College life in China is a pressure cooker and the pot is ever on the edge of boiling over.

Because of the pressures that Chinese college students face, especially during nationwide exams, is taking its toll on society.

The suicide rate in China is staggering. According to a 2011 Center for Disease Control and Prevention report, China’s suicide rate is 22.23 people out of every 100,000. This rate places the country among the countries with the highest suicide per capita in the world.

In recent months, a young student jumped from the tenth floor of her dormitory. She could not cope with the pressures of school. But it’s more than just school. It’s the expectation to perform, to create a better future for family, and to find one’s place in society.

When I came across The Angel of Nanjing, a film about a man who rescues people from attempted suicide on a popular bridge in Nanjing city, I was astounded. Though Chen Si is not a Christian, he is bringing hope to a hopeless generation.

But can’t the Gospel of Jesus Christ create a more powerful effect among suicidal young people?

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Will you pray for this generation in China with us? Pray that God would open their eyes to see who He is, how much He loves them, and how He wants to transform their lives.

At Within Reach Global, we are focusing on raising up disciples among college students at The Hub and The Bridge outreach centers. Join us in this holy passion!

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David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global

David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.

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