Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Prayer Request 5/22 - 5/28

Tuesday
Churches in China have experienced tremendous growth in past decades. This has led to people optimistically predicting that China will one day have more Christians than any other nation on earth.​ We praise the Lord for this miraculous growth. We pray for faith in God alone as churches face the implementation of the new religious policy which has made many believers very concerned and anxious.
Wednesday
There has been a massive migration of rural residents to cities in China. Urban churches have grown in size and new churches planted. This is evident both in the registered and house churches. We pray that churches in the cities will intentionally minister and equip new members from the villages, rather than just providing a place of worship.
Thursday
Many observe ​that ​the growth of urban churches in China is partly due to rural Christians migrating to churches in cities. The decline of rural churches in China is truly heartbreaking. We pray for churches without a shepherd or that are​ merely kept alive by lay people. May the​ Lord sustain them and protect them from ​the ​ attacks and ​ravages of cults.
Friday
Churches in China have experienced two pronounced growth spurts in recent history. The first occurred in the 1970​'​s and 80​'s in the countryside; the second, in the 1990's and early 2000​'​s in the cities. We praise the Lord for the great church growth during the days of persecution. We pray that the love and the zeal for Jesus would not be diminished in the time of great economic prosperity and personal wealth.
Saturday
The revival of rural churches in China was marked by signs and wonders. Rapid evangelism took place largely along kinship lines. Henan and Anhui were the epicenters of this revival. Let us pray for churches in these two provinces because they have suffered many setbacks as young people left villages to work in cities and many churches are without shepherds.
Sunday
After 1989, urban churches in China experienced great growth as many young intellectuals turned​ to Christianity. There was also the proliferation of campus fellowships that would later form standalone unregistered churches. We praise God for the young and educated believers who have made city churches vibrant and full of energy. And, amazingly, some of them have become pastors too. We pray for good strategies and serious discipleship to equip all the young converts to serve.
Monday
factors contributing to the growth. However, it is equally beneficial to note what brought about the declines. As the urban migration continues in China, we pray for the revival of churches and colleges campuses in the second and third-tier cities. We also pray that college student ministries will continue to bear good fruits.


星期二
數十年來中國教會大有增長,有人甚至樂觀地預測中國將會成為世界最多基督徒的國家。我們為神一直在中國的工作感恩!2018 年二月新宗教政法實施,令許多信徒憂心前面的服事,我們求主加添眾人信心,仰望恩主永遠的膀臂,在祂扶持下繼續聖工。
星期三
隨著大批中國農民遷到城市工作,不論是登記教會或家庭教會都經歷增長,且建立了許多新聚會點。我們為中國城市能刻意關懷與裝備來自農村的信徒禱告,不僅提供一個聚集敬拜主的地方,更讓他們能在其中成長和服事。
星期四
近年中國城市教會的增長,部分是來自遷到城市的農村基督徒。因為人口的轉移,農村教會迅速萎縮,造成農村教會人口大量縮減。我們為沒有牧者的教會和只有信徒帶領教導的小教會禱告。求主憐憫保守他們,不受異端邪教的擾動。
星期五
近代中國教會有兩次明顯的增長,第一次是七十年代和八十年代的農村, 第二次於九十年代至二千年年代在各大城市裡發生。 我們為中國教會在逼迫中經歷復興和成長感謝神。我們特別為信徒在經濟繁榮和富裕舒適的日子裡,對主的愛和熱心不會因為外在環境的溫飽而冷淡。
星期六
在上世紀九十年代和二十一世紀初,好些農村教會因許多神積奇事而復興。快速傳福音主要發生在親屬關係上。河南和安徽的教會經歷了大復興。我們特別為這兩省的教會禱告,因為年輕人到大城市打工,許多教會沒有牧者,事工多有挫折又無法推動,求主來眷顧祂自己的教會。
星期日
一九八九年後,許多年輕知識分子信主,中國城市教會迅速發展。大學校園多有團契和查經,後來隨之形成獨立的家庭教會。年輕和受過高等教育的信徒,使中國城市教會大有生氣,不少人也成為傳道人。求主幫助教會有好策略,訓練年輕弟兄姊妹成為主的門徒,樂意參與國度的服事。
星期一
中國教會近代的兩次增長,都有其特殊的社會政治背景。政治因素也同樣會導致教會衰頹。中國農民遷移城市的趨勢隨著社會變化會一直持續,我們要為在二、三線城市的教會禱告,也記念他們的大學生事工繼續有美好收成。