The notice banning Christmas
The notice banning Christmas
Dec. 21, 2017 | China

University Bans Christmas as "Western Religious Culture"

[250] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Christians celebrating Christmas.

The Communist Youth League at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, in northeastern China, published a notice recently prohibiting student associations from holding Christmas celebrations. The notice, intended to “build cultural confidence” and resist the corroding influence of Western religious culture, warned young people against being “blindly excited by Western holidays like Christmas.” The city of Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province, also banned all Christmas activities in schools and kindergartens. In 2015, the city of Wenzhou required churches to remove crosses from their buildings. Many in China are concerned about increasing restrictions on religious activity under president Xi Jinping. Pray that God will prepare Chinese believers for whatever they may face in coming months.

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  • Ps 23 thank you Father for these young believers; be their Shepherd so they shall not want; make them lie down in Green pastures, lead them beside still Waters, restore their souls, lead them in paths of righteousness for Your name's sake. Though they walk through the valley of the shadow of death may they fear no evil knowing you are with them
    Julie C - USA
  • Soon It will be Christmas agen. Please help all Christians in China and let them have peaceful and merry Christmas with You. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Father I pray for Churches in China to grow physically and spiritually and to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ despite all threats and persecutions. May more Christians be added to their number. May the light of Christ shine on them that non believers may notice the difference and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in Jesus Name
    Sipho S - South Africa
  • Dear Jesus, give the Christians courage and strength and joy even in this horrible time of trial! Bring many to come to know You because of the boldness and joy of the Christians!
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Lord, I thank you for the bold witness and faith of my brothers and sisters in China, I pray that you prepare their hearts for whatever persecution may be coming their way. May they feel your loving presence and also know that you hold the ultimate victory. Jeff F.
    Jeff F - USA
  • As Chinese culture becomes more hostile to the things of Christ, strengthen Your Church. Prepare believers for increased pressure and persecution. Use them to be a light in the land of China, returning good for evil, and blessing those who curse them. Grant them boldness with the message of the gospel and humility in their personal relationships.
    Antoinette D - USA
  • Father God You hold the future in Your hands, let no weapon formed against the church prosper and every tongue that rises against it be condemned. Give the saints courage to stand in faith and hold fast to the knowledge that You are with them. It doesn't matter whose in control, for ultimately it is You. Comfort and give them peace, In Jesus name.
    Norma C - USA
  • Lord, I thank You that the church will continue to grow in China. I pray that Chinese believers will know that as well.
    Scott B - USA
  • Lord please prepare our christian brothers and sisters. Please strengthen their faith, increase their love and give them perspective. Please let them stand strong together. That they will encourage eachother to not love their own lives unto death! Just like You did Jesus!
    Piet K - Netherlands
  • Glorious Father, I pray for all beleivers in China that you will protect them and anoint them to stand strong for you. I pray that you will save the souls of all people of China. Cause them all to see you are real and offer the true salvation. Pam F - USA
    Pamela F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I pray Christians across China will not be defeated by the attacks of those who are ignorant, but will remain strengthened in the Faith. I pray for those who live in darkness, that their eyes might be opened to see enough to make them curious, in the hope that they will realize that they need You. In Yeshua’s name, Amen.
    Michelle B - USA
  • Dear Lord, help those who are blind to the Truth to see the Truth. May they see that Christmas is, indeed, the birth of Jesus Christ. Take the blinders off, and may millions of Chinese realize that You are the only true God. Loosen the restrictions placed on Christians, and please protect them from further persecution. In Jesus' name, amen.
    Tricia G - USA
  • Holy Spirit I pray that your power flow through these faithful believers and that they find boldness to share the truth of Christmas with all who have ears to hear! Grant them joy regardless of the consequences they may face for your sons name and may their radiance through these difficult times be a testimony of your great love! Amen.
    Ingrid V - USA
  • Father, prepare Christian believers for whatever they may face in the coming months.give them courage and peace.
