Liang Fa (1789-1855) was the second Chinese Protestant believer and was ordained by Robert Morrison as the first Chinese pastor. In 1820, knowing his wife was about to give birth, he went home to lead her to Christ and baptized her. Ten days later, he also baptized his son. We give praise for the 200th anniversary of Robert Morrison’s arrival in China. We too thank Him for all the babies born into believers’ families. May the Lord give these parents wisdom in raising up a godly second generation for Him.
Robert Morrison arrived in the Pearl River Delta 200 years ago. Today, although this region is truly the richest and most developed in all of China, many would agree that churches in Guangzhou and Macau are relatively weak and that most of the Christians there are factory workers from other provinces. We take this time to pray for all of the churches in Guangzhou. Most of the eight open churches there are relatively empty. We pray for the softening of the hard soil and for a revival among believers.
In China, it is not only the Christians are doing the proselytizing. Mormons, Bahai, the Unification Church, and even Islam are actively gaining many converts among the Han Chinese. Many unsuspecting believers are lured into other religion and cults. We pray for these lost sheep and pray even more diligently for the great need of follow up and apologetic ministry, because so many believers do not even read the Bible and know little about doctrines.
The best word to describe the mentality of China today is "speculative." Everyone, whether young or old, wants to strike it rich with little regard for the cost or consequence. It seems that the whole nation has gone mad about making big money. Most believers still demand that their pastor live by faith and are not willing to give to the church. Such an attitude has contributed to a great loss of workers. Let us pray for both the awakening of believers to be faithful stewards and for the workers to be devoted in serving.
The official policy of the new leaders in the government is to rebuild public trust in the government and the Communist Party. It is a pity that many believers in the house churches have lost faith in their leaders and even toward God after hearing about the scandals involving their leaders. Churches in China are still very much wrapped around personalities. We pray for these lost sheep that the Lord will bring them back and restore their faith in Him and in the church.
Many influential people are promoting a "New Confucianism" (a blend of the teachings of the West and those of Confucius) to replace the void Communism left behind in Chinese society. Some non-Christians are even clamoring that they should apply Christian values in spite of their not even having a faith in Jesus.A number of intellectuals are interested in Christianity only for what it can do for China. Let us pray for a genuine conversion of these well-meaning individuals. May all who come to Jesus know that Christ demands our faith in Him and a personal relationship with Him.
Many children of Chinese immigrants are not able to carry on a simple conversation in Chinese. Despite the complaints and insistence of their parents, few find motivation to study deeply about Chinese culture. Still, every summer overseas Chinese youth, particularly those from North America, go on short-term mission trips to China and perform community service or teach English. We pray that God will call some of them for missionary work in China.
200年前馬禮遜最先抵達的是珠江三角洲。雖然今天這裡是中國最富庶和發達的區域，然而廣州和澳門的教會卻普遍微弱，多數的基督徒也是從其他省份來的工廠勞工。讓我們為廣州市所有教會祈禱。 那裡雖有八間公開的教會, 但聚會時會堂卻不能坐滿。求神軟化福音的硬土, 使教會和信徒的靈命能再度復興來禱告.