Category: China News

China's Relationship with India

China and India are two of the major regional powers in Asia. They are the two most populous countries and among the fastest growing major economies in the world. Growth in diplomatic and economic influence has increased the significance of their bilateral relationship. The modern relationship between China and India began in 1950 when India was among the first countries to end formal ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan) and recognise the People's Republic of China as the government of Mainland China.

But recent events have caused a recalibration between the two super-powers. The most obvious evidence of that is the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which is a notional demarcation line that separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory in the Sino-Indian border dispute. The issue is a massive one - the entire disputed Sino-Indian border including the western Line of Actual Control is 4,056 km long. In June of this year 20 Indian troops, including a commanding colonel, were killed in hand-to-hand combat between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley along the LAC. India and China have each now stationed tens of thousands of troops – backed by artillery, tanks and fighter jets – in the region since the June battle, despite several rounds of talks. Analysts say both sides are digging in for a long, hard winter showdown.

Following the Galwan Valley clash, there were renewed calls across India to boycott Chinese goods. On 29 June, the Indian government banned 59 widely-used Chinese mobile phone and desktop applications. On 19 August, Times of India reported that the ministry of external affairs of India has been told that visas for Chinese businessmen, academics, industry experts, and advocacy groups will need prior security clearance. That is a major change given China’s significant involvement in India’s technological and pharmaceutical companies. China can be expected to roll out reciprocal measures.

Additionally, India remains concerned about China's strong strategic bilateral relations with Pakistan, and China's funding of separatist groups in Northeast India, while China has expressed concerns about Indian military and economic activities in the disputed South China Sea.

India is now seeking closer security ties with other countries who are also wary of China’s growing military power. Some of the Indian government’s recent strategic decisions may be an indication of a wholesale policy change towards Beijing. For a long time, India tended to appease China by taking a  sensitive and cautious approach. Now India is considering stronger ties with the US. There was also a recent surprise announcement that India would expand its trilateral naval exercises with the United States and Japan to include Australia (the group of 4 nations known as the Quad). That action is unusual given Australia’s current highly confrontational relationship with China. It was also reported that India was holding high-level defence and diplomatic dialogue with the US.

Experts said “the winds of policy change might be blowing in New Delhi.”

(Sources: Wikipedia; South China Morning Post; ThePress)

Prayer Points

  • Pray for wisdom for both the Indian and Chinese leaderships in their handling of relationships with each other.
  • Pray for both of these great nations, India and China, to find a fruitful and productive role as superpowers, especially in the region.
  • Pray for the soldiers involved on both sides in the stand-off on the Line Of Actual Control, as they face very difficult conditions in the extreme cold of winter, that Christians amongst them might be able to bring their fellow soldiers to faith and hope in Jesus Christ.
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Textbook Lies

One of our China team members wrote these words to me recently: “Ross, I am really astonished at seeing these words.” She referred to text taken directly from a Mainland Chinese textbook entitled “Ethics And The Law”, issued to high school students. This book, sanctioned by at least a provincial education authority in China if not by a central authority, referred to John’s Gospel chapter 8. This passage of Scripture describes what happened when the Jewish religious authorities brought to Jesus a woman caught in adultery. They wanted her to be stoned to death and were testing Jesus. After Jesus had challenged them by inviting those who were without sin in their lives to pick up the first stone, one by one they left. Then the Scriptural record says: “And Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’”

However the Chinese textbook, claiming to be using the words of the Bible, writes these words as if they came from John chapter 8: ”When the others had departed, Jesus stoned the woman to death and said: I am also a sinner. If the law can only be executed by a man who has no sin in his life, then the law itself will die.”

The Chinese authorities have discussed the last few years a plan to "sinicize the Bible", “a process intended to shape religious traditions and doctrine to better conform with Chinese society and the Chinese Communist Party objectives”. We do not know if this is part of that approach or a separate perversion of the truth.

