Year in Review: Prayer & Fasting on Anniversary of One-Child Policy

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Wednesday, September 25th, marks the 33rd anniversary of China's One-Child Policy, a policy that has taken the lives of countless individuals and torn apart the fabric of Chinese society.  All Girls Allowed is calling on followers of Jesus all around the world to commit this day to the Lord through prayer and fasting, asking him to swiftly bring an end to the twin evils of gendercide and coercive family planning.

 

Under the One-Child Policy, nearly two-thirds of Chinese couples (more than 900 million people) are allowed to have only one child, provided that they have already been legally married.  The toll on life has been staggering.  Since coercive family planning began in China, over 336 million forced and coerced abortions have been performed.  Countless women have taken their lives, with an astounding female suicide rate of 500 per day, higher by far than any other nation in the world.  Girls suffer disproportionately, with every sixth baby girl being aborted, killed, or abandoned in favor of a boy.  As a result, there are at least 37 million more men than women in China today.

 

What can we do in response?  We can pray, we can testify, and we can act.

 

PRAY   Jesus said,  "Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:18-19)  Our prayers of faith are powerful and effective!  Read the year in review below to better understand how to pray for the people of China.

 

TESTIFY   The Scriptures also say that the saints will overcome the devil "by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony". (Revelation 12:11a)  We must wash ourselves clean in the blood of Christ and testify to his truth, power and love.  This begins by first uprooting the gendercide within us, removing all prejudice against women and allowing the Lord to make us into living testimonies of his grace.  Then, we will be equipped and ready to speak against the injustices of the One-Child Policy.

 

ACT   Finally, we must transform our words into action, as Isaiah proclaims: "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen; to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?" (Isaiah 58:6)  Take action by hosting a 37 Seconds event, organizing a fundraiser for our Baby Shower Gift Program, making baby blankets for our baby girls, signing our petition, sporting All Girls Allowed's apparel, or even joining our team!  Click here for details about what you can do.  Our actions will not be in vain, as God has declared that "if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." (Isaiah 58:10)

 

Now, let us adopt a somber yet hopeful posture as we take a moment to remember the victories and tragedies of the past year:

 

FALL & WINTER 2012

  • September 25 -- All Girls Allowed reported that provinces representing 87% of China had officially declared bans on late-term forced abortions, marking the single largest blow to the policy since its inception.  We called on faithful followers of Jesus to join together to pray China into the promised land.  (Read here.)
  • October 11 -- Chinese novelist Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his book, Wa, a scathing critique of the One-Child Policy and its oppressive practices against mothers.  (Read here.)
  • November 1 -- All Girls Allowed released a data report about Family Planning fines that were levied against violators of the One-Child Policy.  For urban dwellers, fines reached up to 11 times the average annual salary; for rural dwellers, fines reached up to 45 times the average annual salary. (Read here.)
  • November 1 -- All Girls Allowed reported about an October 2012 case involving the forced abortion of Ms. Song's six-month-old unborn child in Heilizhai, Shandong.  The case highlighted the Chinese judicial system's failure to enforce the ban on late-term forced abortions.  (Read here.)
  • December 18 -- Beautiful baby girl Airen was born, having survived threats against her life while in utero, including the dismissal of both of her parents from their jobs as university professors.  Baby Airen became a symbol of hope for the Christmas season and a poster child for our Baby Shower Gift Program. (Read here.)
  • December 28 -- Chai Ling delivered a remarkable speech about true freedom in Christ before 18,000+ delegates at Urbana 12, weaving her own life story with the experiences of women under the One-Child Policy and under misogynistic culture everywhere.  Dozens of young women and men experienced deep inner healing as a result of All Girls Allowed's call to "end gendercide in your own heart".  (Read and watch here.)

 

SPRING 2013

  • February 4 -- A 13-month-old boy died after being crushed by a minibus driven by Family Planning Officials, who were trying to forcibly detain the child's pregnant mother.  (Read here.)
  • February 14 -- For the first time in months, Feng Jianmei sat down with a reporter to share about the forced abortion of her seven-month-old unborn child in June 2012, which picture went viral and shocked the international community.  Feng said that she was suffering health complications from the forced abortion but had yet to receive the promised compensation from the government. (Read here.)
  • March 11 -- Despite rumblings that the One-Child Policy might effectively end with the merger of the National Family Panning Commission with the Ministry of Health, an official government spokesperson asserted that no changes were planned.  The statement came amid ever-growing calls from officials, businessmen and netizens to bring an end to the policy. (Read here.)
  • March 19 -- The Chinese government officially reported that 336 million abortions had taken place under coercive family planning laws in China, an astounding number that exceeds the total population of the United States.  The figure is likely an underestimate, since it only counts those officially recorded abortions. (Read here.)
  • March 22 -- A graphic photograph of an aborted seven-month-old boy made it into the news following the late-term forced abortion of his 33-year-old mother.  The story appeared briefly on the city's official website but was soon taken down.  (Read here.)
  • March 25 -- Yang Yuzhi, mother of two, took her own life outside the local Family Planning Office after receiving no compensation or restitution from two botched forced sterilizations.  (Read here.)
  • March 29 -- All Girls Allowed celebrated the story of Ms. Deng, who changed her mind about aborting her baby girl after meeting one of our Baby Shower Program workers.  Her story represented just one of the dozens of girls and mothers that were served through that program that month. (Read here.)
  • April 26 -- Following the tragic Boston Marathon bombings that took place just yards outside the entrance to All Girls Allowed's office complex, Chai Ling wrote an open letter to Chinese students in America who had been shaken up by the events, sharing about the hope that they could find in Christ. (Read here.)
  • May 2 -- Ma and Luo, a married couple enrolled in our Baby Shower Gift Program, accepted Jesus and began to actively seek him at a local church.  When their baby daughter Lili contracted a disease that doctors said could even kill her, they fasted and prayed to the God of heaven and earth.  He answered and took away her illness that very day! (Read here.)
  • May 10 -- All Girls Allowed reported another forced abortion that took place in Shandong province.  The victim and her family had already reached an agreement with the government and therefore could not comment, showing how much the Chinese government was eager to avoid bad publicity. (Read here.)
  • May 10 -- All Girls Allowed launched its exciting new introductory video, which provided the bigger picture and holistic approach of our ministry to end gendercide by simply loving her in Jesus' name.  (Watch here.)
  • May 28 -- Twenty-eight-year-old mother Zhang Ping died from hemorraghic bleeding after a botched late-term forced abortion.  All Girls Allowed was able to confirm the case in a conversation with Zhang's uncle, who had clearly been warned by authorities not to share any information.  (Read here.)

