AS OLYMPICS APPROACH
“And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
– 1 John 4:21 [NIV]
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 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.