This is day 22 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.
When I was in college, I heard about a girl who had decided to follow the Way. I knew that her family was Hui, and it must have been hard for them to accept her choice. I couldn’t help but wonder, What must her family have thought when they heard? Were the consequences as serious as other people said? But I was so excited for her! She was so brave! To follow what she believed to be true no matter what the consequences — that was truly courageous!
Wait … she hasn’t told them? How could that be? I thought she was so confident. How, after all this time, has she never told her family?
Before you begin to judge, let me confess that I’m the girl. I am so ashamed to admit that after being a follower of Jesus for almost three years, I still have never told my family. Despite my faith in Christ, the fear of what could happen paralyzes me. If they don’t accept it, they might disown me forever!
And yet … if they do understand, might they believe as well? Could it be that we might all follow Him together?
I know what I need to do. Now that I know the Truth, it’s my responsibility to make Him known. I just don’t know how to do that yet … and I really don’t want to mess it up.
- Pray for Muslim background believers in China — that God will give them boldness to proclaim the Gospel to their families and their communities. Pray that as they share with their families God will turn the hearts of their family members to trust and follow Jesus as well.
- Pray that Hui, Salar and Dongxiang believers will hold one another accountable to share the Gospel with their families.
Did You Know? To be Hui is to be Muslim – it is the core of who they are. Even if they don’t fully understand it, or even follow it the same as some other countries do, it has been hidden deep inside of them from the time they were very young. For the Hui, Islam is more than just a set of religious beliefs – it is a total way of life.