Do You Know Me?

This is day 3 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 you, choosing to follow the Way seems simple. Just believe and confess that Jesus is Lord, right? But for others like me, it’s not that easy. Do you know me? My name is Wang Li* and I am 23 years old. I recently graduated from a university not far from my hometown. It was at this university that I first heard about the Way. You see, my situation is a little different. I didn’t choose what I would believe as I grew up … instead I was born into a culture and community that had already chosen for me. I was Hui, and therefore I was Muslim. There was no reason to question it, because there were no questions – this was my family. During my fourth year of studies, I kept hearing whispers about the Way. I was intrigued by what I heard and one day I was invited to the home of someone who could tell me more. She gave me a Book and said that the answers to all the questions I had could be found between its covers. For weeks I searched through the pages of this Book. The stories were more exciting to me than any I had ever heard. Yet I knew there was a much...

Persecution

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. (James 1:2-3 ESV) Xiao Wang grew up in the village where her father is the Ahong (Imam). God orchestrated the circumstances of her life to prepare her heart so that when she heard the gospel she readily accepted it. She became a Christian in the city away from her family but as soon as they heard the news they called her home. Her Bible was confiscated and she had to stay at home under the supervision of her family for six months. After that her family let her go, saying that they did not mind her being a Christian. However, the other villagers disapproved of her release and kidnapped her. She was forced to attend Islamic classes at the Mosque and made to veil, but after four months she escaped to the city again. The Hui network, which operated even in the city, found her and kidnapped her again. This time they took her out of the province and made her get a job. God is faithful and has now given her a ministry right where she is. In the 1920’s there was a group of twenty Hui believers who met secretly on Sunday to read from a large Arabic Bible. They did not make themselves know to the American and Chinese missionaries who carried out open-air evangelism in the Muslim quarter of the city. It was several years after the American worker left the city that he heard about this group when their leader...

Hui Believers

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16 ESV) “Although I am Hui, I prayed to receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior just before I graduated from a university in China. As I returned home my heart was filled with dread; I feared that my new identity in Christ would be discovered so I did everything possible to hide it. But to my surprise after two months of being home, my mom, a single parent, also prayed the prayer of repentance. I then admitted that I too believed. In my mother’s great joy at her own salvation she told my grandmother. But grandma was drastically opposed to this news. She told the extended family and they put pressure on my mom to renounce Christ, which she did through an Islamic ceremony. She then kept close watch over me, confiscating my Bible and few Christian books. I really love my mom who has sacrificed many things to give me a good education so I cannot bear to hurt her now by continuing to follow Jesus. I feel guilty if I try to meet up with other Christians and I feel guilty if I attend our Hui religious ceremonies. Confusion reigns in my heart!” This young lady has since married and her husband has become interested in the gospel enough to ask for a Bible to read! Praise God for being faithful to her. Many of the Hui who have come to faith in Jesus are...

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