Day 17

MAY | 2022

China

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

COVID-19 cases have surged again in China with millions of people living under strict lockdown restrictions. This has resulted in the closure of some factories, and the disruption of the transport of goods across the country towards ports. Rising costs of living around the world, the long-term impact of the pandemic, made worse by things like the war in Ukraine which drives prices up, even more, means some analysts are pointing toward a possible global recession. Pray for God’s power to be at work in China, in its government and leadership, and in its millions of people. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (The Bible, Revelation 1:8).

Source: Recession risks climb on China COVID lockdowns, Ukraine conflict and rising interest rates (ABC)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The world’s most populous country, China is also the world’s second-largest land area.  With a focus on nationalism, the Communist government tries to maintain social order by prohibiting large meetings and some social media sites. Mission organizations say that the church is the largest social force in China not controlled by the Communist Party. Authorities have continued their harshest crackdown on Christianity since the Cultural Revolution. Many expatriate Christian workers have had to leave as a result. Even the Bible is being “rewritten” to better reflect the government’s communist worldview.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Xi Jinping
HEAD OF GOV.
Premier Li Keqiang
POPULATION
1.36 billion
CHRISTIANS
7.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
6.3%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Non-Religious
PERSECUTION RANKING
17
REFUGEES
301,519
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.3 yrs
LITERACY RATE
95.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
6.1%