China News & Prayer (2018.12.01-08)

I can Read

“I am 73 years old. I have never studied in a school. I am illiterate. I even do not know the characters of my name. I can only listen to sermons when I attend Sunday services. I do not know how to sing hymns. Once I heard a pastor saying in his sermon that Jesus cured a blind man of Jericho. Jesus was quoted as speaking to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.’ The blind man immediately received his sight. I bought a bible and went home after the sermon. Then I knelt down, cried and prayed, ‘Lord! Please make me see. I believe you!’ Every day I pray in this way and asked the Lord to open my eyes so that I could read and understand the precious words in the Bible. One day I opened the Bible and read the first three chapters of Genesis. When I was reading the scriptures, my son came over coincidentally. Listening to what I was reading, he said, ‘Mom, have you become literate? Could you read it once again?’ I did not believe in this at that moment. My son said happily, ‘Mom, it is God who has opened your eyes. This is a miracle!’”

(Sister Zhang)

  • Thank the Lord for the manifestation of His miracle in Sister Zhang’s testimony. May the Lord use her testimony to bless many other people.

Postgraduate Admission Examination

Application for 2019 National Postgraduate Admission Examination has started from October 10 till October 31. According to the Ministry of Education, the number of candidates reached 2.38 million in 2018, an increase of 370,000 when compared with 2017. According to a media survey, reasons for postgraduate studies are: (1) increase of employment competitiveness; (2) admission to a prestigious college; (3) a change of professions; and (4) temporary escape from the pressure of seeking employments. Zhuo Huan, a tutor from Northeast Normal University, thought that the major background of the upsurge of the examination candidates was the rise of the economic level in the society and increase of parents’ input into their children’s education fund. With this background, pursuit of high education and good jobs becomes choices of most people.

(“China News Web, Beijing”, October 10, 2018)

  • Please pray for the general trend of pursuing higher education in the Chinese society. It is hoped that the improvement of educational levels will bring about the rises of the cultural quality and morality level in the society.

Ministry for Hui

The Hui population of China is more than 10 million and spreads out in the eastern, central and western regions with the form of “large dispersion, small concentrations”. About 2.19 million of Hui people are concentrated in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Hui people mainly speak Chinese and mix it with the Jingtang language which is a language used in the Islamic Law. Chinese vocabularies are used to translate Persian and Arabic in the Jingtang language. At present, there are workers who enter regions such as five northwestern provinces, Yunnan, Henan and Shandong to carry out gospel ministries through their employment and businesses. Many ministries are carried out in the way of friendship evangelism because the Hui people are warm and hospitable. Patience and perseverance are required. Those Hui people who have returned to the Lord face the rejection of their compatriots and the obstruction of their families. It is necessary to support them by prayers. Moreover, Radio Liangyou has produced and broadcast a gospel program for the Hui people.

  • Ask the Lord to care and protect the co-workers who serve the Hui people. Also ask the Lord to use the testimonies in their life and deeds to lead more Hui people to the Lord. May the Lord call more such co-workers to serve such a dispersed Hui people.

Gospel Broadcasting

  1. “The Ways Of the Pastors”: The third graduation ceremony was held last month. Thanks to God. There were 14 graduates. Ask the Lord to make them become His faithful servants and use them in their own church. In addition, the fourth training program is under preparation. May the Lord support and use the students to be trained. Please pray that both our staff and students will be strengthened, and that they can make progress by learning from each other!
  2. Caroling LIVE by Soooradio: Soooradio will organize an online 12-hour “Marathon Relay Live Caroling” on December 15. More than ten pastors will evangelize in relays during this event. Different parties will also take turns to sing Christmas carols. Pray that the Lord will use this function to spread more widely the good news to be celebrated by the whole world!