Wu yi, the vice premier of China, was voted by Forbes as the 3rd most powerful woman in the world. Known as the "iron lady of China," Wu Yi is a firm and direct negotiator, who unlike her colleagues refuses to dye her graying hair black. Miss Wu is single and devotes her whole day to work. Let us pray for wisdom for her as the leader of the nation. We too remember all the single church workers who give their best and their lives for the Master .
Jackie Chan is probably the best known Chinese philanthropist who makes the most of his high visibility and fundraising ability. In a recent interview, Chan said he has been cheated by people who took advantage of him many times. Chinese in general hold a cynical view of those who give to charitable causes and are suspicious of those who seek help. Such an attitude is also common among believers. Let us pray for wisdom as believers learn to live out the compassion of Jesus Christ .
Wu yi, the vice premier of China, is 67 years old. The official retirement age in China is “Manager: male, 60, female 55. Worker, male 55, female 50.” Such limits ensure job openings for young people. Many are forced to retire and start a second career. There are many 50 years old and older church members who are retired and able to help out in ministries. Let us pray for this huge group who with trainings and Biblical equipping can be a great work force for God .
Mao and the President are not the “the most familiar faces in China.” Surprisingly, they are the faces of the hosts and hostesses of China Central TV (CCTV). Several of them host the highly anticipated annual events which command a viewing rate of 80-90%. Who are the most familiar names associated with China churches? The answer varies depending on who one asks. Let us prayerfully watch God raise a new generation of powerful believers who preach His Words, impacting the intellectuals and bridging closure to the past hurts .
Why is TV programming produced by Hunan TV so popular? Each province in China has its own TV network. Hunan TV owes its success to being innovative and appealing to young people with such hits like the “Super Female Voice” talent contest. Christianity in China needs badly to reach the younger generation. The impression of churches is still of the peasants and uneducated. Let us pray for all the churches and house groups who outreach specifically to the students and young professionals .
A private school operated by parents in Shanghai was shut down for unapproved curriculum. It teaches some well-known Chinese classics, Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” for English, and yoga and tai chi for physical education. Christian parents in China have very little resources to teach their children. Finding a copy of Bible stories with pictures is priceless and a dream for many parents. Let us pray for people with vision to provide this need with translation and copyrights .
Japanese are crazy about Chinese movies. In fact, Japan has become the most important foreign market. Big hits like “Hero” and “The House of Flying Daggers” brought in revenues 5 times more in Japan than the rest of Asia. Japanese appreciation of Chinese culture and media is not reciprocated in China because of the memory of war atrocities. But, with so many Chinese working and study in Japan, let us pray for the raising up of Chinese to share the Gospel in Japan .