Apr 11: China, People’s Republic, Hubei Province, Hunan Province

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China

People's Republic of China

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Geography

Area: 9,573,000 sq km

The third-largest state in the world, also containing the highest mountains and plateaus in the world. The climate and geography are extremely diverse, ranging from tropical in the south to sub-arctic in the north, from a highly industrialized and modern eastern seaboard to sparsely populated western deserts and mountain ranges. Hong Kong and Macau are integral parts of China, though their statistics are not included here; Taiwan’s status is debated. These three are handled separately.

Population: 1,330,584,783    Annual Growth: 0.63%

Capital: Beijing

Urbanites: 44.9%

HDI Rank: 92 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 516 (83% unreached) All peoples
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Official language: Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese); local languages in the five Autonomous Regions. 15 regional mega-languages. There are an estimated 600 different spoken Han dialects, but one written language common to all    Languages: 296 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Non-religious

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians105,382,3157.922.7
Evangelicals75,399,2705.72.9
Non-religious590,247,41044.36 

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Answer to Prayer

The faith and commitment of Christians under what may have been the harshest and most widespread persecution of the Church in all history. Persecution and suffering refined the Church and shaped it to withstand successive waves of repression and government efforts to weaken or destroy it. God, powerfully working through the unwitting atheist rulers of China, cleared spiritual roadblocks for the advancement of Christianity through Mao Zedong; freed up the economy and gave more freedom to Christians through Deng; and, through Hu Jintao, God guided China to new levels of interconnectedness with the rest of the world, strengthening the link between the Chinese Church and the worldwide body of Christ.

     For an additional 8 Answers to Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of China.


Hubei Province

China

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Challenge for Prayer

      The registered Church grew considerably before 1949, but since then has not matched the growth of many other areas. Authorities maintain a tight control, especially over the cities, so registered churches are relatively few. In the capital, Wuhan, each main TSPM church must serve 10,000 members. Pray for a shattering of the political, ideological and spiritual chains that bind the people.

     For an additional 2 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Hubei Province.


Hunan Province

China

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Challenge for Prayer

The less evangelized:

a) Changsha, the capital, is where Mao converted to communism – and where Hudson Taylor died and is buried. Its people were notoriously closed to foreign influences such as Christianity. It has perhaps 50,000 Christians out of a metropolitan area population of over six million, most growth resulting from house church evangelists from other parts of China. Rural areas of Hunan have proven much more responsive.

b) The Tujia are one of the larger peoples in the world without a written language, and therefore, none of the Bible. About 2.0% of Tujia are Christian. The majority are animists with particular reverence for white tigers.

c) Other peoples. There are no known believers among the Wunai and Mozhihei. The Iu Mien, Dong and Hmu have tiny minorities of Christians, while the small Uyghur and Hui enclaves also have no known believers or outreach. The Ghao-Xong are marginally reached with 5,000 Catholics.

     For an additional 2 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Hunan Province.