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September Pray4Yueyang Calendar

September-2009-smallThe September Prayer Calendar for the people of Yueyang, China is available for viewing and download. Please take a minute to download this month’s calendar and to print it out and post somewhere where you will be reminded daily to pray for the people of Yueyang!

September marks the end of summer and students across the city begin the fall ’09 semester. Will you take a moment right now to pray for college and university students in Yueyang. University students in Yueyang face challenges and pressures as they leave their hometowns and come to Yueyang to study that they have never faced before. Often they find themselves feeling vulnerable and alone as they face decisions they have never had to make on their own before. This is a critical tiime in their lives as they cross the threshold of adulthood.

One of the nice things about this time of year is that the hot and humid weather loses a little bit of it’s edge and cooler weather begins to creep in. The result is that the people of Yueyang spend more time outside, talking and playing with their neighbors in Yueyang’s parks and other public spaces.

Many of Yueyang Christians are trying to become more obedient in the area of evangelism and are excited about the fact that so many people are out in public spaces just ‘hanging out’, providing many opportunities to share good news with neighbors and colleagues. Please pray for these faithful believers who are stepping out on faith in order to be obedient to the Scriptural command for ALL believers to share their faith with others.

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Number of Abortions in China is “Cause for Concern”

There are 13 million abortions each year, compared to 20 million births, according to newly published research.
Researchers believe the real figure could be even higher because there are many abortions at unregistered clinics.

abortions_birthsChina imposed strict family planning rules in the 1970s in an attempt to limit the growth of its population.

Many pregnant women who have had their full quota of children have abortions to prevent unwanted births.
But young single women are most likely to have abortions in a country where there are 20 million births each year, the research found.

Experts said the high number of abortions was “cause for concern”, adding that many women who have abortions are single and aged between 20 and 29.

China began restricting the number of children each couple can have in 1978. Officials say this has prevented 400 million extra births.

August Pray4Yueyang Calendar

August-2009The August Prayer Calendar for the people of Yueyang, China is available for viewing and download. Please take a minute to download this month’s calendar and to print it out and post somewhere where you will be reminded daily to pray for the people of Yueyang!

As August arrives in Yueyang, summer is in full swing. Most students are having some sort of ‘summer break’, resuming classes for the new fall term in September. Yueyang is hot, no, Yueyang is REALLY hot in the summer! The pace across the city slows down just a notch or two as people adapt to the heat and general lack of air conditioning in homes and places of business.

One nice side effect of the August heat is that the city’s residents become even more social than usual, invading the city’s parks and public spaces every night with people of all ages who go out after dark to enjoy the ‘relative’ coolness of the evening. It is not uncommon for there to be several hundred to even several thousand people milling around the city square or the Yueyang Tower park. Some Yueyang Christians who are trying to become more obedient in the area of evangelism have been taking advantage of the fact that so many people are out in public spaces just ‘hanging out’. Please pray for these faithful believers who are stepping out on faith in order to be obedient to the Scriptural command for ALL believers to share their faith with others.

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July Pray4Yueyang Calendar

July-2009The July Prayer Calendar for the people of Yueyang, China is available for viewing and download. Please take a minute to download this month’s calendar and to print it out and post somewhere where you will be reminded daily to pray for the people of Yueyang!

The month of July in China begins with the celebration of the Anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (中国共产党诞辰).

The Communist Party of China (CPC), also known as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is the founding and the ruling political party of the People’s Republic of China and the world’s largest political party. The Communist Party of China was founded in 1921, and came to rule all of mainland China after defeating its rival the Kuomintang (KMT) in the Chinese Civil War. The party’s 70 million members constitute 5.5% of the total population of mainland China.

By many estimates, there are more Christians in China (approx 100 Million) than there are Communists Party Members. However, the CCP holds a tight grip on every aspect of life for China’s 1.3 Billion citizens. Please pray for all 70 million members of China’s Communist Party. Ask that those who already have a faith in Christ will live out their faith with bold obedience and that those who do not believe will at least have a chance to hear the gospel explained fairly and clearly in a manner in which they can understand.

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June Prayer Calendar

june-2009-smallThe June Prayer Calendar for the people of Yueyang, China is available for viewing and download. Please take a minute to download this month’s calendar and to print it out and post somewhere where you will be reminded daily to pray for the people of Yueyang!

The month of June in China begins with the celebration of  the “International Children’s Day”  (六一国际儿童节).

When the People’s Republic of China was first established in 1949, the government established a holiday for all primary schools on June 1.  Schools usually hold activities such as field trips to local parks or other free activities on Children’s Day to allow students to have fun.  On June 1, 2009 the day was made even more memorable, as many people remembered the children who died in the massive Sichuan earthquake just a year before.

For many people in America, having a “Mother’s Day” or a “Father’s Day” makes sense, but a day to celebrate “Children” seems strange (isn’t EVERY day children’s day?!)  In many ways, this is a great illustration of the cultural values that have evolved in a country with a one-child policy and every family having their own “little emperor” upon which all the hopes of a family reside.

Pray that families all across Yueyang will come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ during the month of June.  Ask that people would begin to shift their hope for the future away from unrealistic ambitions for their children and onto their Creator and Savior who can meet every need.

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100 Million Chinese Suffer from Mental Illness

A recent report gives a somewhat rare look into an issue that doesn’t get talked about much, but an issue that should enter into our thinking when praying for all the diverse groups of people that make up Yueyang, China.

