Tuesday In the recently held Hong Kong Book Fair 2010, fictions are still the most popular books, followed by literary genre. The once hot investment how-to books lagged behind because of the sagging financial climate. China churches, especially the rural, laborer churches, and also churches in the disaster-afflicted areas, receive a lot of donated books. Yet, the majority of these books stay boxed up and never reached the intended believers. Generally, the appetite for spiritual readings among Chinese believers is not good. We pray the Lord to give us hunger for spiritual readings, that our lives will be renewed and our love stirred because of the fervent reading. Wednesday Shanghai people are very practical, which is in their very nature. Shanghai men work outside and come home to do housework, too. They are humble, not demanding. Women from northern China consider Shanghai men not macho at all. But, to Shanghai men, they would not have it any other way. It is very difficult to teach the Biblical command of "wives submit to your husbands" in China, when the prevailing culture is "women hold up half of the sky." Let us pray for all the marital relationships of all the believers, for husbands to honor their wives and be considerate. We pray for many couples who can serve as good role models in their church as well. Thursday The divorce rate has risen considerably in China and 56% of while-collared workers consider their marriage "psuedo-happy." Two reasons that couples cite for divorce are stress from work and extramarital affairs. It is also said that Chinese married women often neglect to keep themselves "pretty and presentable," which contributes to marital discord. We believe God can "fix" all bad marriages and that marriages are for life. We pray that Christian couples would not give up and lay blame on their spouses, but ask the Holy Spirit to change themselves first, learning to accept and love, as Jesus loves us. Friday Recently police in Guangdong publicly paraded prostitutes in handcuffs and neck chains in an attempt to humiliate them and cut down the sex trade. Public Security at the highest level has ordered that police cannot do this but must respect the basic human dignity of all offenders. Christians often condemn prostitution in their cities but then they cannot really offer any positive or moral influence to help in a concrete way. We pray that believers will "hate the sin but love the sinner" as Jesus Christ did. We remember the few believers who purposefully reach out to those women trapped in prostitution. Saturday Mr. Yamasaki was a physician with the invading Japanese troops in the opening of the Sino-Japanese war. Now, he is 102 years old and still offers free medical care to local residents every Saturday as his personal "redemption." He deserted his troop and even stayed in Jinan, Shandong, and lives there still today. The Shandong province was once an important place in the history of the Chinese church revival in the 20th century. We remember the believers there, many of them are old but witnessed those glorious days of revival and the sending of the gospel band. May the Spirit of God come again to churches there. Sunday Since 1997, after Hong Kong's return to China from the British rule, Hong Kong's educational goal is "Two languages and three tongues." Schools aim to equip their students to be proficient in Chinese and English and to be able to converse fluently in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. To minister to Chinese churches overseas, those who are "two languages and three tongues" enjoy a great advantage. Let us pray especially for the growth and spiritual vitality of churches who are non-Mandarin speaking, for those who speak only Cantonese, Fujianese, Wenzhounese, or English. Monday China is now the world's second-largest economy, having overtaken Japan. China could even overtake the United States as the world's biggest economy in the next 20 years. Still, China's annual per-capita income is a mere $3,800. We thank the Lord for the great stride China has made in her economic development in the last 30 years. We pray China churches will also grow both in numbers and strength, spiritually and in her ability to minister to churches in China and in other countries.