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Preaching Ban and a Birthday

Officials in one province in China have banned pastors from putting their sermons online. Many churches had switched to livestreaming their sermons because the government is closing churches.

The leader of China, President Xi Jinping is trying to increase his control over all religions. On June 15, President Xi will turn 67. Will you pray for him and his country on his birthday?

*Pray that President Xi will think about his relationship to God and be drawn to salvation through His Son Jesus.
*Pray that members of closed churches will stay strong in their faith.
*Pray that all people in China will have the opportunity to learn the truth about Jesus and His love for them.

Read more about the restrictions on Christians in China here, here, and here.

Find more prayer suggestions in the book Bold Believers in China, available in the free Downloads section.

Click here to find out about Christian persecution in China and how to pray.


China: No Internet Church

[Photo: Authorities have removed crosses from some churches in China.]

The government of China is making more rules to limit Christian activities. Learn about some of their rules here and here.

Chinese officials have even closed some churches. So, the congregations of many of the churches moved their services online.

Now China’s government has ruled that all livestreamed preaching must stop. After the coronavirus began making people sick, more churches wanted to hold services online. But the new rule forbids them from doing so.

Below are some ways you can pray about the situation.

*Ask God to give church leaders wisdom as they try to continue serving their congregations.
*Ask God to help Chinese children and adults who want to learn more about Jesus but don’t know how to find people to help them.
*Pray that God will encourage Christians in their faith when they can’t gather with other believers.


Sharing God’s Love in Uncertain Times

During a time of quarantine and uncertainty, the coronavirus has opened up ways to spread the gospel. Some of the countries most affected by the virus so far are countries where Christians face persecution every day.

In one Muslim country where many people are sick, Christians are handing out masks and helping people who are quarantined. Sometimes people ask the Christians why they are helping others. Then the Christians tell them about Jesus’ love and how He helps us overcome fear.

The Chinese government has set up many cameras with face-recognition software to track the daily lives of Christians and others. They have cracked down on Christian activities. But Christians in parts of China now feel more freedom in their activities because the cameras are less likely to identify them if they are wearing masks.

As you make decisions about dealing with the coronavirus for your own family, please remember to pray for your Christian family around the world as well.

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs Facebook)


Robert Morrison and Macau

Macau
Macau today

Robert Morrison was the youngest of eight children. As a youth, he read missionary magazines and dreamed of being a missionary someday. But his mother wanted him to stay near his family in England. So he promised he would not become a missionary as long as she was alive. Sadly, she died a few short years after he made the promise. At the age of 20, Morrison began preparing to be a missionary.

He prayed that God would send him to a place where difficulties were the greatest.

God answered his prayer. Morrison arrived in China in 1807. For the next 25 years, he faced obstacles and problems while he worked to bring the good news of Jesus to people in China.

He lived part of that time in Macau, a colony in China ruled by Portugal. In Macau, he baptized a new Chinese Christian, and translated the Bible into Chinese. After his time serving the Lord on earth, he was buried in Macau.

Macau Today
Today Macau is ruled by China. Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages. In the past, most of the people were Christians. However, over time, it became “the first Christian territory in Asia to become non-Christian.” (Operation World)

Much of the money in Macau comes from people who travel to Macau to gamble. Macau has been called “the City of Sin.” During times when Macau brings in less money, some of the citizens are worried about losing their riches.

(Sources include: CIA Factbook, Operation World, and From Jesus to Irian Jaya)

To Talk About

  • What are some reasons parents might not want their children to become missionaries? What are some reasons other parents might want their children to become missionaries?
  • What do you think are some of reasons a Christian country might become a non-Christian country?

Prayer Points

  • “Gambling is a religion” in Macau (Operation World). Pray that people in Macau will seek Jesus instead of uncertain wealth.
  • Ask God to strengthen those who are spreading the gospel in Macau in spite of obstacles and problems.

Uygur Calligraphy

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Click the image to open the calligraphy PDF file.

Calligraphy is a respected art among the Uygurs. Print these Uygur phrases in calligraphy and see if you can copy them. Uygur is written from right to left instead of left to right like English.

Learn more in Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs, available in the Downloads section.