Countdown to Beijing Olympics 2008 China
:: TODAY AUGUST 8th MARKS the one-year countdown to the start of the XX1X Olympiad in Beijing. Olympic Watch states one year before the Olympics:
MEDIA FREEDOM is nowhere in sight. Independent monitors, such as Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), register at least 30 Chinese journalists and 50 bloggers and Internet activists in jail. Chinese domestic media face a policy of systematic censorship and the reporting of international media into China is blocked. [...]
As Human Rights Watch recently reported again, human rights violations are taking place in direct relation to the Olympic Games themselves: hundreds of thousands of Beijing residents have been evicted without proper compensation. A leader of their peaceful protests, Ye Guozhu, has been imprisoned for four years and reportedly tortured.
Source: Olympic Watch -- More: Tiananmen 7 August 07 one year to Beijing 2008
REFLECTION OLYMPIC GAMES will often let you hear about the "spirit of the Olympics" - and that in a almost religious way. We know that the real spirit is the Spirit from Above and our heavenly Father. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you" Acts 1:8
IN CHINA the number 8 is seen as a very important and "lucky" number. This thought is mainly based on the pronunciation of number itself. The number "8" is pronounced [ba] in Mandarin Chinese. That word sounds like the word for "prosper" or "wealth." The Olympics will start in Beijing August 8, 2008, at 8:08:08pm, in numbers 080808 08:08:08.
INTERCEDE Pray along with all believers that the power of the Holy Spirit will move in a mighty way in China.