Zach and Carrie Brinegar never saw themselves as church planters. But over time, the Lord led them to believe that church planting is the most effective way of spreading the gospel. And for the last twelve years, they have proclaimed the message of Jesus’ love to those who have never heard the gospel, first in Northern Asia. Now, with God’s direction, they are moving to Vienna, Austria to plant a church in a city whose population of 1.8 million people is 25% atheist and only 0.5% evangelical.
ChinaChina, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion in 2017. Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the third or fourth largest country by total area. Governed by the Communist Party of China, the state exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing), and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. An introductory prayer guide for China can be found at the Operation World website. Specific prayer guides for Hong Kong and Macau are also available. For a much more extensive guide to praying for China, consider purchasing the Operation World book (see our affiliate disclosure). Additional items for prayer can be found in these Prayercasts for China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
In a 2010 paper written for the Cape Town 2010 Congress of the Lausanne Movement, S. Kent Parks and John Scott deliver an impassioned plea for the “Forgotten Fourth” — the almost 2 billion people without access to the gospel. These “separate peoples” are mostly Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, and include significant urban populations.