The diary (1918-1931) of Chang Kai-Sheik was published formally. It is deeply personal, in which he repents daily for his own personality flaws, sexual temptations, and sins. When he was younger, Chang was a womanizer and later converted to Christianity. Such a document has tremendous historical impact. We pray that it would also be a rare opportunity for many to see the life of a struggling Christian with his flaws and shortcomings.
It is an open secret that Christian fellowships - a new kind of "house church" run by Chinese professionals and students - are active in most Chinese universities. Many are hosted and led by teachers themselves. We praise the Lord for this new revival. However, many have noted that many believers are "cultural Christians," interested in Christianity as a solution to China's social woes, rather than in a personal relationship with Christ. Let us pray for the true commitment of these "Cultural Christians”.
There are so many private colleges in China with varying degrees in terms of quality and facilities. Many unsuspecting students pay handsomely for the so-called "education", only to find out that the diplomas they received are not accepted and worthless. Rural churches in China come in all different spiritual shapes, too. Many are weakened by the exodus of young people and, worse, many have fallen to become extreme or cultish. Let us pray for divine protection and intervention in this heartbreaking trend.
The average Chinese watches 3 hours of television a day. TV programming must cater to the education of the audience because 60% of the audience has only the education level of junior high and below. Only 12% of the audience has a college degree. China's churches desperate lack ready-made teaching materials. What is adequate for urban churches would be almost incomprehensible for rural believers. Let us pray for those involved in writing such materials and the distribution of all teaching materials.
By 2015, China will be the world's 2nd largest market. At present, China consumes 32% of rice, 1/2 of cement, and 1/3 of the cigarettes produced in the world. At the same time, low-cost Chinese products and machineries are flooding the world. Bible and Christian books in Simplified and Traditional fonts are now exported from China because they are low-cost. We pray for the early arrival of the day when the Mainland will produce not only the Christian books she needs but also the supply for many other countries.
Among the 114,000 Chinese lawyers, there are a handful of "human rights" lawyers. They are greatly respected for their daring effort to defend the Constitutional right of those who suffered persecution, politically or religiously, and forced abortion. Chinese parents want their children to be lawyers and doctors, to make a lot of money. We pray that many young believers will be inspired to be become an advocate for the poor, sick, and oppressed.
For the 37,600 Chinese in Brunei, they must live under a combination of a Malay, Islamic, and monarchic system. Chinese are the most educated there and enjoy a good deal of freedom in religious practice and social respect. Let us pray for the Chinese churches there. Churches play an important role in teaching Chinese language, culture and care for the poor and elderly. Again, we remember all the believers in Islamic countries, uplifting every one of them.