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Pray for China as the World Focuses Attention
on this Huge Country for the OLYMPICS in 2008.
The Facade Being Seen Is Not the True China!
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Ten Largest Countries in Population
There are approximately 226 inhabited countries and territories in the
world. China is the most populous nation with 1/5 of the world's people.
About half the world's people live in the first six largest countries listed
below. Data as of 3/2008. s= http://www.wholesomewords.org/missions/greatc.html
Maps from http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/geo/geo.htm
is located in eastern Asia. Today it occupies approximately 9.6
million square kilometers (3.7 million square miles), or nearly one quarter of
Asia's land, making it almost as large as the whole of Europe. From north to
south, China extends 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles), from west to east, 5,200
kilometers (3,100 miles).
Interest in China
Our interest in China has been sparked by the sheer numbers of people
dwelling in its borders, and the Gospel command to "go into all the
world" given by Jesus Christ.
We have been amazed by the quantity and quality of missionaries
who have gone to China.
Even TV shows have exposed the
plight of Christians in China.
It is truly amazing to us to see God's love as He has poured it out on these
masses of people. And whatever He does prospers. (Is 55:6-11)
100 Million Christians in China?
estimates The Christians to be more like 100 million instead of the 70 million
figure mentioned in the videos made in 2003 above. Christianity is seemingly
un-crushable in China after multi-generational efforts to eradicate it have
completely failed by socialistic governments.
August 7, 2007:
Christianity finds a fulcrum in Asia
Ten thousand Chinese become Christians each day,
according to a stunning report by the National Catholic Reporter's veteran
correspondent John Allen, and 200 million Chinese may comprise the world's
largest concentration of Christians by mid-century, and the largest missionary
force in history.  If you read a single news article about China this year,
make sure it is this one.
I suspect that even the most enthusiastic accounts err on the downside, and
that Christianity will have become a Sino-centric religion two generations
from now. China may be for the 21st century what Europe was during the
8th-11th centuries, and America has been during the past 200 years: the
natural ground for mass evangelization. If this occurs, the world will change
beyond our capacity to recognize it. Islam might defeat the western Europeans,
simply by replacing their diminishing numbers with immigrants, but it will
crumble beneath the challenge from the East.
China, devoured by hunger so many times in its history, now feels a spiritual
hunger beneath the neon exterior of its suddenly great cities. Four hundred
million Chinese on the prosperous coast have moved from poverty to affluence
in a single generation, and 10 million to 15 million new migrants come from
the countryside each year, the greatest movement of people in history. Despite
a government stance that hovers somewhere between discouragement and
persecution, more than 100 million of them have embraced a faith that regards
this life as mere preparation for the next world. Given the immense effort the
Chinese have devoted to achieving a tolerable life in the present world, this
may seem anomalous. On the contrary: it is the great migration of peoples that
prepares the ground for Christianity, just as it did during the barbarian
invasions of Europe during the Middle Ages.
Their concluding paragraph states [emphasis added]:
China's network of house churches may turn out to
be the leaven of democracy, like the radical Puritans of England who became
the Congregationalists of New England. Freedom of worship is the first
precondition for democracy, for it makes possible freedom of conscience.
The fearless evangelists at the grassroots of China will, in the fullness of
time, do more to bring US-style democracy to the world than all the
nation-building bluster of President George W Bush and his advisers.