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Praying for Chinese Women
Since the late 1970’s the central Chinese government implemented a family planning policy restricting the majority of families to have only one child and so reduce the growth rate of the population. The one-child policy has caused our Chinese sisters to go through unpleasant experiences such as aborting their babies unwillingly. From the beginning of this year the Chinese government now allows two children per family, but abortions are still used to terminate unaccepted pregnancies. Statistics show that at least 13 million abortions are performed every year in China.
As an African woman who treasures children, my heart is breaking when I read about these policies. I believe it breaks your heart too. I ask myself questions like: How would I respond to this matter if I lived in China today? How do our Chinese sisters feel about the one- or two-child policies? Can they really live in peace with their government?
My friend, have you ever responded to any social system or law that has gone against your sense of justice? What is your response to such an unfair situation? Often we find that God does not change the circumstances, but gives direction of how to deal with the situation. In our troubles, Jesus is there with us. He says in Isaiah 43:2 (NIV), “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze."
This month God is bringing the plight of the Chinese women into our hearts, so that we can put ourselves into their shoes and empathize with them. Let us join our voices to seek justice where there is injustice. I truly believe that through our prayers there can be a change in social systems or policies that take away the joy of women.
Ruth JE Mbennah
Project Hannah Regional Coordinator
Project Hannah strives to support and especially pray for women of all countries. Will you pray with us?
Read about various women's struggles, issues, and some prayer requests for a few countries in Africa.