Urban China Prayer Resources

Pray for the Urban Billion

What is The Task Unfinished?

29% of the world’s population are considered unreached, that’s over 2 billion people with little access to a church, a believer or a bible.

Currently, among East Asia’s peoples, over 667 million people are still unlikely to meet a follower of Jesus.

Billions of East Asians do not know Christ, and millions have little to no access to the gospel, a Christian church, or even a single believer. We believe God is calling us to focus prayer, people and resources to bring the hope of Christ to unreached peoples in East Asia and around the world.

For OMF, The Task Unfinished is a focused effort to inspire believers world-wide to work together to bring the gospel to unreached people groups.

We invite you to pray for urban China, for just five minutes, for five days, for five strategic areas. Your prayers will open doors in powerful ways, encourage believers, release strongholds and bring great glory to God. 

Stories from Urban China

Coding for Christ – an IT specialist wrestles with his motivation

Who am I really coding for? It’s a question I ask myself often, and one that I struggle with. The ‘correct’ answer, of course, is that everything I do (coding included) is for God’s glory. However, like most people, I like it when others notice and appreciate my work. I know that it’s easy for […]

Reflections from a home-school mom

At The Urban Billion, we firmly believe that when God calls you into cross-cultural ministry, He calls not just you, but your whole family.  We spoke to a mother about the joys and challenges of living among The Urban Billion with young children. What are the joys and challenges of living in China with children? […]

No ordinary youth ministry

What are your life goals? – my high-school teacher friend asked his class. The cost of asking that question was reading through 100 pages listing things his Chinese high-school students wanted to do in life. I say a ‘cost’ but really, it was his privilege and joy. He got an insight into their hearts, learnt […]

Unashamed this Christmas

I remember a former colleague telling a story about how a student came to be a believer through hearing the genealogies in Matthew and Luke. Those of us listening laughed with some measure of incredulity. After the last few months, however, a combination of reading Ruth, and the studies of Hebrews at the local small […]

One in a Billion – At Risk Womens Worker (Simplified Chinese Subtitles)

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One in a Billion – At Risk Womens Worker (French Subtitles)

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Finding God In a Time of Silence

“What would she write back to those who had been praying to her?”

One in a Billion – Shepherd (Simplified Chinese Subtitles)

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One in a Billion – Engineer (Simplified Chinese Subtitles)

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One in a Billion – Mother (Simplified Chinese Subtitles)

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One in a Billion – Mother (Thai Subtitles)

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One in a Billion – Academic (Thai Subtitles)

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One in a Billion – Academic (Japanese Subtitles)

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One in a Billion – Academic (French Subtitles)

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“Walk alongside us.” | One In A Billion – Shepherd

(This is the story behind the final video in our One In A Billion series.) Andrew was born into a Christian family and was raised going to church, with his mother serving as a preacher there. After finishing high school, he moved to a neighbouring province for two years to work, hoping to find joy and satisfaction [...]

Urban China Q&A : Businessman

We talk to an OMF worker whose ministry is carried out as he works in a secular workplace.  We hope his story helps you understand something more of the ways we need to get creative as we seek to reach China’s cities.  It’s challenging, but it is #thetaskunfinished.   Q: Why did you decide to […]

Urban China Q&A : Disciple-maker

An OMF worker who walks alongside local believers to see them grow, shares her insights.  We hope that knowing and understanding more of what our workers face, will drive you to prayer, and to considering whether you can play a part in serving the body of Christ in urban China. Q: What has been one […]

One in a Billion – Academic (German Subtitles)

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So That They Would Know God | One In A Billion – Mother

(This is the story behind the third video in our One In A Billion series.) From the moment Mary sensed she was pregnant with her third child she knew she had received a gift. But the niggling question of how it would affect their life, beyond the initial issues of if they would be fined - whether [...]

The Hope of the Village | One In A Billion – Engineer

(This is the story behind the fourth video in our One In A Billion series.) We had the privilege of going to Eric's hometown. We were the first foreigners ever to go there. Being of Chinese appearance, the curiosity factor piqued when our kids looked like theirs but spoke and acted completely differently. It was not an [...]

Urban China Q&A : Working Amongst The Marginalized

We talked to an OMF worker who has been walking alongside those outcast by society in urban China for over 10 years. We hope that her story will cause you take pause to pray for her, the work she’s doing, and maybe even considering how you can be involved. Q: What first led you to […]

Urban China Q&A: Wife & Mother

A wife, mother of three, and worker for the Lord, wrote some thoughts on what life and ministry in urban China is like for her: Q: What are the challenges as you raise a family in China? A: We’ve just been back at home in the UK for the few months, and everything here feels […]

Love That Never Ends | One In A Billion – At-risk Women’s Worker

(This is the story behind the second video in our One In A Billion series.) Kim remembers the first time she met Ping. She looked so out of place, standing outside the brothel, so young, so innocent.  It reminded her why she did this in the first place.  Ping was just a young girl who needed a [...]

One in a Billion – Shepherd

Andrew was born into a Christian family and was raised going to church, with his mother serving as a preacher there. After finishing high school, he moved to a neighbouring province for two years to work, hoping to find joy and satisfaction through work and money. This period only resulted in emptiness. Only upon going [...]

Urban China Q&A: University Lecturer

We ask one of our workers, a university lecturer, about what life and ministry is like for him: Q: You teach at a university 5 days a week. How do you see your work as your ministry? A: As a teacher in China, I’m not just their teacher for one semester, but I’m their teacher […]

One in a Billion – Engineer

We had the privilege of going to Eric's hometown. We were the first foreigners ever to go there. Being of Chinese appearance, the curiosity factor piqued when our kids looked like theirs but spoke and acted completely differently. It was not an entirely poor place, but Plum Tree Village in the middle of the fields [...]

