There are 1.5 million single professionals in China, mostly between the ages of 25 to 35. They are considered to be the elite with lots of disposable income, but it makes finding a compatible mate much harder. In every church, one can find unmarried believers, especially women. Pressure from their families to marry any eligible man is great, even to marry a non-believer. We pray for them specifically, for their love for the Lord, for comfort from Him and that God would honor their desire .
To get around the “one child policy,” wealthy people in the Guangzhou and Shenzhen areas simply pay the fine of 100,000 yuan (12,500 USD) for each child born. Such a phenomenon is common with business owners and is now the ultimate status symbol. Some believers have more than one child by simply not registering their residency- “hukou.” Let us pray again for the need of Sunday School training and materials, as the number of children in church is often alarmingly and disappointedly few .
To get around the “one child policy,” the poor hide their kids (by not registering their residency) and the rich simply pay the penalty. Many poor people complain that the ability to have more than one child is the ultimate injustice, widening the perception of the wealth gap. For most, struggling to pay for education expenses for one child is already overwhelming. Let us pray that the earnest desire of Christian parents is the salvation of their only child, especially as many find church boring, have no friends there, or think it is out-of-context for their young .
Nearly 1 in 3 Chinese families have problems with domestic violence, according to the Women’s Federation. “All husbands beat their wives” is the common misconception.Very few will reveal their plight at home for fear of shame. We remember all the ladies in church whose husbands oppose their church involvement and even threaten physical harm. May the Lord grant them mercy, comfort and support in the fellowship of other godly women .
In Chinese fortune telling, “Blissful marriage and give birth to a son in three years” is considered one of the best fortunes a person can get. With the “one child policy,” such a fortune is even more “precious.” Many believers are not able to conceive and have chosen to pour their energy into serving in church. May the Lord bless them and reward them with many spiritual children and their marriage, a model of caring and love .
Is this the slippery slope of Chinese morality? Having a concubine is in vogue, especially among the businessmen, officials and celebrities. What was once a stigma is now deemed as a measure of success? We need to pray even more diligently for the believers’ families. More resources and, most importantly, positive role models are needed badly. We lift up all the Christian husbands for being such godly role models and being considerate .
Legally, having a mistress or concubine in China is not prosecuted; although the Party tries to police a few bad apples. The Communist Party has tried hard to reform by cleaning up corruption, moral degeneration and nepotism recently. Let us pray for all the sisters who struggle with the infidelity of their spouses and try to forgive. We sympathize with their pain and pray the Lord will bring healing and blessing to their families .