This is day 19 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.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28 ESV)
Jibril* told Joseph* that he cried a lot when he ended his relationship with his girlfriend. He said that men are not supposed to show a lot of emotion, but he knows they can cry, because he once saw his father crying when he left home to go to university.
Jibril has been away from home for one year. He’s an average college kid who likes to play video games, do puzzles and solve math problems. He’s a basketball fan. He has dreamed of being a model. He often goes to car fairs, always wondering which one he would buy if he had the money. He’s terrified of horror movies. He believes that the True God has control of everything, even the friendships he makes. He says that he, like everyone else, needs to find the meaning of life.
- Pray that Jibril can enter into the family of God. May this normal young man, like many others, finally find the real reason for living and dying.
- Pray that Dongxiang young people can find in Jesus the only bread that can truly satisfy them forever. May they continue living their lives, playing, running and crying, but newly reflecting the grace and love of Jesus.
* name changed
Did You Know? During their seclusion in northwest China, the Dongxiang people formed their own language which is related to Mongolian. Originally, it was only a spoken language. A writing system has been developed, but most are still not aware of it. They have an oral tradition of legends, stories, folk songs, riddles and proverbs. Some Dongxiang understand spoken Mandarin, but many have only had one year of schooling and find it difficult to learn Chinese. The Dongxiang people are considered among the poorest and least literate of China’s minorities.