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China, Macau

Special Administrative Region of China

Asia

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Geography

Area: 29 sq km

A tiny peninsula and two islands 64 km west of Hong Kong on the coast of Guangdong Province of China.

Population: 547,591    Annual Growth: 2.35%

Capital: Macau

Urbanites: 100%

Peoples

Peoples: 12 (33% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Chinese and Portuguese. The majority (86%) speak Cantonese, but Mandarin is also widely spoken

Religion

Largest Religion: Chinese

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians29,2965.350.7
Evangelicals8,5271.63.2
Chinese339,56162.01 

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Answer to Prayer

Challenge for Prayer

Macau’s reputation as a “City of Sin” is well founded; gambling revenues here surpass even those of Las Vegas and are still growing. The government regulates the industry, and local owners control a majority share with large foreign investors also present; the historic association with Triad influence is much less than in the past. Pray about the following:

a) Materialism and greed are the harvests reaped from this seed. Such an environment strangles spirituality as testified to by tiny churches but burgeoning casinos, the cathedrals of mammon.

b) Gambling is a religion that takes much and gives little. Addiction and desperation are epidemics taking on a massive scale. The Church has largely failed to minister to gambling addicts, but groups such as the Macau Evangelical Church, Industrial Evangelical Fellowship and Horizon Christian Fellowship are beginning to address this.

c) Prostitution and substance abuse are natural parasites of the gambling industry. Most sex workers are trafficked in, often against their will, from the mainland or other Southeast Asian countries. Rahab Ministries reaches out to mainland women involved in prostitution in Macau. Pray for this ministry and for more such groups to reach out to these at-risk people.

d) Lucrative salaries in casinos encourage young people and Christians to seek employment there at the expense of university education or involvement in church or the community. Pray for viable work alternatives to the gambling industry.

     For an additional 4 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 China, Macau.