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Tuesday
More than half of the provinces in China report a decrease in the number of students taking the college entrance examination this year. One big reason for this is that many college graduates have not been able to find jobs and this was made even worse with the recent financial crisis. Most Chinese parents still believe one must have a college degree in order to be successful. We pray specifically for all the Christian families whose children are not getting a college education. May the Lord give them assurance that God has a good plan and they can glorify and serve Him in whatever course they pursue in life?
Wednesday
Although more than ten million people took it, the number of students taking the college entrance examination dropped this year for the first time in its history. One reason for the decline is that these examinees were born after 1990 which is the end of the third peak (1985-1990) of population in China. Let us remember all the Christian families whose children are taking the examination this year. Children are an inheritance from God and we pray that these parents, no matter the results of the examination, can trust God knowing that He has a wonderful plan for their children.
Thursday
Finding work is difficult for young people, especially those who are freshly out of school and those without a skill. One in 4 college graduates from 2008 have not found job and most of them are living with their parents. Among the unemployed, 85% are between 18 and 49 years old. Being unemployed usually means returning home to live with parents. Without gainful employment, these young people are experiencing a great psychological toll. Let us pray for all who are without work, especially believers who are experiencing stress, family turmoil, making ends meet and even doubts about the goodness of God.
Friday
This is the eightieth anniversary of the death of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China. His palace-like burial grounds have become a "must see" for people who visit Nanjing. There are also memorials (some of them to foreigners) nearby that pay tribute to all the martyrs of the Republic and the Sino-Japanese wars. It is very easy to forget that the church is founded "on the blood of the martyrs". We thank the Lord for the thousands who stood for their faith and looked to God for final deliverance. Let us pray even more fervently for the church in China because "prosperity kills churches", and makes us complacent and lose our focus on God.
Saturday
More women file for divorce than men in Shanghai. One reason is it is easier for women to find work and stay financially independent. Another reason is women in Shanghai have a higher standard for quality of life and for what kind of husband they want to marry. There are many divorced sisters in China's churches. Although it is no longer an issue of shame, they lack support both spiritually and friendship-wise in church. We pray for their special needs, in overcoming loneliness, forgiveness, financial stress. We pray that they will have wisdom to raise their children to know the Lord.
Sunday
Teaching children