    Darlene E - USA
  • Lord God, persecution many times proceeds revival. May it be so in this Pharmaceutical University, in Wenzhou, in Zhejian province & throughout China. Move the heart of president Xi Jinping to salvation. Prepare all Chinese believers for whatever they may face, now or in the future. Reap a harvest in China, for your honor and glory alone.
  • Lord, as you instruct us to do, I bind the spirit of pharmacopoeia and demonic resistance that denies your existence and power and ask you to move your warring angels into this area of China to bolster the faith of believers and to show your love and power to their persecutors. Shine your glory light into this and every campus to bring repentance.
    Jacquie W - USA
  • In Jesus Name I pray that the Army of God, Angelic Hosts, will move mightily over China and thwart those who want to restrict Christianity. We know that You, O Lord, are able to do all things and you are able to bring this situation under control.
    Kathleen R - USA
  • Oh Mighty Lord, even as we see the rise of persecution again in China, I know that Your Word will go forth and You will not leave Your children in China unguarded. Prepare their hearts, minds, bodies for what lies ahead and give them a spirit of peace in the midst of persecution. Amen.
    JM B - USA
  • Father, we ask you to expose this totalitarian mindset and make it repellent to the students. May they long for freedom in Christ.
    Margaret D - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank you for always being with us. I pray for healing for those persecuted and forced to flee homes, comfort for family and friends of those lost or injured, security for those sharing You despite threats, and salvation to those who are persecuting your Church. I pray Your light would shine for many to see through these trials. Amen
    Olga G - USA
  • Lord I lift up the believers in China. I pray that You would strengthen them and prepare them for what is coming ahead. I pray that Your Word would lead, guide, teach, show, instill, and bring hope to the believers in China. I pray Lord that Your Spirit would pour out over the leaders and the Gospel of truth would permeate China and bring revival.
    Joy H - USA
  • Lord I pray You would strengthen the faith of my brothers and sisters in China. Help them in the midst of increased persecution. May their witness of You be strong and bold as a lion giving You great honor and glory In Jesus Christ. Bless them in their time of need and give them great comfort strength faith and peace in You. In Jesus' name Amen.
    Steven P - USA
  • Father, we do pray for our brothers and sisters in China who are facing these kinds of official restrictions. Please give wisdom about when to heed them and when to resist. Please prepare your people for whatever may lie ahead.
    Brenda M - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for the Christians in China who continue to boldly stand firm in their faith despite growing intense persecution by the Chinese government. I pray that You will strengthen them and prepare them for whatever they may face. I also pray for their persecutors, that You may soften their hearts.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Father we pray for the church in China. In the face of continued persecution may your Holy Spirit give them faith, courage and wisdom. May they be faithful to the end and may they find favor with their enemies. Father let their faithful witness lead many to Christ. In the strong name of Jesus, who saves.
    Kay T - USA
  • Thank You for China Father. Please be with the believers there. Give them Your Holy Spirit and discernment. Supernaturally reveal the truth to them so that they are not led astray into error. In the Name of Yeshua. Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Thank you for the body of Christ in China. We commit the believers into your hands, pls let them not be discouraged, strengthen them, let not the plans against the church stand., touch the heart of the president to favor the church and let not any evil law against the church stand, let more souls be won to your kingdom now more than ever in Jesus name.
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Jesus, let Christians find favor in their communities and be shining witnesses for you. Let everyone see that they have superior moral character and start to encourage their faith instead of suppress it.
    michele r - USA
  • Father, we know that opposition will come, is here now. We pray you would prepare your children for whatever we must face. Right now it is our family in China. I pray your will be done.. I pray you give your children wisdom and strength to face the enemy. Speak to the hearts of those who oppose you, deal with their hearts, strengthen your children.
    polly c - USA
  • Father, protect your children throughout China. Help them to continue to grow stronger in their faith & commitment to spreading the Gospel. Provide for all of their needs. Convict those who would harass or deter your children from sharing their faith in Jesus Christ, Amen.
    Donna S - USA
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