The Dongxiang are one of East Asia’s largest Muslim people groups, with a population of over 622,000 in China. Pray for China’s government as they seek to improve education levels in poor Dongxiang areas.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
— Isaiah 43:19
China’s Muslims love to eat noodles and flat bread (like Nang 馕 and Bing 饼). Praise God that he cares for our needs and pray for his daily provision for 23 million Muslims in China’s Silk Road regions.
Mandarin Chinese is the national language in China, but many from ethnic minorities don’t speak it fluently. Pray for good work opportunities for those who do not speak the national language well. Pray also for opportunities for them to increase their fluency in Mandarin.
Isa (the Arabic name for Jesus) is honoured in the Qur’an and Muslims believe that he is a prophet. Pray that Muslims in East Asia will be curious about Jesus and will have opportunities to find out more about him.
Praise God that He knows the language, location, and heritage of each people group. Pray for each person in each of the various Silk Road people groups in East Asia. May they discover that they are known and loved by God.
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.