We should pray in four ways:

  1. Pray for those responsible for these blasphemous words. Such actions leave the writers in a very dangerous place before the Lord, and thus our attitude should be to cry out to Him for mercy on them. Revelation 22:18-19 says: “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Mark 9:42 is also relevant, given that the text book is written for young people: “And whosoever shall cause one of these little ones that believe on Me to stumble, it were better for him if a great millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.”
  2. Pray also for teachers and students who are Christians, that if they are involved in classes where these words are taught they might have courage and wisdom. Pray that they might be able to say that these are not the words of the Christian Bible.
  3. Pray also for students hearing these words, that they might be provoked into finding out what the Bible actually says rather than being deceived by these false words.
  4. Pray also that there should not be more examples of this kind of writing in Chinese textbooks.
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Confucius Institutes (CIs)

“Washington has required the centre that manages Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes (CIs) in the United States to register as a foreign mission, in a further sign of deteriorating bilateral relations.” (Reuters). According to the U.S. National Association of Scholars, there were 75 Confucius Institutes in the United States as of June, including 66 at colleges and universities. The second Confucius Institute worldwide was opened on the campus of the University of Maryland in November 2004. Worldwide, as of 2019, there are 530 Confucius Institutes in dozens of countries on six continents. The Chinese Ministry of Education estimates that 100 million people overseas were learning Chinese by 2010 and the program is expanding rapidly in order to keep up.

But Human Rights Watch said in its 2019 China report: "Confucius Institutes are extensions of the Chinese government that censor certain topics and perspectives in course materials on political grounds, and use hiring practices that take political loyalty into consideration."

The reason for the foreign mission registration given by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was that the Confucius Institute U.S. Center in Washington was “an entity advancing Beijing’s global propaganda and malign influence campaign on U.S. campuses.” Academic exchanges needed to take place without government intrusion, said David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia.

The action follows the decision by the U.S. State and Education Departments to employ stricter monitoring of the institutes, which have been criticized in Congress and elsewhere as “de facto propaganda arms of China’s Communist government.” “Arizona State and San Diego State are the latest in a string of universities in the US to close down their CIs in recent months. Similar closures have taken place in the UK, France, Sweden, and Denmark. Canada's New Brunswick province has also announced the removal of some Confucius programmes from its public schools.”

China rejects all this criticism, calling it “politicized and baseless". "A Chinese official added that the institutes were open and transparent, and observed local laws and university rules, adding that China reserved the right to take further action.” Beijing has also now abandoned its Confucius Institute brand, switching to a new look as a centre for “language exchange and cooperation.”

But Pompeo said that “the United States wants to ensure that students on U.S. campuses have access to Chinese language and cultural offerings free from the manipulation of the Chinese Communist Party and its proxies.”

Alex Joske, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, argues that completely disengaging with CIs may not be the right approach. “The government should work with universities to ensure they have effective internal mechanisms to resist foreign interference… Universities and the government should also seek to increase funding for Chinese-language programmes in order to reduce the appeal of Confucius Institutes and invest in greater expertise on China." (BBC)

Sources: Reuters, Wikipedia, BBC.

Pray that students in the USA and other nations would have opportunity to learn Chinese language and culture free from political influence.

Pray for the resolution of this issue between the US government (and other governments) with the Confucius Institutes and the Chinese government.

Pray that the Holy Spirit would be active amongst Confucius Institute staff and teachers, so that some would take advantage of their US and other locations to find the Lord Jesus personally.

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Chinese Students in the West

Over the past two decades, the number of students leaving mainland China to study abroad increased from 39,000 in 2000 to 662,100 in 2018. Chinese students form a large share of international students in many countries including the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom (East Asia Forum). Among these are nearly 370,000 Chinese students in the U.S. Apart from the immediate educational impact on these students, it is also an extremely important income stream for Western universities, indeed the financial stability of some of them could be threatened if there is a severe change of direction. But there is one area of high importance to Christians, which is that significant numbers of these students have found faith in the Lord Jesus during their time overseas.

But in the “new normal” (or non-normal) of the Covid-19 era, that trend may be about to change. “A British Council survey of 11,000 Chinese students over March–April 2020 found that 13 per cent were unlikely to return to study overseas, 22 per cent were likely to cancel their study plans and 39 per cent were undecided.”

One reason is whether the Chinese Middle Class will be able to pay high level student fees at foreign universities with the post Covid-19 economic slowdown.

