Andrew Murray said, “The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.”
With a staggering divorce rate, urgent mental health needs (highest suicide rate in the world), vulnerable North Korean refugees, as many as 13 million abortions per year, over 3 million children in orphanages, and millions more abandoned and trafficked - the nation of China is a land of immense and urgent human need.
Yet this nation has also seen one of history's most remarkable and miraculous events! With only 2.7 million Christians in 1975, China is now home to as many as 75 million believers! The scope of this incredible growth is unprecedented. The gruesome persecution that followed the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) only gave the Church greater momentum. A vast network of passionate house churches has risen with astounding growth that can no longer be ignored.
Though political persecution has been lessening, arrests and forced closures are increasing in key areas. Illegal unregistered house churches face further hostility, while rural Christians face persecution by Muslims. However, China is beginning to recognize its need for moral stability in an increasingly materialistic society.
Christians represent every strata of society in the state-controlled Protestant church, rural house church networks, and the vibrant urban professional churches. But this massive and rapid growth has created an enormous need for further access to Bibles and sound Biblical teaching, particularly in the face of pressing moral and ethical situations and questions. Though the Church in China is massive, it remains only 8% of the population.
Over 183,000,000 remain unreached by the Gospel and over 500 million are held captive to the mixed philosophies and teachings of Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Atheism. As materialism, corruption, and moral decline continue to ravage China, this incredible window of spiritual receptivity might not remain open. Now is the time. May the Spirit of God unleash His power in even greater ways, and may the Gospel reach each of the 1.35 billion people spread across this massive land.
PRAY! Will God use NFI to accomplish His purpose in this land?
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