 

SUMMER 2013

  • June 3 -- Chai Ling delivered a message of hope through Jesus at a Congressional hearing on the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  The message resonated with many who have felt that America has strayed from its dependence on God. (Read here.)
  • June 11 -- The world watched in shock, horror and then hope as "Baby 59" was rescued from a sewage pipe in China.  His mother, who was unmarried and thus not permitted to have the child, had given birth in secret.  Following the incredible rescue, she did not claim her child for two days for fear of punishment.  Baby 59 became a symbol of the unseen consequences of the One-Child Policy. (Read here.)
  • June 25 -- The U.S. State Department's 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report downgraded China to the worst possible rating, linking human trafficking directly with the One-Child Policy.  China vehemently denied the claims and accused the U.S. of "irresponsible judgment on other countries' internal policy". (Read here.) 
  • July 10 -- The daughter of former Premier Li Peng shared with reporters that her biggest regret in life was not being able to have more than one child.  She acknowledged that she was speaking on behalf of many other mothers.  (Read here.)
  • July 12 -- An 18-year-old mother was arrested after throwing her newborn daughter out of a second-story window.  Another couple was arrested for starving their two infant daughters to death.  (Read here.)
  • July 17 -- Tsinghua scholar Wang Feng delivered a scathing evaluation of the One-Child Policy at an academic conference in Beijing, in which he sad that "history will judge the One-Child Policy as worse than the Cultural Revolution".  (Read here.)
  • July 23 -- A man who was unable to pay the crippling fine in order to register his fourth child with a hukou took out his rage on the local Family Planning Officials, killing two officials and injuring four in a knife attack.  This tragedy underscored the fact that the One-Child Policy is harmful to government officials and ordinary citizens alike. (Read here.)
  • July 26 -- A 16-year-old girl drank a fatal pesticide after she was denied the opportunity to sit for the national college entrance exam, simply because she was an over-quota child and did not have a hukou.  She became a tangible representative of the millions of unregistered children in China who were denied basic access to health care and education because they were born outside of the One-Child Policy.  (Read here.)
  • August 1 -- All Girls Allowed celebrated serving 467 baby girls and their mothers through the Baby Shower Gift Program!  We were encouraged that some of the beneficiaries of the program have expressed a desire to become field workers, the beginning of our vision to see the ministry multiplied organically.  (To support the program, click here.)
  • September 4 -- State-conttrolled media outlet China Daily reported that the government had collected over $2 billion in fines in 2012 for violations of the One-Child Policy.  The country's top auditor revealed that the Family Planning Commission had not been audited for many years, suggesting that these fines may have been the result of corruption. (Read here.)
  • September 19 -- All Girls Allowed rejoiced that in the past month, at least five mothers and one father accepted Jesus after hearing the gospel from our Baby Shower Program workers!  We also reported God's miraculous work, physically healing some from difficult illnesses and diseases.  Truly, Jesus is on the move and he's just gotten started.  (To support the program, click here.)

 

And so, another year has passed with gendercide and the One-Child Policy.  But the light of Christ is shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  As we grieve on behalf of the countless, nameless victims, let us also rejoice that we have a God who will one day "wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order af things has passed away." (Revelation 21:4)  We pray in hope, knowing that Jesus is the resurrection and the life!

 

May we heed Peter's words, when he wrote, "The end of all things is near.  Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray." (1 Peter 4:7)  May we be known as a praying generation, and may the Lord respond by freeing the Chinese people soon from their oppression!

 

 

IMAGES:  All Girls Allowed, China Aid Association, Reuters, Associated Press, AFP, Weibo, China Daily

 

 

All Girls Allowed (http://www.allgirlsallowed.org) was founded by Chai Ling in 2010 with a mission to display the love of Jesus by restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China and to reveal the injustice of the One-Child Policy.  “In Jesus’ Name, Simply Love Her.”







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