Another compounding factor is that the Trump administration ordered that “international students who are pursuing degrees in the USA will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities have on-line courses”. Some schools, including Harvard and the University of Southern California, are opting for online-only instruction. More recently that US government order was reversed, but the situation is not clear.

At the same time the battle over China’s Confucius Institutes has not helped. “A US bipartisan report in 2019 blasted Confucius Institutes at more than 100 US universities as too strictly controlled by China and a threat to academic freedom.” In 2018 there were 548 institutes and nearly 2,000 Confucius classrooms in 154 countries, most of them at foreign universities or institutions. Beijing is now abandoning its Confucius Institute brand after a global backlash over censorship, switching to a new look as a centre for “language exchange and cooperation”. But in the current climate suspicions are high regarding China’s attempts to influence education and government in Western nations.

Then there is the fallout from the Hong Kong situation and other China-related issues. POST Magazine spoke of New York’s 2,300 Chinese students who attend the University of Rochester, 19 per cent of its student body. “Tunnel wars” broke out, with Chinese students of different political loyalties “using the university tunnels, which were built to allow warm passage between buildings during frigid winters, as a focal point for campus political discourse, and over the preceding few months the discourse has been ugly.”

Pray for wisdom for Western leaders in dealing with student visas from China and other lands in a very complex and hostile new world order.

Pray for the Lord to be working in the hearts and minds of Chinese students in a new way.

Pray for the Chrstian ministries that seek to reach out to Chinese students, to care for them and win them to Christ.

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Rich State, Poor People

The extraordinary growth of China's economy over the last 30 years is a well-known story. China's is the 2nd strongest economy in the world, behind only the United States. Over the last number of years China's economy has overtaken Germany, France, the UK and many others.

But that statement about China’s economy is not a simple one. The South China Morning Post stated on June 15th that “China confirms more than 40 per cent of the population survived on just US$141 per month in 2019… Last year, the bottom 40 per cent of Chinese households ranked by income, totalling more than 600 million people, had a annual per capita disposable income of 11,485 yuan (US$1,621) which means $141 per month. The data confirmed the surprising claim made by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the end of the National People’s Congress in May 2020.”

The expression “rich state, poor people” means that the nation itself is extremely strong economically, but that many of its citizens are not, they are in fact poor. That is what Premier Li was referring to in his statement about the lower 40% of the population. This poverty could expand further in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak as the virus hit low-income groups including self-employed business owners and migrant workers particularly hard. Given the very troubled economic conditions this year, for the first time in decades in the first quarter of 2020 China did not set a GDP growth target for 2020 and its economy contracted. So China is rich, but its poor are very poor, and this year getting poorer.

According to the World Bank, there is some improvement. in 2018 China’s average personal income (including rich and poor) was US$9460 or monthly $788, which put China at 46th in the world, behind for example Croatia and Chile. But if that is the average, then the poor averaged against the rich are very poor. Hence the figures given by Premier Li quoted above.

There has been a nationwide attempt to lift all of China's 1.4 billion people out of poverty by 2020 -- a goal which President Xi Jinping set in a speech in 2015. But that certainly will not happen in 2020, given the internal and the external impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Add to that the trade war with the United States and it can be seen that 2020 is the worst of years for that kind of target.

These factors lead to an obvious conclusion, which is that the development of China's internal economy is a very critical issue. The target must be that more and more low-income and lower than middle-income groups will be converted into middle-income families. That is no easy task in 2020.

(Source: South China Morning Post)

Pray for wisdom for the Chinese government, that they would adopt policies that help the nation’s poorest 40% of people to experience economic growth in the years to come.

Pray for the issues that impact economic growth for the poor, such as the rising price of pork, floods that have affected many regions of the country in one way or another and other factors.

Pray for the church in China to have a voice to the poor in this very difficult situation, particularly as some Chinese believers probably fall into the lower 40% of China’s income group.

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A Son Missing For 32 Years

Mao Yin was stolen on 17 October 1988, while his father, Mao Zhenjing, was bringing him home from nursery in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province. The boy asked for a drink of water, so they stopped in the entrance of a hotel. The father looked away briefly, and the boy was taken. He was 2 years old, born on 23 February, 1986. According to his mother, at that time he was a “very clever, cute, and healthy” baby.

