Jackson Wu (吴荣) wrote an article entitled “The 5 Most Pressing Needs of the Chinese Church”. These needs are listed below and we should be praying about them. As the great missionary to China Hudson Taylor said: “The power of prayer has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power... read more
In 2019, China's population stands at 1.418 billion, the largest of any country in the world. China ranks number one in the list of nations by population. China’s population is equivalent to 18.41% of the total world population. Most of us would be well aware of those facts. It gives rise to the humorous comment that God must love the Chinese people more than any other because... read more
Trade negotiations between the world’s two largest economies, the USA and China, recently took a seriously negative turn. The U.S. raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported goods from China to 25% from 10%. Beijing responded with tariffs of up to 25% on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.
According to Jost Oliver Zetzsche, "the first edition of the completed Mandarin Union Version Bible was received from the printer on April 22, 1919." We have just passed the 100th anniversary of the first printed edition of the Chinese Union Bible (the CUV). That Bible is the defining version of the Chinese church, and its impact cannot be overestimated.
Ian Johnson, writing in Foreign Affairs, defined the direction of Chinese government policy to the church in China in a way that should be helpful to all those who pray for China’s church. He essentially made three points.
On December 9th 2018, Chinese security officials shut down Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, arresting Pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong, as well as several elders and 100 church members. Some have since been released, but the pastor and elders have not been freed (at the time of writing).
Paul, writing in 2 Timothy 4:1-2, makes a very interesting emphasis to his young team member, Timothy - especially since “this is the final chapter of Paul’s final letter.” Paul’s emphasis is on the Bible, the Word of God.
Recently two high profile international events took place which created two very different responses from other nations. These responses provide an interesting glimpse into China’s unique status in the world today.
On September 22nd 2018 the Vatican announced that it had reached a provisional agreement with the Chinese government concerning the relationship between the Catholic church and the Chinese state. The agreement has not yet been finalised, so there are some details that are not yet ironed out. Read more...
“Alibaba and Tencent: Disrupting China, Dozens of Industries at a Time” was the title of an article by Stratfor. It is not difficult to understand the reason for the title. Traditionally the two companies are seen as internet companies “involved in social media, e-commerce, streaming media and mobile payments”. But they are in fact much more than that.
China’s economic growth has created new ways of influencing other nations, both those who are friendly and those who to one degree or another are considered ‘hostile' by China. Stratfor recently analysed one specific area where this influence will be especially effective for China – tourism.
One of the most important changes governing religious policy in China is the 2017-18 emphasis on the “sinicization” of religions in China. Sinicization is defined as “a process intended to shape religious traditions and doctrine to better conform with Chinese society and CCP objectives.” Simply put, that means making religions agree and...
“Having settled into what was thought to be a ‘new normal’, it seems that the religious community in China (both Chinese and foreign) must now adjust to a ‘new, new normal’.” (Joann Pittman, ChinaSource Blog, May 2018). Though the facts of what Pittman wrote will be familiar to many who pray for China through Antioch missions, her analysis is very helpful.
In a ChinaSource article posted in early April 2018, Joann Pittman wrote helpfully to define what is the actual position relating to the sale of Bibles in China. The following is a summary of her comments:
In 1982 I had my first opportunity to travel into China. During that visit I had the huge privilege of meeting for two nights with a house church leader in Shanghai. That was in many ways a defining time for Derek Prince Ministries’ work in China. This brother and his wife shared with me the needs of the church at the time in China which defined our responses in the years to come.
Recently there have been a number of reports about a possible rapprochement between the Vatican and China. The Holy See has been in negotiations for several years with the Chinese Communist Party and is now believed to be close to an agreement over the appointment of bishops in China. That agreement says...
The Mainland Chinese magazine China Christian Daily ran an article in January 2018 that serves as a very helpful prayer guide for those who are burdened to pray for China in 2018.
Recently the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) ran an article which began: “A new industry has emerged in China, helping husbands and wives to separate their unfaithful spouses from their lovers. It's called ‘Mistress Dispelling’, in which clients often pay tens of thousands of dollars to...
Perhaps you have wondered how China pays for all this massive investment expenditure. Where does all that money come from? Stratfor recently offered one explanation which is in plain view of the whole world, and yet little noticed. China, the article stated, has 35 cities whose economies are as big as whole countries in Asia and Europe and elsewhere!
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) published on its website an article around the time of the 19th party Congress which pointed out some revealing statistics concerning China. The article was not about China’s politics, but rather gave insights into the ordinary Chinese and their lives today. It contained five graphs with...
"It's almost an epidemic, especially in rural areas," saId one financial expert. She was referring to pyramid schemes (known in Chinese as ‘chain selling’), “which are flourishing in parts of China where education levels are low.
High atop the Doklam Plateau, Indian and Chinese forces were locked in a standoff. This is an area around Sikkim and Bhuttan in the region of North India near Nepal, which is described as “the roof of the world”. It is therefore out of sight and perhaps out of mind, but carries dangers in respect of the relationship of the two most populous nations in the world.
Recently, reports speak of the “death game” Blue Whale, which has already caused many young people in Russia to commit suicide, and now has entered into China through social media. The game participants are mostly young people who are asked to complete 50 game assignments, such as...
At the time of writing there is some confusion regarding the deaths of two young Chinese in Pakistan. But this much is clear. Meng Li Si and Li Xinheng were abducted on May 24th in Quetta, the capital city of Baluchistan province in Pakistan. Pakistan authorities confirmed their deaths saying they had been abducted by the Islamic State.
Most people who keep up with China news would know of the existence of China’s One Belt One Road massive project. Fewer would be able to define what exactly it is.
“Until the start of this month (April 2017), no one had ever heard of Xiongan. Today, it is the most talked-about place in China. When the government announced on April 1st that it would create ‘Xiongan New Area’ as a metropolis from scratch, it immediately set off a frenzy.