Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Prayer Request 2/21 - 2/27

Tuesday
China in an ambitious program to expand the use of nuclear energy plans to build many nuclear reactors over the next decade. Beijing considers this to be essential if they are to wean the Chinese economy away from its reliance on coal-fired plants that churn out air pollution and carbon dioxide. ​Pastors are much like spiritual generators for their churches. We pray for all who are preparing to enter the ministry and those who are discerning God's​ call into the ministry. May they be well--equipped and have ready hearts to be shepherds.
Wednesday
China plans to be the world's largest producer of nuclear energy by 2030. To meet this goal, she must add six to eight reactor units every year over the coming decades, most likely including the first in inland provinces like Henan and neighboring Hubei. Many Chinese pastors see themselves as ill-equipped​ to meet the complex needs of their flocks We pray for them, that they will not only preach the truth well, but be able to make practical application of it and be examples for their members.
Thursday
China's authoritarian government is adept at corralling public opinion to get its way. It can ram through its plans over the objections of people. Opponents, however say it's closed, secretive political system is ill-equipped to manage a rapid expansion of nuclear power.​ ​Being too busy is common for pastors in China. They feel spent and dried-up spiritually due to the heavy load of their ministry and ​excessive expectations of the people. May the Lord refresh the pastors and renew their families.
Friday
At the present time China operates thirty nuclear power reactors, mostly along its east coast and they account for 2.4 percent of the national consumption of electricity.​ ​Twenty-one additional nuclear plants are under construction.​Loneliness and a lack of emotional support are common traits shared by​ pastors in China. May the Lord have mercy on them, give them spouses who serve together with one heart, and uplifting friendships. Above all, may He guard their hearts so they do not fall into the devil's snares.
Saturday
China has built its reactors on the coast, where water needed for cooling systems is plentiful and there are big cities nearby hungry for power. But the next phase is almost certain to push inland, and that has become a chief focus for opponents of the nuclear program. Few Chinese pastors have consistent opportunity to learn and equip themselves​ on the job. Opportunities for further training are scarce for those in remote regions and in villages. We pray for ​the ​grace of God for pastors, giving them ​a ​sense of excitement and​ the​ opportunity to ​become ​equipped​ and learn​ new things​
Sunday
The deadly explosions in Tianjin (where hazardous chemicals were improperly stored close to residential areas) a year ago​ make people in China uneasy about the construction of any power plant. Lax regulation, graft, and confusion tend to undo the government's promises to put safety first. Many pastors feel they aren't doing much as well as feeling unappreciated and unloved. We lift up these wounded shepherds and ask the Lord to care for them and heal them, giving them both spiritual and physical rest and recreation which many pastors in China badly need.
Monday
Many Chinese have returned to China in recent months following studies overseas. More ​ and more​ of them are not able to find jobs after graduation and must return to China. To them and their families, it may be a disappointment after years of substantial financial investment. Pray for all those involved in outreach to Chinese overseas. Pray that they might take every opportunity to understand more clearly the issues returning Chinese believers will face and do all they can through discussion and prayer.


星期二
為要減少中國經濟對燃煤發電的依賴,官方認為在下個十年内增建核電廠是勢在必行。燃煤發電會污染空氣及產生大量二氧化碳。傳道人餵養信徒的靈性需要如同發電站供電一樣。我們為神學生及有心回應全職服事呼召的弟兄姊妹禱告,願神保守他們的服事心志,好好裝備自己,成為主合用的器皿。
星期三
計劃中的核電項目會讓中國在2030年成為世界上最大的核能國。未來十年內,每年將新建六到八個反應爐機組。這很可能包括在河南及湖北等內陸省份修建核電站。許多傳道人常自認裝備不足,難以面對日益繁重及複雜的教會需要。求主加添傳道人智慧,在講解聖經時,除了將真理傳講清楚外,更要幫助信徒實際應用,並以身作則,在日常生活裡顯明基督。
星期四
中國政府往往被認為善於左右公共輿論,不顧老百姓的反對,以達目的讓計劃得以實施。反對興建核電廠者說,中國封閉的隱秘政治體制缺乏管理核電快速擴建的能力。中國傳道人所承擔的事奉極其繁重。忙,是普遍傳道人的寫照,傳道人被自己的「事奉」與信徒的厚望過度消費。求主讓他們每天在主前有安靜的時間,與神親密靈交,支取主的力量來事奉祂和更新他們的家庭。
星期五
中國目前已運營30個核電反應爐,主要是在東海沿岸,核電的使用佔全國用電量的2.4%。另外有21個正在建設中的核電廠。孤獨,缺少支持可能是傳道人的共同感受。求主恩待傳道人,給他們有同心服事的配偶,也有能傾訴的屬靈良友。願神保守他們的心懷意念,不落入惡者的網羅。
星期六
中國一直在沿海修建核電廠,因為冷卻系統所需的充足供水,而且就近供應附近需電量大的大城市。但下一個階段肯定會是向內陸推進,這會成為核計劃反對者的首要重點。傳道人擁有繼續深造的機會並能堅持下來的不多,對於一些偏遠山區和農村傳道人而言,新穎的資訊和資源就更加匱乏。求主恩待他們,挪去力不從心的感覺,也給他們有進深裝備新知的機會。
星期日
2015 天津發生的大爆炸釀成龐大傷亡,主要因是存儲危險化學品。雖然官方再三承諾安全第一,但監管鬆懈、瀆職和官方的故意混淆使得老百姓失去信心。許多傳道人感到失落,或沒有得到弟兄姊妹的認同而灰心。求主安慰這些受傷的牧者,願主自己成為他的傾聽者和輔導者,也給他們能享受安靜,重新得力,得著靈性的支援。
星期一
越來越多人在海外畢業後卻找不到當地實習或者工作的機會,回國就業比例越來越高。對他們自己和家人而言,多年在學業上的大筆投資,或許多少有些遺憾。我們為向海外中國人傳福音的弟兄姊妹禱告,求主幫助他們把握每個機會,盡所能去教導、討論和禱告,使這些準海歸能更加清楚認識到返國後將會面對的問題和挑戰。