Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Prayer Request 8/17 - 8/23

A gigantic mudslide following torrential rains killed more than a thousand people in Zhouqu, Gansu in China. A five-mile long river of mud with an average width of three hundred meters and five meters thick flattened everything in its wake beyond recognition. This is yet another disaster that has hit the area that is inhabited mostly by Tibetans who also live in Tibet as well as Sichuan, Gansu, and Qinghai provinces in China. We pray that the grace of our Lord would be on all Tibetans. We remember, too, Christians who are involved in disaster relief. May the Lord give them opportunity to share God's love. May there be more believers who will care about the work of the gospel among Tibetans.
A survey of Chinese youth between twelve and seventeen revealed that 96% of them say they will care for their parents when they get old but only 79% of the parents felt their children would be there to care for them when they were old. In 1 Timothy 5:8, we read, "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel." Let us pray for those elderly believers who do not have children to provide for them and take care of them. May the Spirit of God remind us all to honor our parents and take care of them financially.
In China most college students want to work in state-owned enterprises. Their reasons are that there they get good salaries and benefits plus good working hours with a two-hour lunch break. However, they say that these positions are difficult to find because they have already been taken by people who have "guangxi" (connections).Our dream jobs and reality may be two entirely different things. Let us remember all the believers who feel that they do not have a job they like. May the Lord help us to realize that we should have a thankful heart knowing that we have work and the greater purpose for our lives is to glorify God and serve Him and His people.
In the past, those Chinese students who studied abroad were the "cream of the crop" but now anyone who has money can go abroad and the quality of those who return is mixed at best. Many more have returned than formerly and they have the advantage of having better English skills. However Chinese graduates also speak good English now. We pray for those who are studying English and preparing to go abroad. They will have more opportunities to encounter Christians and churches there. May the Lord help believers to show kindness to them, to share His love and the gospel of Jesus Christ with them, and to lead some of them to Jesus.
The Education Ministry in China reports that 229,000 Chinese went abroad to study in 2009 which is an increase of 27.5% over 2008. In the same year 108,000 students returned (56.2% of those who went). In the past the number of Chinese students who returned has doubled every three years.Many Chinese students are exposed to Christianity for the first time while they are studying abroad. We pray for those who returned to China after their baptism. It is not easy to connect with churches once they go back to China. May the Lord continue to strengthen their walk with Him and enable them to find a spiritual home quickly where they can grow and serve Him.
Youth in China today undoubtedly represent the most privileged generation of any in China's history. Globalization has brought iPods and McDonald's, and China's one-child policy means that these "one and only" children are the sole recipient of the affection of multiple sets of grandparents, aunts and uncles.Who will minister to this new generation? Let us pray for mature Christian role models who can relate to youth and give them worthwhile goals to strive for. We also pray for church leaders who realize they need to do more to make a place for youth even though at the present they do not know how to do this.
The divorce rate has shot up 20 times in the past 20 years, the most common problem is extra-marital affairs, which account for nearly 80% of the cases. When public officials involved in affairs, corruption, briberies and illegal deals are universally involved as well."He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. " (Pro 6:32) We remember believer families wrecked by affairs. May the Spirit bring repentance in the corrupted hearts, His mercy come and heal the broken hearts. We pray too for forgiveness out of the great love of God which brings about healing.


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