Happy New Year!
Archive for the ‘China’ category
I have recently read an interesting article about the number of internal migrant workers in the People’s Republic of China. In the article, “China’s Migrant Workers at Record High” (July 26, 2010), a Chinese government report estimates that there are 211 million migrant workers in China.
Read here about the millions who have left their homes to wander the nation in order to find gainful employment to better provide for their families.
Ministering to the nation’s migrant worker force could be a tremendous ministry platform for the sharing of Jesus Christ.
Note: I took the above picture in 2008 through a fence surrounding a construction site in the town centre of a major city in Southwest China. The workers live, sleep, and eat on the construction site.
Pray for China – Qinghai Province (“Blue Sea”). Population: 5.1 million (Han, 54.5%; Tibetan, 21.9%; Hui, 15.9%; Tu, 3.9%). Christianity: 2.3% (Protestant – no report available). Other religions: Islam, 16%; Lamaistic Buddhism.
Qinghai’s industries include agriculture, hydropower, salt-chemical, and oil and gas.
Among the province’s natural resources are 30 salt lakes, 125 different minerals, natural gas, oil, and pasture lands.
Three great rivers – the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang (Mekong) Rivers – originate in Qinghai Province.
The level of house church activity in Qinghai is considered to be high.
“Father, as You have blessed the land of Qinghai with many salt lakes and a prosperous salt industry, I pray that believers in the Province will live their lives as Gospel ‘salt of the earth’ and that You will use them to penetrate, flavor, and influence their families and neighborhoods for Your glory and the expansion of Your Kingdom. I also pray that as the great Yangtze, Yellow, and Mekong Rivers originate in and flow from Qinghai Province, bringing life and nourishment to people, fields, and nations, that the Great Gospel of Jesus Christ will flow forth from Your church in Qinghai and bring eternal life to all who hear and believe on His Name.” (Matthew 6:13; Colossians 4:6; Psalm 98:8; Psalm 105:41; Isaiah 41:18; Isaiah 43:19; Acts 1:8; Revelation 21:1,2)
Pray for China – Yunnan Province (“Southern Clouds”). Population: 43+ million (Han, 68%; Tibetan, 20.6%; Tai, 7%; Hmong, 2%). Christianity: 5.3% (Protestant – no report). Other religions: Buddhism, animism, polytheism, Islam (1.5%).
Yunnan Province has the highest number of ethnic groups among all of China’s provinces. 25 of China’s 56 officially recognized ethnic groups live in Yunnan.
The level of house church activity in Yunnan is considered to be high.
Major industries include chemical, electronics, machinery, and tobacco.
“LORD of the Nations, my prayer is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be carried to the ethnic minority groups of Yunnan Province and that each one will hear, in their own heart language, the message of salvation that is found in Your Son. I praise You that multitudes from each of Yunnan’s 25 minority groups will be counted among the nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues who will gather before Your throne and ‘cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” ‘ for eternity.” (Genesis 12:1-3; Psalm 67:1-7; Isaiah 49:6c; Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; Revelation 7:9,10)
Pray for China – Hainan Province (“South Sea”). Population: 8 million (Han, 75.7%; Tai, 24%). Christianity: 4.8% (Protestant – 0.6%). Other religions: Buddhism, Daoism, polytheism.
Hainan is an island province that consists of more than 250 islands. It is often referred to as the “Hawaii” of China and is a favorite vacation site for Chinese from the Mainland.
Besides tourism, the major industries of Hainan include petrochemicals, electronics, and fishing.
“LORD, I pray that the inhabitants of Hainan, and all those who visit the islands for entertainment and pleasure purposes, will have the Gospel of Jesus Christ shared with them by Christ-followers who live and serve You in Hainan. I pray that many who hear will respond to the Gospel call and come to know You as their personal Savior. May the ‘islands be glad’ as Jesus Christ is lifted up and may a ‘new song’ of praise rise from the ‘islands and those who dwell on them’ as many enter Your Kingdom.” (Psalm 97:1; Isaiah 42:10)