The family searched in and around Xian, putting up posters. Then they expanded the search. Mrs Li quit her job to search for her son – handing out some 100,000 flyers in more than 10 provinces and municipalities – all without success. Over the years she appeared on numerous Chinese television shows to appeal for help, including The X Factor.

In 2007, Mrs Li started volunteering with a group called “Baby Come Back Home”, to help other parents look for their missing children. Reports say she helped reunite 29 children with their families.

In April police received a tip about a man from Sichuan Province in south-west China - about 1,000km from Xian – who had adopted a baby years earlier. Police found the adoptee, now a 34-year-old man, and a DNA test came back positive. Police said he had been sold as a boy to a childless couple for 6,000 yuan. The family were reunited in May. The son – now aged 34 and running a home decoration business - said he planned to spend time with his parents. He said he was not sure about the future.

Child stealing is a major problem in China. There are no official figures, but on the website of “Baby Come Back Home” there were 14,893 posts looking for missing boys, and 7,411 looking for girls. In May 2016, the Ministry of Public Security launched a system called “Reunion”, which by June 2019 had led to more than 4,000 children finding their families.

It is a powerful story in itself. But it is also a parable of the way in which our heavenly Father passionately seeks for His lost children in China, some who have wandered away, some blinded by the devil. In recent years multitudes of Chinese have found their Heavenly Father through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and the work of the Holy Spirit in drawing men and women to Christ. God seeks the lost in every part of China today.

But as in the parable of Jesus in Luke 15, the elder son (vv25-32) is angry at the love of the Father. Recent footage showed a house church in Xiamen being raided by security police as the children of believers cried out in fear at the threats they faced. The cross of a century-old church in Anhui’s capital city of Hefei was forcibly removed on the evening of April 27, 2020.

Source: South China Morning Post

Pray for the work of parents and of government agencies as they hunt for these stolen children. Pray that many would be found.

Pray for children recently stolen, living in fear, and for those who steal them, that they might repent or be discovered.

Pray for many, many Chinese to find their way home to their heavenly Father, to be restored to Him as Mao Yin was to his father and mother.

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Churches Under Lockdown In China

ChinaSource recently reached out to three church leaders in China, asking them to reflect on their experiences of “doing church” in the midst of the health crisis and quarantine. These are some of the many thoughts they shared:

Prayer. Churches came together to ask for 3 days of prayer and fasting at the height of the Wuhan crisis, obviously by on-line means. “Let’s come together with one heart and mind to pray for Wuhan, for China, and for the world.” “It is the early rain in the drought. Churches in China are very engaged in prayer these days (by online methods).”

Unity. “One of the greatest lifelines for me has been our citywide pastor’s network. We officially meet for prayer monthly, and this has continued online during the past two months. However, what has been especially helpful is our organic, sharing of notes, ideas, policies, etc. I appreciated so much the lack of territorialism or competition – the virus has only increased our ‘same team’ mindset.”

“We may have friends or find people in need through the internet who are impossible for us to pay in-person visits. We can probably invite a church closer to them to reach out.”

Training. “The crisis has also helped us identify potential leaders and cultivate discipleship ministry.” “In my opinion, online is not the best platform for evangelism. It is, however, great for training and mentoring, particularly for people with whom there is already a relationship.”

Online Meetings. “In our case, the senior pastor preaches online every Sunday and does training for the fellowship and small group leaders to equip them to reach out on behalf of the church.”

“We promised to meet people online in different forms, such as streaming simplified Sunday services, small groups, and fellowships. Thanks to the Lord for His creation of the internet that allows people to continue to engage with and encourage one another. It’s also been vital for lay leaders in using various forms of online media to take responsibility for caring for brothers and sisters.”

Giving. “One of the by-products of this experience has been that people are tithing more!”

Change: “Although the pandemic has slowed down, it has encouraged many Christians to ponder the question of why we have to face this challenge. Perhaps the Lord is determined to transform our way of life so that we will turn away from evil and back to Him.”

Evangelism. “Pray for gospel advancement. The goal is not survival, but that the crisis would allow the gospel to be implanted in a broader number of people.”

