Nearly 80% of the one million cases of AIDS in China are in rural areas. In the late 1990's the selling of contaminated blood led to the first outbreak of the disease. In some villages in Henan and Anhui the infection rate reaches up to 20% of the population. Unfortunately, churches in those villages (due to fear of the disease and discrimination) have generally discouraged people with AIDS from being part of their fellowship. Let us pray for the thousands of believers who have contracted AIDS and their relationship with their shepherds and other members of their churches .
More than 200,000 professionals involved in China's marriage broking business will soon be required to take training and pass exams to continue. All newly-opened marriage broking companies must have at least four qualified marriage professionals. In China it is hard for women to find a mate who is a believer since there are few Christian men. We remember all the older and godly women who have a burden to match young believers who are dating with other who are seeking God's will in their lives .
In China it is not unusual to see someone outdoors in pajamas in the daytime. Likewise it is interesting to see laborers clad in formal suits with sneakers with labels on the clothing. A new crop of image consultants are trying to improve the image and change the inappropriate dress code in China. Worship in China's house churches varies greatly from that in Western churches. Many insist that only their style of worship is Biblical and attack others who worship in a different way. Let us pray for unity, humility, and Kingdom-mindedness especially among the house churches.
It is predicted that in twenty years China's population will peak at 1.5 billion and then begin to decline. Already the world's largest country, China grew last year by 7.68 million to a population of 1.307 billion. The need for the gospel in China is greater than ever before. The responsibility of Chinese churches is also greater both in evangelism and the training of badly needed church workers. Again we pray for the mighty working of the Holy Spirit among Chinese believers and the soon arrival of the day that China itself becomes a great missionary-sending country .
A survey in Asia asked “Where would you like to be born, if you have a choice?” Chinese chose Singapore (1st), Hong Kong (2nd) and Korea (3rd). Singapore was the top choice for Japanese and Koreans as well. Singapore was preferred because of her beauty, stability and peacefulness. We take this time to give thanks for the Singaporean churches, for her strong emphasis on mission, support for churches in China and training of young Chinese pastors, both Three-self and house churches .
The view and status of women among China’s many ethnic minority groups are generally low. Women in general are considered to be of a lower social strata which includes no education for girls and early marriages to lessen the financial burdens for the family. hanging the view of men toward women is very difficult. Let us pray for the work of the church in these regions, that they will teach Biblically, for education for young girls, and for spiritual growth among all women believers .
Until the early 1980's a Mao suit consisting of a simple buttoned-down jacket usually in a dark color and a pair of shapeless cotton trousers was the standard attire for most Chinese. Now only older people and peasants wear such outfits which are hard to find. Modern China is fashion-conscious and unfortunately churches tend to judge what one wears also. Let us pray against the danger of favoritism in all believers, especially those in the city churches that they won't look down on those who are not so well-dressed.