Transforming The 10/40 Window Nations Through The Power of Prayer

WindoWatchman: People's Republic of China

Population: 1,349,585,838
Political Leader: Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
Religions: Atheism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity
Christians: 100 million
Persecution Ranking: 37 in the world

Forty years ago, China was one of the world's poorest countries. Its per capita GDP was just one-fortieth of the US. Since then, per capita GDP growth in China has been one of the fastest in the world, exceeding eight percent per year. China is the second largest economy in the world, valued at $11 trillion. It seems like nothing can stand in the way of China's meteoric rise to economic super-power status.

Alongside China's economic advance has been the phenomenal growth of the Chinese Church which now numbers 100 million. At least for now, the government appears to want to use religion for its own ends, rather than extinguish it.

However, Christianity is still seen as a Western import, and not really Chinese. Churches must avoid being seen as too large and powerful, or too political. They have to walk a tightrope: to work for the betterment of society while not threatening the right of the Communist Party to run society. Churches have to avoid being seen as run from abroad and receiving foreign literature or having foreign leadership. Chinese Christianity therefore needs to become more Chinese (Open Doors).

Pray for Christian Believers in China to continue to worship God and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those they come in contact (The Bible, Mark 16:15).

Pray for the Chinese Church to become less foreign-dependent and more indigenous (The Bible, Matthew 16:18).

Pray for the continued growth of the Chinese Church, including among China's 25 million Muslims (The Bible, Acts 2:42).

This article originally appeared in the January '14 version of The Win 10/40 Reporter.
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