Many of the young people from China who study abroad return home as new believers in Jesus Christ. It is difficult to do a long-term follow up of these young people and many of them don't even go to church. We pray for the continuing spiritual growth of all converts and that there will be ways to help them grow.
In the past, churches in China have not valued student ministry because they are considered a poor investment. We ask God to change this wrong attitude, so we will have a kingdom perspective, knowing we are investing in people God can use in other churches and preparing vessels God will use for His Kingdom.
It is a trend that the majority of students who studied abroad will return to China. When these Chinese converts return home, they often find it difficult to find a church where they feel comfortable. It is important to connect them to churches and more importantly smaller fellowship groups. We pray that church leaders in China will see the need to reach out to young believers and include them in their ministries, especially those churches in the larger cities.
Becoming a Christian has changed young Christians’ views about the pursuit of wealth. For them, they have lived their whole life listening to their parents. Choosing to believe in Jesus is the only major decision they have made for themselves. We pray for all of the young believers whose parents are not Christians. May the Lord continue to help their faith to grow so they will have an even more powerful and convincing testimony in front of their parents.
In the economic boom days, Shenyang's heavy industrial enterprises, mostly government-owned, grew rapidly. As China's investment dropped, these large factories were quickly shut down. Rural churches in China seem to follow the same course. They went into rapid decline as young people left their villages to work in the cities. We pray for extra mercy, beseeching God for faithful workers. We pray for sisters who will assume caring and teaching ministries with their churches.
Economic stagnation in Shenyang area plus other similar regions can seriously constrain China's overall economic development. It is evident that rural churches in China are in serious trouble. They have lost many young people who left to work in cities. For rural churches in decline, we pray for mercy, may the Lord give them a breakthrough to share the gospel with their villagers.
Shenyang has a plan to stimulate its economy by attracting investment and entrepreneurship. So does every province in China. There are already plenty of cities in northeastern China competing with Shenyang. Many are pessimistic about the future of rural churches in China. We believe God is able to do great things and raise up faithful workers to feed His sheep in villages throughout China.