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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 could 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 ended, 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 has become “the first Christian territory in Asia to become non-Christian.” (Operation World)

Macau is one of the richest places in the world. Much of their money comes from people who travel to Macau to gamble. Macau has been called “the City of Sin.” Recently Macau has been bringing in less money, and 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.

Cheng Jie

China
Hualin with family photos

Cheng Jie is a Christian in China. She and her husband, Hualin, have two sons who are less than 5 years old.

But Cheng Jie was sent to prison and could no longer help Hualin care for their children. “I don’t know how to take care of kids,” said Hualin. “When they ask me things, I don’t know how to answer. The kids need mom. I cannot help.”

Cheng Jie was the director of a Christian school that is part of their church. Hualin is a youth pastor. The government complained about the books and materials Cheng Jie’s school used to teach kindergarteners. And they put her in prison.

“As a full-time pastor, I have prepared myself to be in jail,” Hualin said. “Unfortunately it is not me; it is my wife in jail. The younger son is only 2 years old, so he really doesn’t know much about mom. The older one always asks for mom. Every day he prays that mom will come home soon.

“I wish for my wife to come back home so our family can be reunited. Pray for her, to keep her strong faith in God. And also pray that she can share the gospel in jail. Her lawyer said she is sharing the gospel in jail.”

(Source: Report from VOM contacts; edited and paraphrased.)


One Billion Need Jesus

On May 4th, China celebrates Youth Day. Events on Youth Day honor the patriotism of youth in China’s history.

Praise God, Christianity is spreading in China. But still, it is estimated that more than 1 billion people in China are not followers of Jesus. (Source: Operation World)

How many is one billion? Draw and cut out a 1-inch by 1-inch square. If possible, set it on a football field. (Or imagine it on a football field.) About 7 million 1-inch squares would fit from end zone to end zone on a football field. You would have to fill 142 football fields with the squares to equal almost 1 billion squares.

On China’s Youth Day, pray that all China’s youth will hear about Jesus and His love for them.


Wenxi Li

China

PrisonerAlert.com is a website of The Voice of the Martyrs. The site tells about Christians who are in prison for their faith in Christ or for their Christian work. You can read stories about the prisoners and find instructions for sending them a message in their own language.

The site tells information about prisoners who have been released. Wenxi Li was a prisoner in China for 729 days until he was released. While he was in prison, PrisonerAlert.com readers sent him 2756 encouraging letters through the site. Read more about him on Prisoner Alert.

Wenxi, who has a wife and two children, was put in prison because of his work helping to set up a Christian bookstore. His wife said that Wenxi’s work is very important to him, and that he will probably want to continue it now that he is out of prison.

Please pray for Wenxi and his family.

To Think About

  • Wenxi’s wife said that he will probably want to continue the kind of work that got him arrested. Why do you think Wenxi wants to do that?
  • How would you feel during Wenxi’s time in prison if you were Wenxi’s children? How do you think they felt when he was released? How do you think they feel about his desire to continue his Christian work? Do you think they are proud of him?

Hidden Missionaries

Nigeria
Mary Slessor and her adopted children

Missionaries are Christians sent on missions, often to other countries, to spread the good news of Jesus among people who don’t yet know Him. Sometimes their work is risky. Jesus told His followers that they would be persecuted as He was. (See John 15:18–22.)

Find the names of six missionaries in the sentences below. Do some research to find out more about any whose stories you don’t know.

Search for the following names. (If they have a first and last name, search only for the last.)

  • Peter (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Andrew (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Cecil Dye
  • John and Betty Stam
  • Mary Slessor
  • Bruce Olson
  1. James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
  2. Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
  3. Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
  4. In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
  5. Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
  6. In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

Name Search Answers

1. Stam
James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
2. Peter
Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
3. Olson
Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
4. Andrew
In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
5. Dye
Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
6. Slessor
In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.