank the Lord for all of these efforts and pray that the Holy Spirit will cause all the seeds that are sown to grow. We pray that all returning believers will have good fellowship with their home church.
Wednesday
Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong, China’s most populous province and host to the country’s largest number of migrant workers. Poor travel seasons are often felt most drastically in the city. Many Christians stop attending church once they leave their hometown. May the Chinese New Year holiday be a time of revival for those who have been away from home and have also been away from churches.
Thursday
Majority of migrant workers in Guangdong is age 35 or younger, with average of 10 years of formal education which exceed the national average of 8 years. Overall, the average education level of migrant is improving. We pray specifically for those who share the gospel to migrant workers in Guangdong, the Lord gives them strength, physical and spiritual, so their harvest will be plentiful.
Friday
To those who go to work in Guangdong, their preference of cities are Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Huizhou, in that order. We pray for churches in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, although their members tend to move about, and is always challenging for the pastors to follow up, but many of them do want to reach out to the migrant workers.
Saturday
More factories in China are moving inland from the coastal provinces is a trend. This means more migrant workers are working in cities closer to their own villages, and this maybe a very good development for China’s rural churches suffering the loss of young believers. We pray for churches in cities that are equipping the migrant workers, as they return home in a few years, they could then be ready to share gospel in villages and serve the Lord more effectively in their churches.
Sunday
Reaching out to migrant works sound simple, but it is not because many of their shops and factories run nearly continuously. On top of that, the turnover of migrant workers is huge.We pray for all the efforts to share the gospel with migrant workers in all the cities. The Lord grant them grace, strength and numbers of people saved. May their work be fruitful and harvests are bountiful.
Monday
Migrant workers leave their village homes to work in cities, 41.8% of them said making money is the chief goal, some simply do so because it is a trend and others consider working in cities an adventure.As migrants who are Christians return home, perhaps their churches in villages will be changed because of their city exposure. We pray for revival of all rural churches in China, also for breakthrough and transformation in the ways they do ministries.


星期二
中國在春節掀起了春運高峰,數億人搭乘火車、飛機、大客車回鄉探親,慶祝中國最重要的節日。然而當天氣轉壞,回家的旅程就會變得有如一場惡夢。很多教會在春節舉行佈道會,我們要為此感謝上帝。願聖靈大大動工,讓褔音種子能茁壯成長。求主也使回到老家的弟兄姊妹能多多激勵當地的信徒。
星期三
廣東是中國人口最多的省份,廣州市是廣東省省會,也接納了全國最多的外來勞工。通常在這個城市,最能感受到這種糟糕的交通高峰期。許多信徒進城打工後就不去聚會是個令人耽憂的事實。我們為過年才回家的信徒禱告,願復興的靈火,在春節這段休息的時間,再次復興他們的靈命。
星期四
廣東省外來民工以35歲以下的年輕人為主,平均受過十年教育,超過全國成年人平均受教育年限(8年,即初中三程度),外來民工的文化教育程度正逐步提升。我們為忠心向廣東民工傳福音的肢體祈求,願主賜下心力、靈力,使他們手中為主耕耘的好土能有豐美的收成。
星期五
對來廣東省打工的人來說,最理想的城市是深圳,其次是廣洲,再者是佛山、東莞、珠海、中山、惠州等地。我們為深圳、廣洲的教會禱告,雖然工人的流動性大,牧人跟進亦大有挑戰,但許多教會仍以外地工人為傳福音對象,求主親自賜下忠心與愛心,引導事工的推展。
星期六
許多工廠從沿海省份往內陸遷移是個新趨勢,越來越多的民工已漸漸從沿岸大城,回到自己老家附近的城鎮打工,這對內陸教會的發展是個好現象。求主幫助城市的教會能給民工信徒充足的屬靈裝備,當他們幾年後返回自己的家鄉時,自然便將福音種子帶到各個省份去,在神所預備的崗位上為主作工,造福自己的教會。
星期日
向民工傳福音聽起來容易,但實際上難度很大。尤其是許多工廠或店鋪每週工作七天,每天12小時,要工人抽出空檔很困難;加上民工的流動性太大,跟進也不易。我們來為所有向民工傳福音的信徒禱告,求主施恩加力,無論得時不得時,總是盡力救人靈魂;又保守他們的事工結出美好的果實來。
星期一
中國的農民工離家進入大城巿打工的目的,有41.8%是為了賺錢,還有的純粹是跟著潮流走,而他們出來打工的最後收獲是開拓了眼界。農村教會因著打工 的肢體新一波返鄉潮,在各樣行政事工及做法上或許會有改進。求主復興所有農村教會,事工因此有所突破,觀念作風也有所改革更新。