China leadership change

The once in a decade change in power in China is taking place with the President and Premier to be replaced. It is expected that Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang will take over the presidency and premiership in March 2013. Open Doors China director Xiao Yun expects that churches all over China, but especially around 3000 churches in Beijing will have to lay low during the conference. It is expected that the leadership change will not make any difference for Christians. Opendoors asks that you pray:

-giving thanks for the amazing growth of the church in China.

-for the new political leaders that they will govern with wisdom.

-for wisdom for Open Doors staff as they determine how to support churches in minority areas such as Tibet and Xinjiang

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority…” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (TNIV)

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Chinese Abortion

The Population Research Institute reports that a Chinese official has stated that China’s one-child policy toll has cost 400m lives. Each year the Chinese Govt aborts between 10-15m women. For story: http://pop.org/content/chinas-one-child-policy-toll-reaches-400-million

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POSTED 4 Oct 2011
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Child Selection

The Economist reports (Sept 19) that over a quarter of all excess female deaths occur in China at birth. It reports on the World Bank’s annual World Development Report, published on September 19, 2011. The number has risen since 1990 from 890,000 to 1.1m. For story: http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/09/gender-inequality?fsrc=nlw|newe|09-19-11|new_on_the_economist

For World Bank Report: see this link

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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China and Capitalism

Bill Muehlenberg from CultureWatch writes on China, Christianity and Capitalism: http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2011/09/15/china-christianity-and-capitalism/

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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Chinese Detained

In China a number of underground Church leaders from Tianshui diocese in the northwestern Gansu province have been detained. For more: http://www.ucanews.com/2011/08/23/wait-officials-detain-underground-leaders/

Or: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=27842

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POSTED 11 Sep 2011
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Asians Antiochs

The Australian Prayer Network newsletter (27 June 2011) report on an article in Charisma that the nations of Asia are positioned to be 21st century Antiochs. Mostly Chinese young people are showing a commitment to serve God rarely seen in the West.

For story: http://ausprayernet.org.au/newsletter/DisplayNewsletter.php?e_id=00000002210#st1

Or: http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/fire-in-my-bones/31063-has-the-baton-been-passed-to-the-asian-church-

 

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POSTED 2 Jul 2011
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China’s True Believers

China continues to crack down on Christians in home churches. For story: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/17/3218913.htm

To watch or read a report from the ABC’s Foreign Correspondence, 17 May 2011 “True Believers” See: http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2011/s3219470.htm

Meanwhile pastors from unregistered churches (“house churches”) in China have lodged an unprecedented petition with the Chinese parliament, calling for religious freedom.

For petition story: http://www.barnabasfund.org/Chinese-house-churches-petition-parliament-for-religious-freedom.html

For copy of petition sent to the Chinese Govt: http://www.chinaaid.org/2011/05/we-stand-up-for-our-faith-petition-to.html

 

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POSTED 27 Jun 2011
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China Clampdown

At least three “underground” priests in China’s northern Hebei province have been detained in the Chinese crackdown on human rights activists and Christians not affiliated to the government-sanctioned Church, reports ucanews.com. More: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=25861

ChinaAid reports that the Chinese Govt is employing “mafia-type violence” in its campaign against Christians. In one church at least 169 worshippers were rounded up and put on buses, their mobile phones were confiscated and the people were ordered to write statements of repentance. For more: http://www.barnabasfund.org/chinese-government-uses-mafia-type-violence-against-christians.html

 

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POSTED 3 Jun 2011
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China Crackdown

A leading Beijing “underground” church has been left homeless amidst China’s biggest crackdown in decades on churches. For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=25735

Or: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/new-targets-in-chinas-crackdown-on-critics/story-e6frg6so-1226033589488

 

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POSTED 19 Apr 2011
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Church Destroyed

The Barnabas Fund reports that on Aug 30, 2010 a group of 20 Christians watched as police entered and destroyed a house church and training centre in Zhejiang Province, China.

Action: The Barnabas Fund asks people to pray for these Christians that have lost their prayer centre.

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POSTED 17 Oct 2010
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