Christmas Prayer Focus

 

 

 

 

Christmas is a great opportunity to proclaim the Gospel to the Hui. Join us this Christmas season in daily praying for God to move among the Hui and turn many to believe!

 

 

 

 

The Hui

The Hui, about 15 million people, are the largest and most widespread of China’s Muslim nationalities. They also comprise the third largest minority group in China. Out of 15 million Hui people, less than 1% have heard the Gospel.

The Dongxiang

The Dongxiang people, with a population of 621,500, are the fourth largest of China’s 10 Muslim people groups. The largest concentration of the Dongxiang people is in the rugged, dry mountains of Gansu Province. Most are isolated from the outside world with few if any opportunities to hear the Gospel.

The Salar

The Salar people migrated from the Samarkand region of Central Asia many centuries ago. According to oral tradition their forefathers bound a copy of the Koran to the head of a camel and followed it until it stopped at a waterfall and turned to stone in their present home of Qinghai province in Northwest China. Today two-thirds of the 120,000 Salar people still live in this small area of Xunhua County, Qinghai province.

The Huihui

The Huihui are a small unreached people group of about 10,000 people found in Sanya on Hainan Island. The Huihui identify themselves as part of the Hui minority group in China. However, they realize they are different. They have slightly different facial features and skin color and look more Malaysian than Chinese. In fact, they trace their ancestry back to Malaysia, Cambodia and/or Vietnam.

This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.”

Zechariah 4:6

A Meal with the Hui

What is one thing, besides Islam, that Hui people are passionate about?

Food.

They love it. They make a big deal about it. Their holidays, celebrations, and even weddings revolve around it. My good friend spent three days cooking lamb for the wedding guests of her friend’s brother. Three days! And this was only one portion of the feast that was served at the celebration.

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How Should We Think?

The Hui are 15 million people who have no present hope. They have not heard the gospel. One Hui person dies every 5 minutes. By the time you read this article one more Hui soul will have left the world and plunged into eternal damnation with no second chances. This is heart breaking. We should feel broken for the Hui. We should have a real urgency which reflects our care for every last Hui soul. We should live sacrificially for the Hui, we should weep in prayer for the Hui and we should mourn for the Hui.

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Same, Same, But Different

Traveling in Southeast Asia, it is easy to find knock off name brands. From shoes and clothing to bags and electronics, look alike products are everywhere. Vendors insist that their products are the same as the real thing as they drive a hard sale. Customers insist that the products are in fact different as they negotiate for a good deal. This back and forth bargaining style and popularity of shopping for knock off goods has made “Same, Same, But Different” a popular slogan.

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The Growing Influence of Islam in China

The reality is that the influence of Islam is not growing in China now to the degree that it was. You often hear of stories of how it is difficult to follow Jesus in China. The truth is those same difficulties are beginning to exist for Muslims as well. It is easy to call yourself a Muslim, but it is becoming harder and harder to truly follow Islam without consequences especially if you work in the big cities and have a good job. 

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May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.

Psalm 67:1-2

God is at work among the Hui!

This site is a reminder that the mission is not dependent on us but on the Spirit. Our desire is to promote prayer for the Hui and to encourage individuals and churches to consider how they can engage the Hui.

Pray

Join us by committing to pray for the Hui. Check out the resources that are available to guide your prayers.

Engage

Join us and engage the Hui by adopting a population segment and partnering to proclaim the Gospel!

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Matthew 9:37-38

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Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you…

2 Thessalonians 3:1

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