TuesdayThe gospel reached China more than two centuries ago and there have been rumors that China would be a major country to send missionaries to other places. Some even talked of the churches in China sending enough missionaries out to surpass the nations in the West. We pray for humility in everything we do as we imitate those who are imitating Christ before us. May the Lord convict us of our tendency to be arrogant and bragging.
Chinese believers "taking the gospel back to Jerusalem" and "churches in China sending out 100,000 missionaries" still remain as elusive goals and empty slogans. Chinese people tend to make a slogan and paint a grand picture for things without even doing any planning. We pray for repentance for our arrogance and the sin of trying to profit from any movement.
According to a report from a recent missions conference, there are 29,000 missionaries from the United States, 20,000 from South Korea, and 300 from Mongolia in the world. But, China gave the frustrating answer, "We are still waiting to send them out." We pray that the churches in China will not just find a slogan for everything ("Back to Jerusalem" is not exclusively Chinese.) but will be truly obedient and deeply committed to please God rather than merely speaking eloquent words.
Global evangelization is not the exclusive task of the churches in China. The idea of their completing the last leg of the Great Commission and somehow finishing what American and Korean churches began cannot be supported Biblically. There are always many false claims and a lack of accountability when a large donation is involved and money has always been a problem in the churches in China but we pray that the new generation of leaders will be God-fearing and seek to please only the Master.
It is an alarming fact that many Arab countries have taken notice and been troubled by the propaganda of the "Back to Jerusalem" movement. We know that sending missionaries to some countries should be done cautiously and we pray that believers in China will learn to serve quietly and do all things well whether in missions or at home.
The "Back to Jerusalem" movement has exposed the weakness of churches in China as well as their lack of candidates, poor strategies and planning. Much of the organization and fundraising for the movement were done from abroad and China herself merely provided missionaries. It also exposed how power and money caused even leaders to be corrupt. We pray that the churches in China will learn to co-operate with others and not want to just do things their own way.
Currently the churches in China are unable to raise money the way countries in the West do. Without legal status, house churches cannot raise funds for any large mission projects. In the past churches in China have provided their people with money that came from abroad. We pray that these churches will soon be sending both people and money--give to the Lord the best they have rather than being content with second best.
中國弟兄姊妹回應將福音「回歸耶路撒冷」(Back to Jerusalem〔B2J〕)運動，提出差遣十萬宣教士的口號，然而跨文化宣教浪潮至今仍只是「只聞樓梯響、不見人下來」。 中國人熱衷喊口號，往往先講卻不做是我們的弱点。求主光照我們，赦免我們的自傲和總想在各型運動中”占個地”的罪。
中國教會目前所處的環境，很難照搬西方式的資金籌募 。因為教會仍未能取得合法、獨立的身份，更遑論合法籌募資金的資格。中國教會向來是「出人」，而讓海外「出錢」。我們為中國教會早日能「出錢出力」來代禱，願信徒都能將主所賜下最好的奉獻給主 。