Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Prayer Request 10/28 - 11/3

TuesdaySome of the urban churches in China are very vibrant with weekly Bible studies and leadership training classes. Some even have regular outreach and​ testimony meetings in public areas. We pray for all of the young leaders of churches in China that the Lord will give them vision, courage, and innovative ideas for ministry so they will not only be able to minister to their flocks but will also know how to lead their churches in this new age.
Wednesday
There are urban churches that have a library with the ability to distribute devotional and Bible readings, and church news through cell phones which promotes better fellowship among the members and also reaches out to seekers. Many churches are taking advantage of technology to connect believers. We pray for the increasing use of these tools to improve follow-up of members and help believers to grow spiritually in their Christian lives.
Thursday
People who work in the churche​s in China today are busy even to the extent that many do not find time for a quiet time or even prayer. Not a few pastors resort to "copy and paste online sermons". May the Lord refresh all the busy people who work in churches so they will have time to meditate and apply God's word, not merely for preaching but also to be personally renewed in spirit so by their close walk with the Lord and their steady sustained faith in Him, they are good examples for all believers.
Friday
Some churches in Eastern China face a bottleneck in ministry. Their young people have left for work in the city and since their pastors have their own businesses to care for, they are serving only part time. To make matters worse, many older leaders are reluctant to loosen control of church affairs. ​We pray for a radical change in the status quo, for revival, for the training of a new generation of leaders.​ It will not be easy but we pray for faith for leaders and believers not to be discouraged in their seeking to know God's and help their church to grow.
Saturday
The middle-aged and older leaders in the church in China need to affirm and support their younger counterparts more. Younger leaders need the support and blessing of their church to reach young people which then shows the church beautiful teamwork. We pray that more churches in China will live out this picture of their leadership team working effectively together, raising up more full-time workers, and allowing young people to reach their potential​ with "the young and the old serving together as a team" in an ever diverse congregation.
Sunday
​"Going Countryside" refers to the custom colleges have of sending students to rural regions to provide assistance in culture, science, technology, and health each summer. It is a way to allow students to apply what they have studied and to expose and familiarize them with the rest of the nation. Churches in remote areas are often very poor and in desperate need for teaching about the Bible and the Christian life. We know the need is great and we pray with great faith that the Lord will move people to support these needy remote churches.
Monday
The original intention of "Going Countryside" was to expose college students to the​ remote rural areas of China but in doing this, through these students the schools are also being evaluated and ranked. If a student does any special thing in the field or a TV interview, that would increase the ranking of their college. Churches in Southwest China are poor but they are persistent in serving the Lord faithfully. We pray the Lord will open the doors of the gospel there and supply the needs of the pastors and cause the churches to thrive in this spiritually desolate region.

星期二
中國有些城市教會非常活潑,每週都有小組查經聚會,周間晚上也有領袖訓練,還有定期的戶外佈道和見證分享。我們來為教會新一代的青年領袖們禱告,求主賜他們服事的創意、眼光和魄力,能為教會的牧養和教導工作帶來適切現今世代發展的模式及方向。
星期三
有些城市教會擁有自己的圖書館,並透過手機網絡向信徒發放靈修、讀經材料和教會事工資訊,這不僅有助肢體間的連結,還方便他們向慕道朋友轉發福音資訊。感謝主讓城市教會能靈巧運用發達的科技聯繫信徒,求主藉這些工具增進弟兄姐妹主內的情誼,相互扶持,也幫助肢體們的靈命成長,活出基督的樣式。
星期四
同工事奉繁忙,有時甚至沒有時間靈修和禱告。不少傳道人講道前沒有足夠的預備,只好就地抄襲網絡上的講章。 求主憐憫牧者能在靈裡得著更新,作神流通的管子,能成為信徒的榜樣;也給他們更多學習和實踐聖經真理的機會,繼續在事奉道路上走得更遠,更有果效。
星期五
目前華東某些地區的教會所面對的服侍『瓶頸』是年輕人離開家鄉去打工,還有教會主要負責人都是帶職事奉,時間不夠用,以及教會老一輩領袖無法走出根深蒂固的服事觀念。我們為這些神的教會能突破固有現狀,興起和培訓新一代接班人來禱告。求主幫助教會除去迎上改變的阻力,領袖和信徒都能憑著信心剛強壯膽,願意彼此順服,同心合一,朝向更合神心意的發展方向努力,勇敢邁步前進。
星期六
教會的長者若能對年輕同工有更多肯定和支援,年輕同工也帶著信心和祝福去服事這世代的年輕人,是何等美好的事!我們禱告有更多教會能注重團隊的互相配搭,培育全職同工,發掘有潛質的年輕人,做到「新老搭配,發揮果效」,使教會能接觸更多不同階層的人。
星期日
大學生「三下鄉」是指各高校在暑期開展的送「文化、科技、衛生」下鄉社會實踐活動。「三下鄉」是大學生社會實踐的一種形式,原意是讓學生長見識、增閱歷、知國情。邊遠地區的教會除了物資短缺外,靈命栽培和聖經教導的事工也非常貧乏。雖然現實的需求極大,我們憑信心相信神必要興起更多主內同行者,以不同形式支援邊遠教會的發展。
星期一
「三下鄉」的本意是給大學生體驗邊遠地區或是農村的生活, 但是學校也要經過考核排名,如果學生有 一些特殊成果可以加分,而新聞報導正是加分的重頭。 中國西南地區的教會經濟條件差,但仍持守使命、堅守崗位、忠心事主,我們為這些教會感恩!求主繼續打開福音的門,供應同工的需要。祝福神的家能在荒涼的地區興旺!