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Serving in ministry can be challenging and burdensome even under ideal circumstances. Every pastor serves the Great Shepherd in his ministry to the saints—joining in their weaknesses and pain, sharing in their burdens in prayer and lament, and seeking the Lord’s face and Scripture for the diverse struggles that all congregants endure in their daily walk through this world.

Imagine how difficult it must be for pastors in non-ideal circumstances. Over the past decade, pastors in Chinese churches have faced increasing persecution, interrogations, loss of meeting places, lack of stability in fellowship, and reduced financial income. When pastors face internal and external problems, they often feel anxious, discouraged, and afraid. What’s more, our Chinese brothers and sisters say these strenuous circumstances have increasingly affected many marriages among key leaders in the church.

Serving in ministry can be challenging and burdensome anywhere, and it’s proving increasingly difficult for our brothers in China. Thankfully, they are not alone, and we have Someone who hears our prayers and can give comfort, strength, and joy even in our suffering.

Ways to pray:

  1. Thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness in raising up pastors in China over the decades of struggling and persecution
  2. For pastors to continue to pursue growth in the truth so they will be renewed in their hearts
  3. For the stability and growth of marriages of pastors, leaders, and Christians in China

“And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?” 2 Corinthians 11:28–29


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