Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Prayer Request 8/23 - 8/29

Tuesday
​Some of the churches in China have started Sunday schools for children but many still consider that a ministry with children is mere babysitting or story-telling so they do not support people to teach in Sunday school, nor do they provide resources for it.​ We pray for all of the children in the churches that God will bless them through the Sunday school, help them to know Him better and serve Him all of their lives by following Jesus.
Wednesday
Some pastors in China do have a vision for ministry among children so they have Sunday school in their churches and even age-specific classes for​ the children and retreats for the teachers. May the Lord remind all believing parents to focus on the spiritual health of their children the same way they demand their children do well academically.
Thursday
​In China, the vast majority of children's Sunday school teachers are young females. What they lack in experience they make up by their passion and burden to lead the​ children to Jesus. We pray for the training of children's teachers, especially those who are interested but need coaching and need to learn the basics about teaching.
Friday
The churches in China need Sunday school curriculum very badly. Some teachers create their own simple lessons, some even have an illustrated booklet or​ teaching props. We pray for the supply of curriculum for Sunday school, teacher's guides, and teaching aids for the churches that need them so their Sunday schools can be more effective.
Saturday
​In China overall, children's Sunday schools in the cities are improving. However, they greatly need​ ​people who can lead games,​ group activities, and retreats. Teachers in children's ministries need to improve their teaching skills as well. We pray especially for churches in smaller cities and towns where ministry to children is minimal that they will get basic training for their teachers.
Sunday
In China, many pastors and seminary students who serve in impoverished villages feel they must farm to support themselves. Although they are very poor, they still serve the Lord faithfully. We pray that many more Christians will support these poor church workers and truly appreciate the role and needs of a country pastor.​
Monday
Since the economic reform in China a lot of money has gone to erect new church buildings but fewer funds have been invested in training pastors. Well-trained pastors and those who are better equipped are far more important than having beautiful buildings. We pray that believers in China will have a transformed mindset and see the great importance of theological education and the equipping of their pastors.


星期二
雖然不少中國教會開始有兒童主日學,但仍有許多教會欠缺重視,認為那是照顧孩子和說說故事的保姆工作,所以對主日學老師支持不足,甚至沒有提供場地和經費。我們來為中國教會的兒童事工禱告,求主藉著主日學,賜福給孩子們。幫助他們更認識神,打下基督信仰的根基,未來願意委身於神,一生事奉主。
星期三
一些中國牧者仍是有長遠目光的,他們極重視兒童主日學,建立了主日學大樓,容納更多不同年齡層的孩子分班上主日學;也舉辦各種主日學營會。我們為教會能支持兒童主日學事工的發展感恩,更是求主提醒信徒家長,關心孩子的靈命成長,如子女一般的學科教育一樣。
星期四
中國教會有不少年輕的兒童主日學老師,絕大多數是姐妹。她們雖然資歷淺,但對主日學事工極有負擔,熱心引導兒童到主面前。我們為主日學老師的培訓禱告,求主為渴望服侍的主日學事工的信徒開路,差遣有關的導師來有效訓練他們。
星期五
中國教會缺乏主日學教材,有些主日學老師自行設計簡單的課程,也會自己動手繪圖作為教材,或者用簡陋的物料自制教具。我們為主日學事工的資源供應禱告,求主賜下合適的主日學課本、老師課程及教具等,使孩童能透過這些輔助工具,對神的話有更深的認識,靈命根基成長穩固。
星期六
城市教會主日學的水平正不斷提高,急需的是更多會帶領遊戲、集體活動及各類營會的人力資源,來配搭主日學事工的發展;另一方面老師的教學技巧亦需要提昇。我們為主日學老師禱告,尤其在二、三線城鎮地區的教會,願主使用他們成為神教導孩童合用的器皿。也賜下智慧和愛心帶領繁重的教導工作,幫助他們將主日學的事工做得更完善。
星期日
中國不少偏遠地區農村的傳道人和神學生,除了農村種地的收入外,再沒有其他經濟來源。但他們在生活窘迫的壓力下,仍不改變服侍主的心,以堅定的信心全然忠心擺上。求主提醒神的兒女,要按著聖經的教導,在禱告和經濟上支持全職傳道人,讓牧者能專心為主作工。
星期一
中國改革開放以來,教會不少資源都投到建堂上,至於人材培育則相對較少。有些人認為教堂建築的效果是立竿見影,但人材培育是「百年樹人」的功夫,而且不一定培訓出精英。求主改變信徒這種俗世投資心態,能把焦點轉向永恒的事,多關心信仰的傳承,學習更多禱告,願意神的旨行能自由運作在地上,催促神的國早日降臨。