What is the future for China's Uyghurs, a people with a rich and centuries-old Turkic culture severely oppressed by China's government? Millions of Uyghurs live in China's northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, now a police state that imprisons well over one million Uyghurs in brutal "re-education" camps. Although almost all Uyghurs are Sunni Muslim, they mix their Islam with folk religion.
Their community oriented culture and religion face serious threats. Such a situation makes them less open to outside ideas. Few Uyghurs are open to Christ and Han Chinese Christians have little interest in reaching them.
The Uyghurs may listen to believers who demonstrate the compassion and love of the only Savior. Their language contains the complete Bible, the JESUS Film and many audio and visual materials based on the Bible.
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn." Isaiah 61:1-3a
Pray for these blessings for today’s people group!
A small but growing number of Uyghur believers live in nearby Central Asia. Pray that they would be strengthened in their faith and filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Ask God to disciple Uyghur believers to start a Disciple Making Movement for Uyghur communities throughout China. Pray God would stir Chinese Christians to intercede for and reach out to China's suffering Uyghurs. Ask that suffering Uyghurs would experience God's comfort from within re-education camps and broken homes.
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