According to a government expert, China has 20 million homosexuals, Beijing has 300,000 gays and three percent of them are HIV-positive. Such a revelation is shocking in a society that does not speak openly about sexual preference. Officially the number of Christians in China is 16 million. Traditionally and historically Chinese churches say little about social issues. We cannot ignore the fact that we need to pray for what the churches in China should and could do about the issue of homosexuality .
In an effort to improve rural education, the Chinese government plans to stop charging tuition and fees for elementary and junior high students. All kinds of illegal fees have plagued China's educational system and prevented many from attending. Although the rate of illiteracy is only 1% now compared to 80% fifty years ago, rural churches still have a difficult time retaining children. They lack resources and even worse, they do not have a passion for reaching children for God. Let us pray for this great need for a children's ministry in rural churches .
180 couples wearing wedding gowns attended a special ceremony to pledge “never divorce” in front of the picture of Confucius in Beijing. This is part of a movement to promote “family ethic and character”. Even though some complained that Confucius discriminate against women, but Chinese have no one to pledge to keep their marital vows. We pray for all believers who are tempted to give up, especially those marriages are rocky and contentious .
When one attends a Chinese wedding banquet, it is customary to give a "red envelope". Although one is invited to a nice banquet, one is expected to give a minimum of 1000 Yuan ($125. US) to a close friend or relative and 200 Yuan ($45. US) to a common friend. As part of their social etiquette Chinese give money as a gift. However, we note that there is a large percentage of believers in the churches whose giving tends to be low. We pray that more believers will practice generous giving to God and understand that God does reward those who give cheerfully .
How do Chinese people express their "never failing" love? These are common expressions they use: "I will love you ten thousand years!" or "My heart will not change even when the sea dries up and boulders rot." When people's marriage is failing, the advice they often get is "Get divorced!" Believers often receive the same advice from other church members. Let us pray for all those who strive to use the Word of God and pray with those sisters who are contemplating divorces .
Many in China are disgusted by the rise of thefts and believe the law is too easy on the criminals so they will take the law into their own hands. Thus, if a petty thief is caught red-handed in China, he should be prepared to be beaten up by a mob. We all feel righteous about the wrongs others do to us and demand punishment and reparation. We take this time to pray for all believers who struggle with forgiving other believers who have wronged them, especially if they have borrowed money and not returned it .
Wuhan, Hebei will soon be auctioning off the naming rights for new roads, bridges, squares, and residential complexes recently built within the city. Each name is retained for a period of fifteen to twenty years. Many of the old Chinese churches are still known by their original English names. Each name has its own rich history. Many were named and dedicated for their donors. Many Chinese churches have been built by anonymous donors or churches outside of China. We pray for and give thanks for the nearly one thousand congregations who will be moving into their new church buildings this year .