Pray for good teachers to be willing to work in rural Silk Road areas. As China urbanizes, it can be a significant sacrifice for teachers to serve in countryside schools.
I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
— Jeremiah 32:27
Pray for Han Chinese Christians who are living and working on the Silk Road. Pray that they would be a great blessing to the Muslim communities they serve.
Friendship on China’s Silk Road means sharing food together. Pray for conversations over meals between Christians and Silk Road peoples to be seasoned with grace and truth.
The Tatar are China’s smallest Muslim people group, with a population of around 3,500 in China. Give thanks that, though small in number, each person is known and loved by God.
Forgiveness can be rare in Silk Road communities. Pray for Silk Road Christians to honor God by being trustworthy friends who model godly forgiveness.
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.