The Hui

The Hui, about 15 million people, are the largest and most widespread of China’s Muslim nationalities. They also comprise the third largest minority group in China. Out of 15 million Hui people, less than 1% have heard the Gospel.
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The Dongxiang

The Dongxiang people, with a population of 621,500, are the fourth largest of China’s 10 Muslim people groups. The largest concentration of the Dongxiang people is in the rugged, dry mountains of Gansu Province. Most are isolated from the outside world with few if any opportunities to hear the Gospel.
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The Salar

The Salar people migrated from the Samarkand region of Central Asia many centuries ago. According to oral tradition their forefathers bound a copy of the Koran to the head of a camel and followed it until it stopped at a waterfall and turned to stone in their present home of Qinghai province in Northwest China. Today two-thirds of the 120,000 Salar people still live in this small area of Xunhua County, Qinghai province.
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The Huihui

The Huihui are a small unreached people group of about 10,000 people found in Sanya on Hainan Island. The Huihui identify themselves as part of the Hui minority group in China. However, they realize they are different. They have slightly different facial features and skin color and look more Malaysian than Chinese. In fact, they trace their ancestry back to Malaysia, Cambodia and/or Vietnam.
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This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.”

Zechariah 4:6

Huángtiān Shàngdì

Beijing’s Temple of Heaven park complex attracts many tourists each year with its buildings’ elaborate wooden architecture and meticulously kept grounds. Before the complex retired to tourism, however, it served as a place of Heaven worship, where for hundreds of years Chinese emperors performed the Border Sacrifice, during which a spotless animal was sacrifice and prayers made for protection and blessing.

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Abandoning Control

A couple days before I took this photo, I read about author Hannah Hurnard and her comparison between a chairlift and faith. The ride looks dangerous, because there’s no earthly support, and falling would be catastrophic. But there is a reliable power, working from above, that’s mostly invisible during the ascent. If the rider abandons control and simply sits in the chair, that overhead power will waft him or her to amazing heights. Nothing is achieved through self effort save abandoning control in the first place.

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Longing to Wait Well

I recently read a book called Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams are Delayed, by Betsy Childs Howard. While I initially read the book with singleness in mind, I soon realized that its truths apply to many aspects of life, particularly life overseas. Looking back, my journey of life overseas has been filled with seasons of waiting. To begin, I waited through several years of schooling in preparation for moving overseas. When that was finished, I waited almost five more years to gain professional experience and pay off my student loans. While I didn’t have to wait too long for a job opportunity to open up, the months leading up to my move were still filled with waiting and preparation. And now that I’m here, the waiting continues, in ways big and small.

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Religion and Good Works

Living here has helped my teammates and I see that the Hui (any people group, really) can’t be put into a box. As a friend of mine said recently, “The Hui all seem to wear different caps.” There are commonalities, but conversations with different Hui people give a fairly broad spectrum of views.

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May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.

Psalm 67:1-2

God is at work among the Hui!

This site is a reminder that the mission is not dependent on us but on the Spirit. Our desire is to promote prayer for the Hui and to encourage individuals and churches to consider how they can engage the Hui.


Join us by committing to pray for the Hui. Check out the resources that are available to guide your prayers.
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Join us and engage the Hui by adopting a population segment and partnering to proclaim the Gospel!
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Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Matthew 9:37-38


Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you…

2 Thessalonians 3:1

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