My home among the Hui is on the edge of the Gobi Desert, the largest desert in Asia with an area of 500,000 square meters. The weather is dry, and it rarely rains or snows. I come from a place in America that has a very similar climate so it was not a hard adjustment adapting to the physical environment. However most recently I lived in the Pacific Northwest where rain is much more common. Sometimes my spirit seems to match the environment in its dryness, and I long for rain to quench my thirst spiritually.
When my family and I moved to East Asia, one of the biggest prayers that we prayed was to ask God to give us a family that we could share life with and that we would be able to share the gospel deeply in this relationship. In the past six months we have seen God open this door and we have been able to declare Jesus to this family. I first met this family eating at a local restaurant.
A mega-city. 1.5% percent Hui. And the Hui are definitely unreached … hardly any known believers. It’s a spiritually dark place.
One family is enough to reach all these people, right?
We pray constantly for more workers to take the good news to the Hui. There are millions of Hui scattered across the entire country of China. Almost all of them have never had the opportunity to accept or reject Jesus as their Lord. As we look at the statistics and plan strategies we always come back to one main conclusion. We need more workers.
My coworker and I had lived in China just a few months before meeting a local sister who would eventually become our closest national partner. After a few months of personally discipling her, during which we shared our burden to reach the Hui with the Gospel, she offered to introduce us to her pastor. We excitedly agreed to meet with him. Hanging on the walls of his office were many maps: one of our city, one of China, and one of the Middle East. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the pastor himself had a heart to reach Muslims.
In the Spring, we began a series of posts about how to Engage the Hui. Thanks to our friends at North Mountain Media, we now have a great adoption overview video.
We believe God is calling churches, families and individuals to engage the Hui by adopting an unengaged, unreached population segment among the Hui. There are thousands of cities, villages and rural areas where today no one is proclaiming the Gospel to the Hui communities in the area.