College students are worshipping at Beijing’s “Sleeping Buddha Temple” (“wo fu shi” which in Mandarin sounds similar to “office”) to seek divine blessing for employment after universities. Nearly 50 % of college grads (estimated 1 million) will not find jobs immediately and join the mass of unemployed millions. The first week of May is the national long holiday, nearly all the universities will have student retreats. Let us pray for their safety and preparing young believers whose devotion for the Lord will not wane after graduation .
China refuses to apologize for weeks long of anti-Japan riots. Tens of thousands demanded boycott of Japanese products in many cities. Prime ministers from Japan and China will meet in Indonesia to discuss the recent deterioration of relationship. We take this time to pray for all the churches and believers in Japan. Japan ranks as one of the least evangelized nation in the world. Let us pray for raising up of Chinese nationals willing to go to Japan as missionaries .
Marriage introduction service is a huge business. In Nanjing, there are thousands of such businesses fighting to tap the city’s 400,000 divorcees and nearly 1 million marriageable young people. But, only 170 are legally registered. Young people now look for mates in bars, coffee houses, Internet café and clubs. For Christians, finding a believing mate is often difficult, because female out numbers males.
Let us remember all those who seek to God’s will in selecting their future mate and especially those who remain single to serve the Lord .
Government used 30 million Yuan (3.6 million USD) from the lottery proceeds to fund 84 homes for homeless children in 2004. These homes provide temporary shelter. There is an estimated 150,000 such children, ranging from 10-15 years old, coming from impoverished villages and are universally illiterate. Let us pray for some believers who will be moved to reach out to this forgotten population with the love of God.
A survey of those who were born in the “1980’s” revealed that 97.2 % “plan to marry” and the average age of “planning to have a child” is 29.7 years old. About half said, that having a child adds “enjoyment to family life”. Believers with small children, often find no accommodation or program for the children in church. One hardly sees small children in church meeting. Let us pray for this usual phenomenon and the lack of children care.
Young people with drug addiction have suddenly become a major social problem. Five ways youth are tempted to start drug use, “one try will not cause addiction”, “free sample”, “improve health”, “status symbol” and even “weight loss”. Police recorded 850,000 cases in 2000, 80% was young offender. Let us pray for what churches can do to combat this social ill. We too remember several Christian drug rehabilitation programs in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Nearly 4 of 15 millions Beijing residents are from other places. A survey shows that 2/3 said their “lives improved” and 1/2 consider the capital as “open and tolerant” despite of low wages and less-than-satisfactory housing. Only 26% consider Beijing as “cocky and inhospitable”. Beijing churches have experience growth in recent years. But, churches remain mostly confined to well educated. Let us pray for more churches opening their doors to minggongs and those who immigrated to the cities.