Ramadan 2016 Chinese Muslim Prayer Guide

Ramadan is one of the most significant times in a Muslim’s year. During this 30-day period, Muslims fast during daylight hours and feast at night, all the while praying for spiritual favor. This prayer guide was put together by believers who love and serve the Hui, DongXiang, Salar and Bonan – all of whom are Chinese Muslim people groups. Join us during these 30 days and pray that as Chinese Muslims set aside time to intentionally seek spiritual truths, they will come to know the saving power of Jesus Christ who alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life!

Day Twenty: May House Churches See the Need

The Hui are spread across all of China; they’re present in nearly every county. An excellent avenue for reaching such a large and dispersed people should be through Han Chinese house churches, which are also spread across China. These house churches are beginning to recognize the need to share the Gospel with Muslims and with the Hui, but there are significant challenges to overcome in order for the Han Chinese to reach the Hui.

Day Nineteen: Common Responses

Sharing the Good News of Christ’s love with the Hui is undoubtedly a privilege. Most times they have never heard the full Gospel story. Like Paul, we get the opportunity to “preach the Gospel not where Christ has already been named,” but to “those who have never been told of Him…and those who have never heard” (Rom 15:20-21).

Day Eighteen: Street Friends

One of the easiest ways to meet people here is to simply walk down the street. There are many street vendors, many of whom are Hui, who sell just about anything you can think of, from dishware to goldfish, trashcan bread (which is delicious, by the way) to hair bows – You can find it all here, and at pretty decent prices.

Day Seventeen: Bonan

The Bonan (or Bao’an) people are one of the smallest groups of unreached peoples in China. In fact, at 12-17 thousand people, they are one of the smallest people groups in China in general. The Bonan are believed to be descended from Mongol soldiers that were left after Genghis Khan’s troops swept through China.

Day Sixteen: Out with the Old, in with the New

China is under construction. I don’t mean that in some abstract sense. What I mean is that when I look out from our main apartment window, I can count at least ten tall buildings with construction cranes on top. I can look immediately to my right and see an unfinished neighborhood with five or so 30+ story apartment buildings.

Day Fourteen: Selima’s Story

My Muslim friend Selima had suffered for a long time with a disease that’s difficult to control even under the best circumstances. When faced with a callous health care system in which the patient must often fight for their own care, however, the challenges are multiplied. So when one of Selima’s friends heard that foreign doctors were coming to a nearby town, she went off to see what could be done. Selima was not well enough to travel, so her believing friend asked the foreign doctors to make a house call. After clinic one day, two doctors set off up the mountain on the trip to Selima’s home. After her checkup, they looked over her records, consulted with specialists, and developed a treatment plan. During this and every visit following, Selima and her husband heard the Gospel of Christ. They heard about how Jesus loves them and wants a relationship with them. They heard and saw how these Christian doctors were motivated by love for and from Christ, by love that spurred them to help those who need help. Because of these visits, Selima’s husband became convicted of the truth of the Gospel. As 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us,” and it was seeing that love in action, seeing these local and foreign workers displaying Christ’s love through their care for Selima, that left an impression on him. He gave his heart to Christ, and later, so did Selima! The witness of truth paired with action is compelling to Muslims wherever we find them. If only the story ended here, with this young couple growing in their faith and sharing the Truth with...

Day Eleven: The Hui of Beijing and Tianjin

Most workers, when they think about moving overseas, envision living in a forest or jungle, hiking around looking for villages and people groups that no foreigner has ever seen. But those who come to Beijing and Tianjin find themselves instead in two cities whose populations dwarf those of most countries!