A senior mental health official says that at least 100 million Chinese people, or 7.7% of the population, suffer from mental illness, the Telegraph reports.

“This is a modest number,” Huang Yueqin, the director of the National Center for Mental Health, told the paper, noting that actual figures may be much higher. By her own estimate, Huang says a third of her university classmates have had some form of mental illness.

The WHO notes that mental illness has overtaken heart disease and cancer as the largest burden on China’s health care system. There are few mental health professionals working in China today, and Huang estimates that only 5% of China’s mentally ill seek treatment.

To be fair, “100 million” sounds like a HUGE number, but in relation to the total population of China, this is actually a lower percentage than what is reported in the USA.

If the percentage holds, there would be well over 100,000 mentally ill people in Yueyang city alone!  A sobering realization.  Please be in prayer for the people of Yueyang.

May Prayer Calendar

may-2009The May Prayer Calendar for the people of Yueyang, China is available for viewing and download. Please take a minute to download this month’s calendar and to print it out and post somewhere where you will be reminded daily to pray for the people of Yueyang!

The beginning of May marks the “International Labor Day” celebration (国际劳动节) across China.

May Day is synonymous with International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, which celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labour movement. As a day of celebration the holiday has ancient origins, and it can relate to many customs that have survived into modern times. Many of these customs are due to May Day being a cross-quarter day, meaning that in the Northern Hemisphere it falls approximately halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice.

Unlike previous years in which Chinese were given a full week off of work to celebrate, this year workers and students only get a ‘long weekend’ with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off of work and school.  Supposedly this is to ease the tremendous burden that would normally be caused by millions of people trying to return home to visit family, wives, husbands, children, parents.

It is very common for families to live apart as career ambitions take priority over family responsibility.  With the May holiday cut so short this year, even more stress is placed on families that will not get a chance to be together when they otherwise would have.  Please pray for hurting and struggling families in Yueyang.  Ask that first and foremost, entire households would come to faith in Jesus Christ and then as that happens, that the priorities will shift away from materialism and will result in healthier and stronger families in our city.

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Cab Driver Strike

taxi strikeThere is a strike going on right now in Yueyang, it seems that cab drivers are unhappy about the amount of money they are making after they pay their parent company the fee required to drive for that company.  While most protests that occur here in Yueyang are peaceful, this one has had a few moments of chaos over the weekend.  Some drivers were even arrested;

Eleven persons were detained because of rioting amid a strike involving thousand taxi drivers in Yueyang City in central China’s Hunan Province, police said on Saturday.

The strike began on Friday when dozens of drivers parked their taxies in front of the Yueyang municipal government’s building, demanding to reduce the amount of money they should pay to their taxi companies monthly, police said.

More drivers joined the strike on Saturday, police said.

Some people rioted during the strike as they stopped some taxis and forced the drivers to join the strike, police said.

The rioters smashed some cabs and hit the drivers, police said.

Police detained eight rioters on Friday and three on Saturday.

A special investigation team had been founded by the municipal government to solve the problem, said Han Jianguo, vice mayor of Yueyang.

Please pray for the people of Yueyang.  Most do not have much worldly wealth, but almost all are consumed in the pursuit of it!  Pray that people all across the city will hear the Good News of Jesus’ FREE gift of salvation and that a movement of people sharing this simple truth will spread rapidly across the entire city and province!

April Prayer Calendar

april-2009-smallThe April Prayer Calendar for the people of Yueyang, China is available for viewing and download. Please take a minute to download this month’s calendar and to print it out and post somewhere where you will be reminded daily to pray for the people of Yueyang!

The beginning of April marks the “Tomb Sweeping Day” holiday (清明节) in China.

For the Chinese, it is a day to remember and honor one’s ancestors at grave sites. Young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, wine, chopsticks, (joss) paper accessories, and/or libation to the ancestors. The rites are very important to most Chinese and especially farmers. Some people carry willow branches with them on Qingming, or put willow branches on their gates and/or front doors. They think that willow branches help ward off the evil ghosts that wander on Qingming. Also on Qingming, people go on family outings, start the spring plowing, sing, dance, and Qingming is a time where young couples start courting.

For Christians in Yueyang, holidays that involve ancestor worship and other animistic superstitions and practices present a difficult challenge.  The pressure to show respect and love for one’s family without violating their Christian conviction to only worship the Most High God is intense.  Please remember your brothers and sisters in Yueyang who are facing these challenges right now.  Ask that this challenge might turn into an opportunity for the gospel to be proclaimed and for the Kingdom to grow!

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Economic Crisis Hitting the Heart of China

Hunan for years has sent waves of migrant workers to the cities in search of a better life and an escape from tough farm labor.
But now there are as many as two million Hunanese searching for work, the majority laid off from seaboard factories as the impact of the global economic crisis creeps into China’s rural heartland.

Hunan province once sent a million new farmers a year to work in China’s booming cities. Now the financial crisis means it is scrabbling to keep two million unemployed off the streets, a senior official said.

Beijing fears joblessness could lead to destabilizing unrest and has ordered local governments to throw their energy into keeping their citizens in some kind of employment.

Please pray for the people of Yueyang, many of whom are feeling the effects of the global economic slowdown in much more tangible ways than those of us living in more ‘affluent’ countries.  Pray that food and housing needs are met and that this crisis would create a new openness to hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ.