Ten million Hui with no church
By James | China
Warren is from a Hui Muslim home. As his parents have become older, they've also become very devout muslims. But for Warren, life has been busy with running his restaurant business and family responsibilities.
Recently Warren's wife became ill with several chronic health issues. This has left Warren with more responsibilities at home as well as at the business.
Warren's restaurant was across the street from our home and he would often see me cycling around town or heading out for exercise. One day as we ate in his restaurant Warren asked if he could exercise with me. As a result we started to cycle together once a week - sometimes for several hours at a time, followed by refreshments back at his restaurant.
As our friendship deepened Warren shared about his wife's health issues. Along with being able to give some medical advice I promised to pray for his wife. There had been little interest in spiritual conversations up until this time, despite his parents' willingness to talk more deeply in the restaurant about their own uncertainty as they faced eternity.
Warren had never heard about Jesus but he appreciated my prayers and advice for his wife. Eventually, just before we had to leave that place, Warren asked to learn about Jesus while we were out cycling together.
Warren was not a follower of Jesus when we left that town. But he had heard the gospel and been introduced to a website where he could read the Bible online and seek spiritual help. In Warren's town of several hundred thousand there is only one church of people from a different ethnic group. There have been a couple of Hui believers from this area, but it seemed they had to move once they became believers.
Pray Warren and his family would come to know Jesus. Pray also for the millions of Hui who have yet to hear of Jesus and the amazing news of His free salvation. Pray that God would send more workers into this harvest field.
The Huimin (Hui people) are a Mandarin speaking group whose Chinese-Islamic heritage and culture distinguishes them from the Han population. Numbering about 10.6 million, they are descendants of Muslim merchants from Persia and Arabia, as well as Muslim mercenary armies sent to support local dynasties. Pray for workers willing to go among them with humility, vulnerability and respect., helping them to learn how to follow Jesus as Huimin.