In 2013, China began a huge project to expand trade and infrastructure along the old Silk Road routes. Pray that this “Belt & Road” initiative will improve the quality of life for China’s Muslims.
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
The Tajik are China’s seventh-largest Muslim people group, with a population of around 51,000 in China. They speak Sarikoli and Wakhi (Iranian languages). Pray for them as they increasingly need to learn and use Chinese in daily life.
The Uyghur are China’s second-largest Muslim people group, with a population of over 10 million. Pray for good relationships between them and China’s majority Han people. Pray for peace and stability in the regions that they live in.
Today is the “KaiZhaiJie” Festival (Eid al-Fitr). Some men will worship at the mosque. Most families will feast together. Pray for conversations in China, and in our own lives, about the joy Jesus brings.
China’s Silk Road people will have a “breaking the fast” feast tonight to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Pray that God will bless relationships as families spend time together this evening.
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.