IMB Missions Emphasis video
IMB Missions Emphasis video
We are so THANKFUL for those of you who have faithfully and regularly prayed for the people of Hunan! As the pioneer Missionary to inland China stated;
“You must go forward on your knees.”
We certainly believe that to be true, so in this month of Thanksgiving, we wish to express our sincere appreciation for the many times you have gone before the Most High with petitions on behalf of the people of Hunan, China!
November is often a busy month for many of you, with Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday ‘season’. However in Hunan, November really has no cultural celebrations or traditions. The 70 million people of Hunan largely went about their lives with almost no awareness of the Creator and the blessings that He has provided for them. Continue reading
Jishou is in the northwest of central China’s Hunan Province, at the eastern foot of Wuling Mountain. It is the capital of the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Nationalities Autonomous Prefecture. The tourism in this area strongly features the customs of the Miao ethnic group.
The Tujia and Miao ethnic minorities account for 85% of this area’s population and many of them still maintain their traditional ways. They have their own festivals and rituals held at set times to pray for blessings or to make sacrifices to their ancestors. Though they pray and offer sacrifices, they do not know the One who can answer their prayers and they offer their sacrifices in vain. Continue reading
China’s “National Day” was celebrated during the month of October. Think “4th of July” in America and add a Chinese twist, and that is basically what people all over Hunan and China celebrated during the first week of October.
The “People’s Republic of China” was founded on October 1, 1949 with a ceremony at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Since then, October 1st has been officially designated as China’s ‘National Day’. Continue reading
In the north of China’s south-central province of Hunan lies the lion-shaped city of Yiyang. The population of greater Yiyang is 4.5 million. The population inside the city proper is 1.3 million.
Yiyang’s history can be traced back 2000 years to the Qin Dynasty. Since it is located at the junction of the Zi River, the Yangtze River and Dongting Lake, water transport helped to quickly make it a booming town. As land transportation increased, Yiyang’s prosperity ended. Today Yiyang has a mostly agricultural economy, with rice, tea and bamboo being the key crops. Continue reading
Dear Prayer Partners,
We are so grateful for the many men and women of faith who have been consistently lifting up the people of Hunan, China in their prayers before God. We are convinced that a great movement of the Holy Spirit among the people of Hunan will not be the result of a planning meeting. Just as it was for Pentacost, it will be birthed in a prayer meeting! The men and women who responded to the gospel in September have been directly affected by the prayers of saints, offered up from all over the globe! Hallelujah!
On the 19th of September, people in Hunan and all over Asia, celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival (sometimes called the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival). During this holiday, the making and sharing of “mooncakes” is one of the hallmark traditions. In Chinese culture, a round shape symbolizes completeness and unity. Thus, the sharing of round mooncakes among family members signify the completeness and unity of families. Sadly, most of the 70 million people of Hunan are separated from their Heavenly Father because of their sin and have no idea how to restore this most important of relationships and bring true unity to their families.
There is a remnant in Hunan, small groups of Christ followers are scattered across the province. Continue reading
The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known by other names, such as:
Mid-Autumn Festival is a good opportunity for Chinese Christians to get to know the people living around them and to talk about their families with neighbors and friends. While talking about this, they can also tell them about the family they have been adopted into because of their relationship with their Heavenly Father. This is a special family which will last into eternity because of the hope they have in Jesus and their relationship with Him.
In the south-central province of Hunan lies the city of Zhuzhou (ju-joe). Zhuzhou, with its slightly more than one million people, is a key transportation hub for rail and highway in this part of China. As an industrial city, Zhuzhou’s skies are often gray and her river, the XiangJiang, is polluted. As pollution often hides the sun, sin covers peoples’ eyes and hides the Son, yet they don’t know it.
Zhuzhou is a mere one-hour drive from the capital city of Changsha. The city proper is densely populated, but just outside the city limits are vast rice fields. More and more people escape to the countryside for the weekends to get away from the stress of the city. Continue reading
In China’s south-central Hunan province lies the capital city of Changsha. This city occupies 4600 square miles in the east of Hunan and is home to approximately three million people. The outskirts of the city include another 3 million. Hunan, once dubbed the “Land of Rich and Fish (or “a land flowing with milk and honey”), is known for its agricultural produce. The people who live here are mostly Han Chinese.
Changsha has been important from the time of the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC) and even as early as AD 750-1100 Changsha was an important commercial city. It has been the capital city of Hunan since 1664. Changsha has been the site of many battles over the years, and was briefly occupied by the Japanese. Continue reading
Dear Prayer Partners,
August in Hunan was one of the hottest summers in recent memory. In fact, the temperatures stayed in the upper 90′s and lower 100′s the entire month! Because of the heat, the normal routines of life for many were interrupted as people tried to accomplish outside tasks early in the morning and late at night.
In city squares and urban park areas across the province, people gathered late into the night to socialize and escape the sufocating heat. Often the temperatures in people’s apartments remained stifling hot well into the evening, making it more comfortable to be outside than inside. This gave many of Hunan’s Christians an opportunity to interact with thousands of their neighbors and share about the hope and freedom that can be found in Jesus Christ. Continue reading