The recent scandal about vaccines in China is actually nothing new since similar problems have made the news several times in the past decade and it seems there is no way to stop it. The vaccines, drugs, and even baby milk powder have quality issues and contain toxic substances. Many parents leave their children at home or give up trying because there are no children's programs at church or their children do not like it. We pray that Christian parents will teach their children to know God and feed them spiritual nourishment. May the Lord protect the children of China.
Many Chinese parents have little confidence in the quality of infant formula made in China, so people continue to purchase milk powder from abroad via all kinds of channels. It is natural that parents try to get the very best for their children. We pray that Christian parents will persist in teaching their children God's word from a very young age and that they will not give up because they feel they do not have the ability to tell Bible stories.
China's pharmaceutical industry is enormous and its drug regulatory agency has tried to correct myriads of deficiencies while pushing the goal of producing all vaccines there. The outcry of parents at this time is directed at the shoddy quality of vaccines intended for children. After the implementation of the new religious laws, some churches no longer have children in attendance. We pray for all Christian parents to have boldness and wisdom, much like the mother of Moses in the Old Testament, determined to rear children God can freely use.
A very prestigious junior high school in Beijing requires incoming seventh graders to complete the Chinese language homework for the following summer, to do calligraphy, to recite classic poems, to complete required book reading, visit a museum , and then to make a report of their summer experiences. Many churches offer summer activities or even retreats for their youth. We pray that the young people will not only know more about God but will also realize that God has a special plan for them and be willing to follow Jesus even though they are still young.
In China, young people who are going into junior high are required to do math and English homework before they can enter. Schools discourage students from playing computer games and require them to play Sudoku instead. There are also English stories they are required to read. We pray that Christian parents will use the summer break to help their children work on their relationship with the Lord--that they will help them to pray and daily read the Bible along with sharing stories of Jesus with them.
In contrast to China, students in Taiwan who are going into junior high school have little homework to do that summer. Junior high and elementary schools in Taiwan no longer require homework during summer and winter breaks.Many Chinese Christian parents allow their children to skip church during the school year. We pray that churches will have a concrete strategy to help parents teach their children to walk with Jesus and to know that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
Many new converts who return to China from abroad find it is almost impossible to balance their work schedule, and daily routine with their faith. Although they know they should put God first, real-life scenarios often don't let them do that. Work culture and work-related entertainment prevent many believers from having meaningful church lives. We pray for a personal walk with Jesus despite the demanding work schedule and may the Lord help them to know how to resist temptation.