Countdown To Beijing Olympics Underway
ICC Note: Christians around the world are asked to pray for Christins in China where persecution has increased in preparation for the 2008 Olympics.
8/10/07 China (MNN) ― China is now in the final year countdown to the Beijing Olympics. The Games will be held August 8-24, 2008
Compass Direct News is reporting that Christians throughout China fear tough restrictions on their freedom to worship in the coming year. This follows a government crackdown that’s being associated with the Olympic Games ‘cleanup’ effort.
There are reports of ongoing house church raids and arrests, and scattered reports of foreign Christians who have been expelled from China since the first of the year.
That’s why Open Doors is asking for prayer support. There are concerns this situation will likely continue and possibly escalate as the actual Games draw near.
Christians joining the prayer campaign are asked to pray for at least one minute each day; if possible at 8 p.m. Beijing time. The current time in Beijing as well as a countdown clock to the start of the Olympics are featured on the Open Doors USA Website .