Pastoral work. “We’ve organised a ‘touch-base initiative', where the pastoral team touches base via social media with five people a day. It has been remarkable how it has opened up opportunities for conversation and prayer, and even led to giving to the church, since all of that has been done online as well.”

Source: “Salt in the Soup”. ChinaSource. Narci Herr

Prayer:

Take one or two of the areas mentioned above and pray that the Lord would apply those lessons to the churches in your country.

Pray for the churches in China as they emerge from the lock-down, that they might hold on to what the Lord said to them in the crisis and also know how to function as China slowly opens up.

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The Wrong Topic

Matthew 24:37-41 gives a stark warning. “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

Those verses have a powerful application to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are perhaps two major Corona topics in the media. The first is the extent of the pandemic, and its likely future direction. Thus South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain and indeed Europe in general are the focus of attention and research at the time of writing. The second topic is that of the source of the virus, and here conspiracy theories flourish. Some point out the danger of the eating habits in the Wuhan markets, or to the proximity of China’s biological weapons facility in Wuhan. Chinese diplomats’ and others on the other hand are spreading theories that US troops brought the contagion to Wuhan last year.

Yet not many people, especially in the media, are asking the most important question: “What are You saying, Lord?” One praying friend felt the Lord said this to him: "I'm bringing mankind back to Me to show him his inadequacies.   I'm showing him that I am in control as Creator and not him.  I'm showing him the inadequacies of possessions - especially money.  I'm showing him that the important things in life are provided by My Creation - relationships (family); fresh air (environment), simplicity of life (slower paced lives).  I'm showing him that human knowledge and wisdom are inadequate when I move. What more does man require to show him his need to return to and acknowledge Me as Creator God?”

Those words are those of one spiritual brother. At the very least it is our responsibility to do what he did, and seek for the word of the Lord in this situation. But equally important is the need for men and women to even see the relevance and possibility of the Lord speaking today; that the lost world around us, including ourselves, would see the need to hear and respond to what the Lord is saying. Otherwise our generation will be like those in the days of Noah who “knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.” How dangerous that the men and women around us are constantly talking about the coronavirus, yet will not discuss the one topic that is most important – what is God saying to us today?

Pray that amongst those with a voice that is heard in the media there would be those who raise the issue of what the Lord is saying to our generation.

Pray for a humbling of the leaders in the east and the west to see the need to go beyond their own wisdom and solutions.

Pray for the multitude of overworked medical workers in the lands most impacted by the virus. Pray that the Lord in His mercy would grant a medical solution to the virus.

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What Is The Lord Saying To The Chinese Church?

What Is The Lord Saying To The Chinese Church?

It is obvious to any who pray regularly for China that this is a difficult winter season for the church in China. There are two very harsh winds of suffering that our brothers and sisters in China face. The first is the impact of the coronavirus, especially on cities that are closed down, such as Wuhan or Wenzhou (at the time of writing) The second chill wind on the church is the intense crackdown by the Chinese authorities on the Christian church in China, one that has been continuing for several years, and has become even stricter in 2020. “In addition to widespread control of all community activities, the new measures in Febuary 2020 require religious personnel to support, promote and implement total submission to the Chinese Communist Party among all members of their communities.” (Professor Yang Fenggang, of Purdue University).

In an article entitled "Persecution: A Dangerous Opportunity For The Church In China?", Chen Jing (a pseudonym) sought to analyse what the Lord is saying in this difficult season. He says that a few years ago, when "Chinese churches were eager to learn from churches in the West and Korea, mega-churches in America and Korea became the dream, or model, for many urban churches in China.” It was argued that “the traditional house church model was increasingly no longer able to meet the needs of churches in 21st-century China.” Though some house church leaders "called the church to get out of the bubble of optimism and triumphalism and to prepare for an imminent crackdown from the government by dividing large congregations into smaller ones", they were generally, if not ignored, at least not heard.

