Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Free Video Download and Prayer Guide to Help You Pray for China during the Olympics

In just a few weeks—on August 8th, 2008—the Olympics will begin in China. It's a strategic opportunity for Believers all over the world to pray for China.The church in China has experienced incredible growth in the past 30 years. Yet at the same time Chinese Believers have faced much suffering and persecution; in some cases they have even lost their lives for their faith.While officially tolerating religion, the Chinese government has done much to control and restrict the growth of Christianity. Over the past 12 months leading up to the Olympics, the pressure has intensified. Visas for foreign workers have also been cancelled and greater restrictions imposed on tourist visas. Despite this, thousands of Christians will be working in creative ways to share the message of God's love through their actions and attitudes during the Olympics.During the same period, we would love to see tens of thousands of Christians around the world praying that God's Kingdom purposes would be established in China. Can you and your church join in bringing this flood of prayer before God's throne? We have materials ready for you, which you can download at www.am-ccsm.org/olympics:
• An Olympic Prayer Guide (in English, Spanish, German, simplified Chinese, and traditional Chinese)
• A 4-minute and 6-minute Olympic Prayer Video (in low, or hi-resolution)
Here are 3 ways you can help:
First, join with churches around the world to pray for three minutes during your normal service on Sunday, August 3. You can show the 3-minute video, which features short messages from a Chinese pastor and a past Australian Olympic athlete. After watching the video, you can spend 3 minutes praying for China with the help of the Olympic Prayer Guide. Second, copy the Olympic Prayer Guide for each member of your congregation and include it with your church bulletin. Rather than just being spectators to the various Olympic events, encourage people to participate in God's agenda by keeping the prayer sheet close to the television and spending time praying during the commercial breaks.
Third, organize a combined churches prayer meeting some time during the week leading up to the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8.
The people of China need our prayers at this important time in history. Let's stand with them.
Source: Australian Director - Chinese Church Support Ministries
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