China News & Prayer (2024.03.09-15)

With a Loyal Heart

“My wife and I had been serving in a province at northern China for over ten years. Due to the pandemic and the bad environment, our work was confronted with slow progress. We considered returning home for other development. In the meantime, God has placed us among some university students. We have been longing to serve young people. Our inner fire was ignited again and we decided to stay. The university students gather at our home every week. My wife prepares meals for them. We are immensely happy watching them grow in Christ. We have decided to insist on serving in the ministry by cutting our expenses in other areas.”

(Brother Wang)

  • Grateful for the loyalty of this couple to God. God will take care of them and supply all their needs. May God build the lives of the students and motivate more people to follow Him.

AI Substitute

Hushang Technology and Innovation Enterprise in Shanghai has started to study and develop the second-generation humanoid robot with the orientation function. The robot stands at over a height of 1.6 m, has a weight of 60 kg and a total of 39 moveable joints (including finger joints) all over the body. At present, oriented logistics are provided to carry out verification work. According to experts, onsite training in the real-world setting must be provided for robots enabling them to perform every kind of different tasks for human. Robots cannot work effectively in the workplace, household and society until they keep gaining enhanced intelligence.

(“China News Net”, January 15, 2024)

  • Pray for the development of humanoid robots and AI technology. May God teach us to use AI in a proper way. In addition to the convenience and efficiency AI has contributed to our society, scientists and R&D research staff should consider the ethical use of the innovative technology and its social impact.

Grace of God

“On the day of the car accident, people on the spot thought that I would not survive or would have to be bed-ridden for the rest of my life, and I would need my family taking care of me for the rest of my life. When I still had a weak sense, I felt the Lord was with me and offered my whole self to Jesus Christ. Thank God for His protection, I recovered quickly and could take care of myself about a year after the accident. Physical pain lets us know more about God and understand His will more. I became a Christian after listening to the gospel broadcast and was saved by Jesus Christ. I want to share my experience with you. The Word of God brings me abundant peace and joy. Though I walk in the valley of deep shadow, I fear no harm.”

(Brother Liu)

  • Thank God for saving Brother Liu at the critical moment in his life and making him recover. It is all God’s grace. May God continue to protect him and allow him to testify for Him.

Spring Influenza

The transmission of respiratory tract infections has been in stable condition recently. Nevertheless, long travel and large numbers of travelers during the Chinese New Year have increased the risk of respiratory tract infections. At present, the clinical capacity of hospitals in Ningxia with increasing pediatric infectious disease consultations has been enhanced to optimize the medical resource allocation. Staff strength in their duty and shift work during the holidays has been improved. Staff has been prepared for dealing with urgent medical requests. Commonly used drugs, antigen test kits, medical equipment and hospital beds have been reserved for the surging cases of flu infections. Staff capacity and supplies of equipment, drugs and vehicles targeted for acute medical consultations have been increased to promptly respond to emergencies.

(“People’s Daily”, February 7, 2024)

  • The COVID-19 outbreak took place after the Chinese New Year in 2020. May God bless the policy that it can be carried out successfully in all regions during the influenza surge. Hope that public awareness of hygiene after the pandemic will be raised and patients can recover quickly.

Gospel Broadcasting

  1. Transmission through Internet: The platforms such as the Radio Liangyou website and Liangyou Walkman are still unaffected in an environment where the Internet is restricted and highly regulated. They can continue to serve our listeners. We dare not boast since this is all God’s grace. “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (Revelation 3:8)
  2. Training for Workers: The cumulative number of students admitted to Liangyou Theological Seminary to take traditional courses has exceeded 20,000 over the past years. The cumulative number of graduates has reached more than 5,000 as at the end of 2023. Currently the number of registered users of the self-study platform exceeds 40,000. Moreover, the co-workers need to learn more about the platform users in the future. The courses will also be updated as needed. Ask God to provide financial needs and manpower for the future development.