"Today I heard a programme mentioning that the decline of children's academic performance is caused by family problems. I think of many problems that arise when children are left behind in our country. I remember an interview in which a left-behind child said his parents had gone to work in other places and he was afraid of being abandoned by his parents. The child added that he was scared while he was sleeping at night. So he cried under his quilt alone. This case really makes me feel sick, especially as I myself have become a parent recently. I understand that a child needs to be connected closely with his parents very much. That is also my personal experience. Please pray for those who need mercy, both physically and psychologically in our country."
"What a wonderful ministry adventure it was to be part of this trip! I loved the variety of ministries we were presented with. It was an eye opener to see the diversity and innovativeness of so many gifted people, serving God in their own way and according to their own gifts. It would be hard to speak of highs and lows, because each part was so different, so special, so interesting - from the farm project to the children's work, to the language school, to the university work. It was all so fascinating and challenging. Thank you, Lord, and thank you AM-CCSM for the adventure."
After 25 years of serving the church in China, we at AM-CCSM are delighted to continue to provide much-needed Christian teaching materials. During 2011, we printed and distributed one million Christian teaching books in China. That total included thirty-nine different titles. We also distributed 13,200 sets of the ‘Unlocking the Bible' DVDs and five thousand sets of a new series by David Pawson called ‘The Five Covenants of Scripture'.
The article in China Source quoted above continues with a description of some of the challenges currently facing the church in China. The writer believes that the problems listed below are having the greatest impact on the development of the church and are thus important areas for our prayers:
A recent article in China Source by a former government political analyst discusses the enormous changes that are taking place in Christianity in China today. As a new year begins in China, we share here some of the positive developments that this analyst has noted:
"Today's China is a bullet-train racing through a thunderstorm - and we are all passengers on board," wrote one Chinese blogger, following last year's major train crash. The blogger was describing the breakneck speed at which China is developing economically.