Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Prayer Request 1/15 - 1/21


Tuesday
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.
Wednesday
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.
Thursday
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.
Friday
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.
Saturday
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.
Sunday
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.
Monday
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.

星期二
北京市政府公佈一項詳細計劃,將於2020年推出全面性「社會信用」體系,通過一系列措施獎勵或處罰“守信”和“失信”的個人和組織。此措施旨在將令那些被認為“失信”的人“寸步難行”。我們相信若中國有更多敬畏神愛人的基督徒,對社會、對國家都是一件美事。我們深信神掌管明天,願祂的手繼續拖帶祂的兒女,煉淨祂的教會,祂的選民。
星期三
隨著中國將推出的「社會信用」體系,數百萬中國的「失信者」會被禁止預訂機票和火車票。中國政府能夠如此精確地掌控數十億民眾的一舉一動,是世界少有的。神是鑒察人心、試驗人肺腑的,要照各人所行的和他做事的結果報應他。求聖靈常常提醒屬神的人要儆醒,存敬畏的心,我們的所作所為將來都要向神交賬。
星期四
“社會信用”體系的一個關鍵部分不僅涉及將社會信用得分低的人列入“黑名單”,而且還涉及“定期公開企業和個人的失信記錄,形成一個失信懲戒格局”。被列入任何黑名單是許多人最擔心的事,尤其是大大影響到工作和就業機會。我們特別為信主的大學生,被校方警告不可以再參加查經或團契,求主親自安慰、保守他們的信心。
星期五
對於那些被認為失信的人而言,“一處失信,處處受限,寸步難行,從而令違法和失信的人付出沉重代價”。近幾個月來,這一信用體系已經開始在一些地區實施,政府已經禁止數百萬人預訂機票和高鐵票。政府能夠即時掌控民眾和教會的一舉一動,當然也包括進出境的傳道人和信徒。我們再次爲中國教會禱告,在寒冬中仍有盼望和喜樂。
星期六
截至2018年5月,中國政府已經阻止1114萬人乘坐飛機和425萬人乘坐高鐵。上海西南的杭州是已經建立了社會信用體系的城市之一。參加不向政府註冊的家庭聚會的人,在法律上就是違法的,近來也成為政府取締的對象。我們要為參加家庭教會的信徒們禱告,求神安慰他們,也賜給他們智慧如何推展事工。
星期日
參加志願者工作和獻血等活動能夠轉化成信用積分。相應的,違反交通規則會受到處罰。據報導,其他違規行為還包括在禁煙區吸煙,購買過多視頻遊戲和在網​​上發布假新聞等。在中國公開承認自己是基督徒並不容易,是要付上極大代價的。我們為每一位相信主耶穌,卻選擇不表明的信徒禱告,願主安慰、堅定他們的信心不動搖,靈命也有成長。
星期一
除了出行受阻之外,「社會信用」體系據信處罰還包括降低網速,減少個人及其子女進入好學校就讀的機會,禁止人們從事特定工作,禁止預定特定酒店以及失去養寵物的權利。我們為因信仰而面對罰款、懲罰、失業、拘禁,甚至入獄的人禱告。求神堅定他們和他們家人的信心,充足供應他們的需用。