Suffering in Secret

Qing’s husband is HIV-positive. Even though he came to know Christ after he was diagnosed and has started attending church with her, their struggles are far from over.  Qing is afraid of telling others about her husband’s condition.  How will her church react?  Will they discriminate against him like everyone else does?  Qing and her […]

“I hope you are not that kind of Christian!”

Jing was the mother of a 6-year old girl, self-employed as a seller of imported luxury goods, living a comfortable life in one of China’s largest cities.  With her daughter in private school, her husband in a good job, and a modest but decent home in a good neighborhood, her move from a smaller Chinese […]

Family Struggles

Chi, age four, is from a ‘typical’ Chinese family with two parents and one child. Some in China may consider it fortunate that her parents are still married since divorce is increasingly common.  China’s state-run newspaper, People’s Daily, reported that while 1.2 million Chinese couples tied the knot in 2009, nearly 2 million filed for divorce […]

Counting The Cost

Until recently, Calvin was an elder in our local fellowship. We would meet up every couple of weeks over lunch. Being the deep thinker, there was always a theological question, a question about church governance, a question about guiding the people in his small group, that he wanted to talk through. One pervading issue for […]

“God put me here to preach the gospel.”

I was devastated when Joy told us she was leaving the megacity we work in. We’d worked with her for just one year, and she was very clearly God’s provision to us. She was a Christian, and I was excited by her enthusiasm to own our vision to reach people through our missional business. We […]

Know Your Worth.

Sarah was a freshman at university at a big city in China, and had heard from her English teacher about some training workshops being run in English. As her teacher expected, the thought of spending her holiday week practicing English drew Sarah in, as a bright and budding student, top of her class. With the […]

“I guess I’m still searching and waiting.” | One In A Billion – Academic

(This is the story behind the first video in our One In A Billion series.) I first met Mark when we were teaching English at the same university. My husband and I were working in a large city in China, choosing to spend some time 'tentmaking' on our own there before searching out a possible mission [...]

One In A Billion

By 2030, one billion people will live in China’s cities. It sounds impressive, doesn’t it? But what does it really mean? It means the population of the US, tripled, plus the population of Australia on the side. All dwelling in urban centers within China.  It really is a lot of people. But let’s not think […]

Urban China’s Unreached People Group: The Dītóu Tribe 低头族

(The author teaches at a university in urban China, in a city with the same population as the whole of Sweden.) A lot has been said about Unreached People Groups (UPGs). In this post I am not attempting to minimize the massive need to reach villages and tribes tucked away deep in mountain ranges, that have […]

One in a Billion – Mother

From the moment Mary sensed she was pregnant with her third child she knew she had received a gift. But the niggling question of how it would affect their life, beyond the initial issues of if they would be fined - whether they could get him or her registered as a resident in the city [...]

One in a Billion – At Risk Womens Worker

To download with English subtitles embedded, go to https://vimeo.com/237367586 Kim remembers the first time she met Ping. She looked so out of place, standing outside the brothel, so young, so innocent.  It reminded her why she did this in the first place.  Ping was just a young girl who needed a mother, needed a friend. [...]

One in a Billion – Academic

To download with English subtitles embedded, go to https://vimeo.com/237365967 I first met Mark when we were teaching English at the same university. My husband and I were working in a large city in China, choosing to spend some time 'tentmaking' on our own there before searching out a possible mission organisation to join. Mark and his [...]

New Life. Overflowing.

We made it.  Through the cold, cruel, bone-chilling winter. Spring has finally come to the city.   Magnolias, cherry blossoms, some beautiful yellow flowers I can’t identify, are all out in bloom.  Weeping willows are budding with green all over town.  In a week or so, white fluffy balls of (what is that stuff?) will be […]

The sheep dilemma

The author lives and serves in one of China’s largest urban centers.  Find out more about what OMF do in China’s cities and how you can serve there with your profession.  The author, as it happens, was also born in the Year of the Sheep. I asked him about his kids.  It seemed normal enough a question. […]

The Urban Billion – Crowd

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Unpacking mooncakes

Mooncake festival, or mid-autumn festival, is one of the first festivals that students of Chinese language encounter, showing up early in many a Chinese coursebook. It is known to be the second most significant festival in the Chinese calendar. In fact, Asians all over the world grow up eating mooncake – whether they actually like […]

Walls of Hostility

“If you’re Japanese, I’ll stop the car, and you can all get out now!” That was the taxi driver’s response when he questioned our accent, and my friends and I told him we were of Cantonese descent. We were in a taxi in the Chinese city of over 9 million people that I call home, and […]

‘In Learning We Trust’

To Wei, a graduate from one of China’s top universities and a well-established scientist, believing in Christ is never a consideration.  When his Christian colleague chats with him over lunch about science, faith and atheism, the colleague asks Wei: “Why are you an atheist?”  The intelligent, early thirty-something laughs and replies: “I was born in […]

The Morning Ride

The day begins before dawn. According to the clock, it’s not too early, half-past six, but when the sky outside is black and it’s -15 degrees C outside, it takes an extra ounce of motivation to get out of bed. By habit, I check my smart-phone for today’s pollution reading. 325. At least the masks […]

Urbanization. Like never before.

‘When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.’ – Matthew 9:36 We all know that China has the largest population of any country in the world, but what’s truly astounding is the recent movement, or migration, of people into the urban centers, and […]