Open Doors

RESTRICTIONS INCREASE
AS OLYMPICS APPROACH

“And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

– 1 John 4:21 [NIV]

China

In three months time the 2008 Olympics will begin in Beijing. Over recent months religious atmosphere has been tight and tense, exacerbated by the freedom protests in Tibet in March. Furthermore protests have accompanied the Olympic torch as it travels to Beijing.

Although not involved directly with the Olympics, Christian leaders around the country will feel the reverberations. Not only will a smooth running of the Olympics mean a lot to the people of China, it could also pave the way for fewer restrictions on the house church movement in future if the authorities discern that Christianity is not a threat to their country.

Many house-church networks have identified the training and nurturing of the next generation of believers as key to the future of the Church in China. Many are well established with trained Sunday school teachers and trainers have experienced such growth over the past five years that they have not been able to keep up with the demand.

Source: Open Doors

Please pray…

  • Please pray against persecution of believers stemming from the recent increase in tension, and for peace to prevail so that the government can hold a successful Olympics.
  • Pray for protection and strength for the leaders of the Chinese Church as they lead their congregations though a defining era in the history of the nation.
  • Thank God for what He is doing among the children and young people of China. Pray for Open Doors teams as they try to meet the many requests for Sunday school teaching materials.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s