TuesdayChinese house churches face many challenges, establish and implement reasonable compensation is on the foremost. Lacking such provision is the key reason impeding the growth of many house churches. We praise God for how so many house church’s pastor who are impoverished and still serve so faithfully. We pray that Chinese believers would stop demand their pastor must be poor in order to serve faithfully. The Lord cause us all to honor His servants by providing them well.
In the past, student ministry to Chinese students could be done only in China. Now, however, many college students from China are going to Taiwan on their own. We pray that churches on the island will grab this window of opportunity to share the gospel with the mainland students without even having to leave home. May the Lord stir up the fire of evangelism and use the churches in Taiwan as a channel of great blessings.
In China every college student has a computer and is online all of the time. Internet is the most influential element for those in their twenties. Churches need to include the internet in their reaching out to the young people in China. There are indeed many people sharing their faith online so we pray for those who create these testimonies and the online-sharing. May the Lord use this content to draw people to seek and find out what the gospel is all about.
Seventy percent of the people on the internet in China are younger than 30 years old and they spend about three hours daily online. One hundred million more people access the internet via their hand phones. We pray that churches in China can reach out and serve the young people who seek to know more about the faith online, that they will give them support and provide a positive environment to make church a friendly place for them and their friends.
College fellowships in big cities can be quite internationals, drawing Christians students from many countries, especially from South Korea. Some even meet in their own cafe, playing worship songs. We pray for these fellowship groups and their leaders, the Lord use them to attract more Chinese students. Although the local police know of their existence, we pray for their safety as they grow in numbers.
Many of the Christian college students born after 1990 are quite bold, they sing and hands out church bulletins on the street, and pass out Bible on campus. Some of them even use social media to support churches that faced demolition, rising housing cost and corruption. Chinese churches are slow in accepting young people. We pray for churches in China as they learn to accept the young people and making some changes to welcome the young people. It is our prayer that young Christians will bring vitality and fresh outlook for many churches.
In China, middle class accounted for three-quarters of all the divorced couples. Extra-marital affair is the leading cause of divorces. In Shanghai, that rate is about 56%. Extra-marital affairs happen among Christian families, but scarcely few churches can really provide help or counselling. We pray for guarding of our hearts and fleeing from all temptations for all Christian couples.