"Chuppies" (Chinese yuppies) are China's young well-off generation, with money to spend. They are China's new "Supershoppers" who describe themselves as "being open-minded, being ready to learn, and loving new things." There are already 100 million middle-class Chinese, and by 2010, that number will double. Churches are slow or uncomfortable in reaching the affluent young generation. We pray for those churches changing their worship styles to attract this age group .
There are 400 million cell phone users in China and on an average they get new phones every three to six months. Chinese consumers have 900 choices of cell phone types while in the United States there are only eighty. In churches in China, worship and preaching styles have been largely unchanged for many years and outreach is restricted. So what do these churches have to offer a generation that changes phones so frequently? We remember churches courageous enough to take the gospel to the streets by handing out tracts.
The Chinese, especially those in Hong Kong and Guangdong, crave lucky numbers. License plates or phone numbers having numbers 6 or 8 command high prices. Someone paid 272,000 yuan(US$34,000) for a plate number AW6666. In a world bent on anything that will bring in good fortune, many churches have begun preaching that believing in God brings prosperity and success and have enjoyed great increases in attendance. Let us about this alarming trend and widespread false teaching .
From gift money (which should be an even number) to avoiding four (which is similar in sound to the word for death) unflinching faith in "lucky" numbers can be found everywhere in China. Every year Hong Kong and Guangdong get millions of dollars from auctioning license plate with lucky numbers. Ten years of the Cultural Revolution once denounced, condemned, and banned such practices but they have come back. May the Lord grant all believers liberty from the bondage of such deeply ingrained practices .
Jackie Chan was listed in the top ten of Hollywood philanthropic celebrities. He is credited with providing scholarships for youth in Hong Kong and China. He also helped in tsunami relief and has frequently encouraged others to give to social work. Christ taught that our good deeds will be rewarded by God. We pray for blessing for many believers who have given generously to support mission work and families of church workers .
The topics for the essay portion of college examinations for Beijing and Shangai respectively this year are "The Distinction of Beijing" and "Holding Your Hand". Unusual topics like these represent a huge shift in the Chinese educational mindset. What are the distinctions found in churches in China today? No denominations but still unconnected with the community? Let us not stop praying for both the registered and unregistered churches .
Many young people flock to cities to work because there is not enough arable land to make a good living. Villages are becoming a "386199 army" using numbers for the month and day (women--March 8 is Women's Day, children--June 1 is Children's Day, and seniors--September 9th is the day honoring them). While the future of China's rural churches seems bleak, let us pray for God's mighty work in showing His wonderful will there and that those who work there will not to be discouraged .