Apr 17: China, People’s Republic, Shanxi Province, Sichuan Province, Tianjin Municipality

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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 

Prayercast

Answer to Prayer

Welcome changes in government and society in the last decade include another peaceful transition of power (this time to Hu Jintao), a series of fruitful economic reforms, pursuit of a socio-economically ideal “harmonious society”, intensified opposition to corruption and graft in politics and a shift toward more transparency – as evidenced in the proactive handling of H1N1 after the ill-advised response to SARS. Perhaps most significantly, China’s civil sector is being allowed to flourish and may usher in a new social conscience that rises from the people rather than being imposed upon them.

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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.


Shanxi Province

China

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Challenge for Prayer

The government maintains strict control over the TSPM Church here, and house churches are persecuted in waves. This heritage of persecution is longstanding; during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, thousands of Chinese (and 200 expatriates) were martyred for their faith. The religious freedom that does exist actually causes great anxiety, since new crackdowns can come at any time and without warning.

     For an additional 3 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 Shanxi Province.


Sichuan Province

China

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Challenge for Prayer

Sichuan has the lowest Christian percentage of the Han-majority provinces. The Catholics arrived in 1696, and LMS and CIM in 1868/81. But even with recent significant growth among Catholics and in house churches, no major breakthrough has been seen. Pray that the spiritual mountains that ring this province might be breached and millions turn to Christ.

     For an additional 3 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 Sichuan Province.


Tianjin Municipality

China

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Challenge for Prayer

The Church is almost as tightly controlled in Tianjin as in nearby Beijing, but church growth has been more limited. Catholics have fared better. Church leaders tend to be quite aged, and an injection of younger leadership is needed. Pray for an easing of the harsh restrictions, for more church growth and for a new generation of committed, trained leaders.

     For an additional Challenge 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 Tianjin Municipality.