In Matthew 15:32-39, Jesus gives two powerful lessons to His disciples. Interestingly, in the middle of a large crowd (the multitude in verse 31) Jesus specifically called His disciples to Himself. It was a deliberate challenge and growth point for them and for us.
Firstly, Jesus said: "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me for three days and have nothing to eat." Jesus looked at the crowd and He had compassion on them. As we use this prayer material, that is the first challenge we face. As you read through the six previous sections, ask the Lord to give you "compassion" for one or more of the situations covered there.
We give thanks to the Lord that we have now passed our original target of printing one million Christian teaching books this year. Thank you so much to all who have prayed with us and supported AM-CCSM financially to enable this target to be reached.
Between 1999 and 2005, the total college intake in China increased fivefold. Today twenty-four out of 100 high school graduates go to college. In places like Beijing and Shanghai, almost every high school graduate has access to higher education.
"I used to work down in a mine shaft, which was both filthy and tiring. The work unit was especially demanding. Even though we worked overtime all the time, leave was not easily granted. Sometimes I had to work forty shifts in a row.
"They brought in a tiny baby, just 15 days old," the team member shared. "She had been lovingly dressed in several layers of clothing, then wrapped in several quilts along with a hot water bottle. She has a heart problem and her parents clearly couldn't afford to pay for the necessary treatment and care."
"It's so heartbreaking to see them worshipping, putting in so much effort, and all for nothing." That was the comment of one of our recent intercession team members following their visit to a Tibetan area in Northwest China.