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

Pray for God’s blessing upon the Hui, Uyghur, Kazak, Dongxiang, Kyrgyz, Salar, Tajik, Bonan, Uzbek and Tatar peoples during the coronavirus epidemic.

Pray against racist attitudes of fear towards Chinese Muslims who are living overseas during the coronavirus outbreak.

Many Silk Road businesses are struggling financially due to restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus. Pray that God would grant them help and security.

Like others in China and around the world, many of China’s Muslims are afraid of the coronavirus. Pray that God will give them deep peace and joy at this time.

Many Silk Road peoples are currently restricted to their housing complexes to prevent spread of the coronavirus. Pray for patience and good relationships between family members who are stuck in close proximity.

People Profile

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.

OMF History

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.

Population

  • Millions of people in many people groups spread throughout Southeast Asia and East Asia.

Religions

  • Islam

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.

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