The Uyghurs live in the western portion of China. Their origins can be traced back to Turkish nomads who lived in the former Soviet Union, south of Lake Baikal. In 840 AD they were forced by the Kirghiz to leave their homeland, and most emigrated to Xinjiang province of western China, where they have remained until today. The strategic location of their oasis homes allowed them to be the "middlemen" for commerce between the orient and Europe.
For a Uyghur to follow Christ is to lose much of his place in family and community.
Christians need to form bridges of friendship with the Uyghurs, serving them materially and physically as well as spiritually.
There are few Christian believers among the Uyghurs of China. Pray that they will become effective and fruitful in sowing God's Word among their families and communities to fuel a movement of God's blessing spreading from household to household.
Pray that Uyghur families will increasingly be drawn to Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih), and to the Bible. Pray the Lord will start a movement of Uyghur families experiencing God's blessing.
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14