An average of 8 million Chinese viewers watch the NBA games and the number doubles when Yao Ming plays. Many of the American star players are known by Chinese nicknames like French Magician, Stone Buddha, or Africa's Big Mountain.Several Western, Korean, and Singaporean preachers also have large followings among churches in China. While not all methods and techniques for church growth can be adapted for China, let us pray for the positive impact of these ministries and their teaching.
There is an estimated hearing-impaired population in China of 20 million. Stiff commercial competitions have caused many factories for the handicapped to close and have thus eliminated opportunities for the hearing-impaired to work. A handful of churches have services for deaf people but there are fewer than a hundred church workers who can use sign language. Let us pray for the missionaries Korean churches are sending who able to communicate in sign language and train people to reach out to deaf people.
In the next two years Beijing will recruit 8000 college graduates to work as "village officials" in an attempt to elevate the quality of Party membership in rural regions. College graduates are expected to be able to read and converse in basic English. There are few church workers who are college graduates, so few are able to communicate with intellectuals. Although this cannot be changed overnight, let us pray for the few training programs and official seminaries that provide specific training for college graduates.
The “post-1980 generation” college students are very different than their predecessors. They are more emotionally labile, anxious, less patience, more inferior complex and less able to deal with set-back, according to university psychologists. Student ministry is booming as Bible study groups flourish on or near college campuses. But making a life-time commitment to walk with God requires dedication and discipline. Let us remember the fruitful but time-consuming ministries among college students.
Much of the economic boom of the past decades took place in the eastern half of China. The western half lags behind in terms of development and capital investment as the government pushes the grand "West China Development" plan.Eighty percent of China's minority population is in the West. The government strongly discourages church work among Muslims. Let us pray especially for Muslim converts and the very difficult work of evangelism and church work among them.
The newest trend among office workers is trading on the stock market and it is not unusual to delay office appointments until after the stock market closes at 3p.m. Even college students are attracted to the stock market and want to make a "quick kill". It is difficult not to pay attention to how much money people make as even church workers get into various schemes or businesses. Prosperity is harming China's churches far more than persecution ever did. Let us pray for this alarming change .
Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia, with one million people, 170 parks, and year-round beautiful weather. There are 50,000 Chinese and almost 50, mostly smaller Chinese churches. Many of the churches there have no pastors. Let us take this time to pray for all of the Chinese churches in Australia. Pray for unity and a vision that all are serving the same God. Pray for a true willingness to share the gospel by whatever means is available.