But the current pressures have encouraged some leaders to "explore a truly genuine, sustainable, Chinese church model." One possible version of that would be the “tuan dui” (团队), "which is neither a large, single mega-congregation nor a denomination, but rather a web or family of many smaller house churches. This is a genuinely indigenous Chinese phenomenon.” Amongst house churches forced by persecution from the Chinese authorities to divide into smaller congregations, there is "a growing appreciation of the early church’s emphasis on discipleship rather than numbers and size." Thus "some Chinese church leaders are calling for the development of indigenous cell group theory and practice in their unique social context.”

Chen Jing also emphasises another requirement, which he regards as extremely significant: “The Chinese church’s re-appreciation or recovery of the Chinese house church trademark spirit of suffering and bearing the cross for Christ." The "triumphal spirit and complacent attitude" of recent years will be replaced by a "witness for Christ with humility, servanthood and sacrifice." Tellingly, Chen emphasises that "as Chinese churches are joining global missions, they need to bring this spirit with them.”

Chen concludes with this comment: "Can the current persecution be an opportunity as well as a danger to the church in China? I think we should be confident at this point to say ‘yes'. This happened in Biblical times and it's happening to the church in China of the 21st-century too."

Prayer topics:

  • Pray for Chinese church leaders on every level to have the time and space to wait on the Lord, and to hear what He is saying in this difficult season.
  • Pray for those leaders who are discouraged by the pressures that they face, that they would find new encouragement and strength to press on with the Lord Jesus.

Chen writes "we should show our solidarity with the Chinese church in their resistance and protest against and just pressure and crack-downs.” Ask the Lord to show you how He would have you follow that injunction, beginning especially with urgent prayer.

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Drones And Prayers

The BBC recently carried a report from a Chinese newspaper headline that read: “China rewards fishers who netted foreign spy devices.” The story spoke of these fishing people hauling in an unusual catch. And more than one fisherman - the article spoke of 11 of them. What was the catch? It was underwater drones - seven devices in total. And this was not for the first time. Fishermen from Jiangsu had found “spy drones” in 2018, when some 18 fishermen were rewarded for finding 9 devices. The reward for each drone was up to $500,000 yuan (US$72,000) - around 17 times the average disposable income in China.

Why Jiangsu? It faces Japan and South Korea. An expert commented that they probably came from “the US Navy, the Japan Self-Defence Forces, or potentially Taiwan”. Other sources say that underwater drones can be used for tracking submarines from other navies, looking for and dealing with underwater bombs; deploying surveillance equipment and monitoring “undersea infrastructure”, such as communication cables. As such the underwater drones can be deployed for “months” and are “cheap enough to be considered expendable”. China itself had one of its own underwater drones caught by Indonesian fishermen a few months ago.

Such reports speak of military activities of which we, as ordinary citizens, know nothing. They are secret, known only to military and presumably political leaders. They are hidden activities.

Yet the praying Christian also has a hidden device of huge power - prayer. Derek Prince described intercession as an intercontinental ballistic missile - designed not to bring death, but to bring life; not destruction, but to build the kingdom of God. Prayer may be hidden, in the secret place, but its results are not.

History proves the power of intercession. During the second World War, God raised up in the UK an intercessor names Rees Howells. As news of Hitler’s advance came over the radio and in the newspapers each day, Rees and his company of intercessors would press into prayer for God’s purposes to prevail. “UK Royal Air Force pilots were outnumbered four to one at the beginning of the Battle of Britain. On all accounts, it should have been a losing battle. However, when the Nazi advance was mysteriously turned away when all hope seemed lost, Winston Churchill famously said of the small group of pilots who had maintained air supremacy: ‘Never has so much been owed by so many to so few’.” Actually the full debt was owed to the intercessors and the Lord who heard their prayers.

Rees Howells summed it up as follows: “I want to know that the Holy Spirit is stronger than the devil in the Nazi system. This is the battle of the ages, and victory here means victory for millions of people.”

With the crises in our world today mounting, (not the least with the coronavirus, trade tariffs, dangerous international relationships and much more) surely this is a time for Christians not to go fishing for hidden underwater drones but to flock to the place of power, the place of intercession. Please use this prayer letter as fuel for your prayers.

Pray that the Lord would raise up many labourers in the field of intercession.

Pray that the Lord would show you for what He wants you specifically to intercede.

Pray that leaders of the nations would be impacted by prayer in the choices they make.

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