Selwyn Hughes quotes Joseph M. Stowell as saying that the primal call of authentic Christianity is to follow Jesus. He adds: “He [Jesus] is looking for followers. So He turns again today, looks over His shoulder at us, and calls out as He did on Galilee’s shore: ‘Come on … follow Me.’”
Can you get the word out about the opportunities to serve in China? We have exciting short- and long-term opportunities to bring the message of the Gospel to China, but so far this year applications are very limited.
An official from China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission recently blamed environmental pollution for an alarming rise in the number of babies with birth defects. An earlier report said that the rate of defects had risen 40% between 2001 and 2006 – from 104.9 to 145.5 per 10,000 births.
Chinese students seeking for life’s meaning are not just to be found in China. Thousands of young people are now leaving China in order to study at universities and colleges overseas.
A survey of college students (quoted in ‘Pray for China’) on “What would make you consider committing suicide?” revealed the following saddening statistics:
Thank you for your prayers for the get-together for our China-based co-workers that took place in February. It was a special time, described by one participant as “a great time of fellowship, teaching, refreshment and relaxation.”
In January, China's exports were down 17.5% from a year earlier, marking the biggest drop in more than 10 years. Imports were down 43.1%. "The numbers are terrible. The environment is awful," said Ken Peng, an economist at Citigroup. "The pressure on unemployment will be huge" (BBC).