Nine months into 2009 and we are delighted to report that 795,000 copies of our Christian teaching books have been printed in China so far this year.
Earlier this year, a top family planning official described overpopulation as "one of China's primary problems" and said that if China had not implemented the one-child policy, the total population would now have passed 1.7 billion. The current population is estimated to be 1.328 billion.
In July 2009, 6.1 million people graduated from university in China. "Because of the financial crisis the outlook is not that good," said graduate Zhang Hai, who was looking for work in Beijing. "There are not that many jobs, but lots of students looking for work so obviously there's a lot of competition" (BBC).
A recent article from the BBC introduced a family living in a village about 200km from Shanghai. The mother works in a factory; the father is a security guard. Between them they earn less than US$10 per day. Each month about half their income goes on food. Most of the rest is spent on other necessities like clothing or utility bills.
"What can I do each day to be near to God?" a young university student recently asked one of our co-workers. He had heard the Gospel shortly beforehand, but wasn't really sure how to put that into practice.