Korean churches have sent out 100,000 missionaries because their leaders own the vision of working together in missions. However, at the present time it is not evident whether the churches in China can ever become a "missions superpower". We pray that God will burden the leaders of the church in China with a vision of missions, take away their pride and the tendency to "do it alone". We pray for qualified and trained candidates who are ready to go to the ends of the earth to come forth from the church in China.
In order for the churches in China to meet the challenge of cross-cultural missions, they must shed the Sino-centric attitude that now consumes them. Many falsely believe that the rise of China certainly means that Chinese will have and deserve to lead a prominent and superior role in global missions. Pray that God would raise up pastors in the Chinese church--both inside and outside of China--who have a strong vision for reaching the ends of the earth with the gospel and will humbly communicate it to their congregations.
The Back to Jerusalem Movement (BTJM) created the hope that China could be a significant missionary-sending country. With an exciting slogan, a clear target, and a specific number of missionaries, it claims China is to take up the last baton of the Great Commission and bless the nations. However, after many years and much publicity, these words have been like “thunder without rain”. We pray that Chinese believers will not be caught up in exaggeration and unrealistic goals but will be humble and willing to learn and partner with missionary-sending countries.
The optimistic projection of the Back to Jerusalem Movement based on the assumption of the growth of the Chinese church will be a new driving force for missions. They thought that the house church model works well under restrictive government and a big church membership base will provide the large number of workers needed. There are 29,000 missionaries from America, 20,000 from Korea, and 300 from Mongolia but only a handful from China. Let us pray for all of those who serve the Lord especially those in China and the Muslim world. May the Lord raise up Chinese who are truly equipped and willing to serve Him in the Islamic world.
The high profile of the Back to Jerusalem Movement has already caused backlashes from Islamic states in the Middle East even through diplomatic channels. Such an approach is contrary to the low-profile, non-confrontational Christian witness practiced in most Creative Access Nations (CAN) ministries today. The churches in China still receive a lot of foreign financial support so we pray they will learn to be self-sufficient and also able to give toward mission work. May the Lord raise up not only workers from China to serve Him but also the finance to back them up.
Up until now the few churches in China involved in cross-cultural missions have been working independently. Most of the projects were co-ordinated and funded by overseas organizations with China providing the labor for them. This is similar to the way China has become the world’s factory. We pray for the day that churches in China will have enough workers and young believers that will be willing to serve the Lord and the churches will treat them as a valuable and precious resource rather than cheap labor.
教會中常喊著的口號「21世紀是中國教會的世紀」，「回歸耶路撒冷」，「中國的信徒最適合穆斯林宣教」 ，其實都難脫除以中國為中心的屬靈驕傲， 有藐視其他被神重用的宣教國家之嫌。求主除去我們以自我為中心的心態，添加更多單單為主尋回為靈魂失喪者的心。不是只是說說到遠方回教國家宣教，卻以漢人的自傲，輕看回民。
並不難理解韓國教會能夠達成差派出100,000名宣教士的目標 ──因為韓國教會的領袖擁有這個異象。但是中國的教會是否能成為「宣教的超級勢力」，目前為止則尚不明顯。 我們為中國教會的領袖們也能有共同的宣教異象禱告。求神在教會中興起更多受過完備訓練的優質人選，整裝待發朝著包括中國和境外的「地極」前進。