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Tuesday
The two-child policy of 2016 did not produce the expected results, and rather, it has been steadily declining. Young parents hope to achieve stable income before having children. The cost of education, kindergarten, school, extracurricular classes, has increased dramatically. Many Chinese parents see their children as a financial burden. Our prayer is believers will to see their children as God s blessing, having faith in God and knowing God will provide for them.
Wednesday
In China, most young couples live in very small apartments. The soaring house prices leave few options to upgrade. Young people also worry about job instability. Young couples in church are busy with work and raising children, they cannot participate in worship regularly. In many churches, there are no young families at all. We pray for His grace and believers will not lose their passion for spiritual growth because of work and children.
Thursday
The number of newborns in China is lower than the official estimate, and that the population has started to decrease in 2018. Since 2006, the official death rate has remained at about 9 million a year. The big worries churches in China face are the large numbers of old people and few children. We pray that God will bring about a revival to His churches, adding young families and shepherds have wisdom to care for the elderly.
Friday
According to the last census which was done in 2010, the birth rate in China was 1.18 children per woman, that number is now only 1.05. At present, there are no children ministries allowed because of official policy. We pray that all believer parents will know how to teach their children Bible at home and to know God from an early age, more than just worrying about their children's education.
Saturday
The pastoral work of young people among churches in China has never been easy. Young people grew up in atheistic education, very few had opportunities to know their faith. The few who grew up in Christian homes could not attend church regularly because of a heavy academic load, It is fair to say that few young people have a good foundation of faith. Churches in China are losing the children of believers and having difficulty reaching the young people given the current restrictive religious policy. We pray that Christian parents will do their very best in teaching their children about God and the Lord will bless His churches with young converts.
Sunday
When churches in China are not allowed to have Sunday school for children, pastors in China with Christian education training are trying to design a curriculum for parents to help children to grow spiritually. Other pastors are trying to help young believers by answering their questions about Christian faith. We pray that God will give wisdom to all who are applying what they have learned to shepherd believers and to make disciples. We need more content that will present the core message of the gospel in creative ways.
Monday
Parents in China are under great pressure to keep their children ahead academically in a highly competitive educational environment. At the same time, churches suddenly have no children and young people because of the new religious policy. Will the whole generation of young people be lost? We pray for parents who have great faith in God, just like Moses parents: By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the kings command. (Heb 11:23)


星期二
中國的二孩政策自2016年實施以來,並沒有產生促進人口生育率的預期效果,反而出生率一直穩步下降。年輕家長希望先確保有穩定的收入,然後才決定要孩子。孩子的教育成本諸如幼兒園、學校,課外班等等的費用確實不斷增加。許多家長視養育孩子為財務和精力的沈重負擔。求主幫助信徒能夠看見子女是耶和華的祝福,欣然接受神所賜的產業,也能相信耶和華以勒,而不是憂慮懼怕孩子的來臨。
星期三
由於房價飆升,他們無力換較好較大的住處。年輕人也擔心工作不穩定。許多年輕夫婦擠在一套非常狹小的公寓裡。教會裡的年輕夫婦往往忙碌于工作和照顧子女,未能恒常聚會,更談不上參與服侍,許多教會甚至沒有年輕家庭。求主施恩給信徒有智慧按生命的優先次序分配時間和精力,不因工作和孩子的原故而對屬靈成長的事冷淡退後。
星期四
按民間數據估計,中國嬰兒數量低於官方數據顯示的水平,自2018年時中國人口已開始減少。2006年以來,官方的死亡人數,一直維持在一年九百萬人左右。中國教會最大的隱憂就是老人多、孩子少,求主恩待教會帶來復興,加添更多年輕的家庭,承續信仰的薪傳;也讓牧者有智慧牧養關顧長者的需要。
星期五
根據2010年的人口普查 每個婦女平均生育率是1.18個孩子,現今已降低至1.05個。目前中國的政令規定教會不允許有兒童事工,求主幫助所有信徒家長重視神對父母的神聖託負是培育敬虔的後裔,知道如何在家裡教導孩子從小就認識神,而不是一味的擔心孩子的學習。
星期六
中國教會的青年牧養工作向來都不易,青年在無神論教育薰陶下,認識信仰的機會不多。少數參與教會聚會的青年也因學業沈重的關係而不能經常固定出席,其信仰根基並不穩固。中國教會不但是憂心會失去信徒的第二代,也因為現今嚴謹的宗教政策,無法向年輕人傳福音。求主感動信徒家長幫助兒女從小認識神,又祈求恩主祝福祂的教會,引領更多年輕人蒙恩得救。
星期日
在中國當教會不能辦兒童主日學時,一些受過基督教教育訓練的牧者便著手開展家長教育事工,教導父母如何幫助孩童在信仰上扎根。有些傳道人亦把幫助孩童建立基督教價值觀的服侍,轉化為引導初信職青在信仰上的尋索。求主帶領這群忠心的基督工人,在任何處境下都能運用恩賜牧養信徒、造就門徒;求主厚賜智慧給衆牧者,能以靈活有創意的方式與人分享不變的福音信息。
星期一
信徒家長為要幫助子女在激烈的升學競爭上贏得一席之地,又要顧及他們靈性的成長,以致承受巨大壓力。另外,同時新宗教政策也不許可孩子與青年人參加教會聚會,更令信徒家長少了教會的實質支援。中國教會是否將失去整代的年青人?求主加添我們的信心,賜給信徒家長有摩西父母的心志:「摩西生下來,他的父母見他是個俊美的孩子,就因著信,把他藏了三個月,並不怕王命。」 (來 11:23)

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