Many Chinese Christians are afraid of Muslims and do not have any Muslim friends. Pray that they may develop a courageous heart to befriend and bless Muslim people.
I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
— Jeremiah 32:27
Divorce rates are increasing amongst China’s Muslims. Pray for the development of healthy marriages, that there would be a decrease in domestic abuse and broken homes.
Young Chinese Muslims can face a lot of pressure to get married and have children. Pray for healthy views of marriage and singleness to prevail, and that people would not be pressured into accepting an unsuitable spouse.
The Kazak are China’s third largest Muslim people group, with a population of over 1.5 million in China. Pray for this traditionally nomadic people as they adapt to the challenges of life in modern China.
In today’s China, national identity is taking precedence over ethnic identity. Pray that God will help Silk Road people to balance their ethnic identity and their Chinese national identity.
About East Asia’s Muslims
Of East Asia’s 2.2 billion people, over 12% or more than 260 million people are Muslim. There are more than 220 different ethnic groups in East Asia that are majority Muslim, and one can find Muslims from Mongolia to Indonesia, Myanmar to Japan. By some estimates, 60% of those following Islam around the world live in Asia. Their cultures are different from their Middle-Eastern counterparts, and their Islamic practices are quite diverse.
Helping Muslims learn more about Jesus has been part of OMF International’s history for more than 100 years. In 1906, George W. Hunter of the China Inland Mission (CIM) set up base in Urumqi and served among the Uyghur, Kazak and other Muslim people groups in China. Many other CIM workers served Chinese Muslim groups such as the Hui in the early 20th Century.
OMF Work Today
Today, we engage and serve East Asia’s Muslims in different locations in a variety of ways. We teach, serve as professionals, run businesses, empower poor communities and contribute to nation building in the countries where we serve. We make friends with our neighbours, build bridges and explore the Scriptures with them; we explain what it means to follow Jesus. We also work with like-minded followers of Jesus in loving and serving our Muslim neighbors with the love of Jesus.
- Millions of people in many people groups spread throughout Southeast Asia and East Asia.
Father, we pray for you to bless the Muslim peoples throughout East Asia. We want to see poor village people, men at the tea shops, fishermen at the beach, women in the markets, students and busy influential people in towns learn more about the love of Jesus. Lord, please bring harmony and trust to people of different faiths living together in community.