Fear of Losing Her Hui Identity

Fear of Losing Her Hui Identity

Growing up under intense Islamic influence, Maria* heard the call to prayer five times a day. She recited the Qur’an with neighborhood friends in one of the many mosques dominating her hometown landscape. “No matter how difficult and painstaking it is to learn Arabic, it is the most beautiful language given by Allah!” she was told. After graduating from high school, Maria left home to attend university in the provincial capital. Her father wished her goodbye with these stern words: “Never forget that you are a Muslim!”

Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us…

This is day 32 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful… (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3a ESV) We are thankful and humbled that you have taken the time during this last month to pray for Chinese Muslims. We believe God is working among Chinese Muslims, and we ask you to continue to believe and pray with us. Due to security concerns, we are not able to share specifically on the website about how God is answering prayers, but we will continue to post stories and people profiles to guide you as you pray for the Hui, Salar and Dongxiang. If you desire for someone to share with your church more specifically about how God is working among Chinese Muslims please click here. Today, please pray that the Gospel will speed ahead among Chinese Muslims and be honored, as it was when you heard the Gospel and believed. May thousands of Chinese Muslims hear the Gospel clearly proclaimed this year, and may thousands believe! When Chinese Muslims turn to follow Jesus, Satan rises to attack as they rejoice! They encounter wicked and evil men and...

Fear of Spiritual Contamination

This is day 31 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. Xiao Ma* met the stranger in the elevator of her apartment building. At first she thought her to be Korean, but soon found out that the “foreigner” was actually a Han Chinese from the south who had just moved to her city. She warmly invited Meili* to visit her home. A few days later, Meili knocked on her door and Xiao Ma’s mother answered, inviting her in for tea. Other relatives joined them and while they talked, Xiao Ma cooked some favorite local dishes. That night a friendship began between the newcomer and Xiao Ma’s family and has continued for many months. They cook together, eat together and share together in each other’s homes — despite the fact that Meili is not a Muslim, but a follower of Jesus, and her home is thus considered “contaminated” by many. But though these new friends have overcome many outward differences, Meili’s road toward breaking down many other barriers to the Good News may be long and steep. Prayer Requests: Pray that barriers will be removed that hinder Chinese Christians from developing relationships with Chinese Muslims and sharing the Gospel. Pray that Xiao Ma and her family will understand the Gospel and repent and follow Jesus; then share the truth about Jesus with their family and...

Catching the Vision

This is day 30 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. “For my whole life I’ve heard the government treats Muslims better than us so that they won’t revolt,” said one man at a meeting of church leaders. “It’s not fair that they are allowed to have two children simply because they are a minority group, when we have to abide by the one child policy,” said another. A third simply asked, “Why should we take the Gospel to people who hate us?” The issues forcing racial tension between the Han majority and the Muslim minorities are real. And they are building real walls of hatred and bitterness in the hearts of the Chinese — including believers. Here, it’s not fear that hinders the spread of the Gospel, but animosity. But as the meeting continued, the men began to study Scripture, remembering Christ’s sacrifice in the midst of their sin and His love for those who hate Him. “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us…” (1 John 4:10). As they read, the Word slowly started to tear down their walls of racism and burden their hearts for those who, like they once were, are desperate for the...

Abraham’s Story – Part 7 – Prayer Requests

This is day 29 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. Abraham is a Muslim-background believer (MBB) from an average Muslim family in China. He allowed us to interview him recently and share his story. He desires for people to understand more about Chinese Muslims and to pray intentionally and passionately for them. His real name and location are removed to protect his identity. This is part 7 of 7. How can people pray for you and your family? Pray especially for my parents that they will one day say, “I want to become like you.” I have tried to tell my father, but he always stops me. If I tell him, he will find a story that contradicts the story I share. For example, Jesus didn’t die on the cross. Judas did. Pray that God will prepare my parent’s hearts to listen and believe. Pray for my security as I talk to other people and work. Pray that there will not be any big difficulties in the work I am doing. Also pray that people will join us in the work. Pray that others from my people group will believe and join me in the work. How do you encourage people to pray for MBBs? Pray that they will have understanding in these areas. How do I identify myself? How can I be...

Abraham’s Story – Part 6 – Yearning to Worship with other MBBs

This is day 28 of 32. Throughout April, we will be posting daily. We invite you to learn about Chinese Muslims and pray with us for God’s glory to be made known among them. If you would like to read other posts in this series, you can find them here or download the prayer guide here. Abraham is a Muslim-background believer (MBB) from an average Muslim family in China. He allowed us to interview him recently and share his story. He desires for people to understand more about Chinese Muslims and to pray intentionally and passionately for them. His real name and location are removed to protect his identity. This is part 6 of 7. Share how you desire to worship with other MBBs. If I go to a Han Bible study or church, I do not feel at home. One time I went to a big church. There was a big picture of Jesus. I thought they were worshiping an idol because when we (Muslims) were taught to pray we were told to never worship when there is an image around. It stopped me from going to the church. Not until three years ago did I stop having those feelings. I met a group of MBBs. They worshiped in their own language and had their own Scripture to read. When I went inside the big room, it was just like a mosque – no chairs, no desks. They sat around on the floor and worshiped by kneeling down and praying. They sang songs and had their own musical instruments. It was just like their culture. No animal pictures...