Hangzhou revives the century-old tradition of street tea party and promotes “Big cup of Tea” temple festivals to attract more tourists. The city is known for the beautiful West Lake and numerous of classy tea houses. “Bible study” and “tea party” share the same pronunciation in Mandarin. Public Bible studies are not accepted yet, but, let us pray for all who attends the groups gathered around college campus and near office complexes to study the Word of God .
Why do Chinese love to gamble so much? News of corrupt officials losing millions in one setting is on the news all the time. Macao, the biggest casino of Asia is no longer deemed a safe place for Chinese gamblers, who fear polices’ watchful eyes. Let us pray for believers who have family members who have destroyed the lives of the entire family, for the divine healing of this addiction and root of evil .
Many well-publicized cases of beating, kidnapping or threatening with physical harms by gangsters are reported recently. Even nuns and pastors who were entangled in church building projects have been severely beaten. Gangsters, scoundrel of all kinds have thrived and posing dangers for many believers who worship in house churches. Let us pray for the safety, protection and peace from above for many who must stand for their faith .
Most men in cities are reluctant to marry countryside girl. 115,000 Shanghai men who did, are men with low income, are elderly or come from poor family. The Municipal government is trying to provide job skills for these women.Countryside women carry the social stigma nearing the bottom of “caste-free” society.Let us pray for vision the local churches and opportunity to share the Gospel, believers who will show compassion to them .
2005 was a terrible year for Shanghai stock market, marked by high volatility and negative returns (44% drop from its June 2001 peak). “Playing the stocks” appeals especially to the 50-65 year-old retirees, who yarn for better return than the meager bank saving accounts. Many Christians are also “hooked” by stocks and have lost sizable amount of savings. Let us pray for the faithful stewardship and above all, godliness plus contentment is great profit for all believers.
China banned “Memoir of Geisha”, claiming it is too" complicated and sensitive" for the Chinese public. If it opened in cinemas, they warned, it could spark anti-Japanese tensions. Chinese most famous actresses appearing in the movie as Japanese prostitutes is deemed a total “lost of face”. National pride is very much of China church movement. Let us pray for the sincere cooperative spirit between the nationals and foreign workers .
Traveling by train in open sleeping compartment is often the best and preferred way of traveling in China. Shanghai Railway begin offer women-only train compartment, with no additional cost. Women church workers must travel alone, often risk personal safety. We uplift all the sisters who labor for His Name, for the refreshing of their spirit and traveling mercy .