Day 17

AUGUST | 2023

China

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

God, you teach us that any bitter envy or selfish ambition that we harbor in our hearts does not come from You but is earthly and demonic. We pray for the Church in China to be free from bitter envy and selfish ambition. We also ask You to expose bitter envy and selfish ambition in the hearts of the authorities, officials, and leaders in the government. We ask You to humble this nation in the sight of the Lord. We ask You to intervene in the path it takes, and to lead this nation on the paths of righteousness, in Jesus’ mighty name (The Bible, James 3:14-15).

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
16
REFUGEES
301,519
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.3 yrs
LITERACY RATE
95.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
6.1%