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. The Kirghiz forced the Uyghurs to leave their homeland, and most emigrated to Xinjiang province of western China, where they have remained until today. Today Uyghurs struggle for the survival of their culture, language, and religion in China due to severe and systematic oppression by the Chinese authorities. Recent reports indicate as many as one million Uighurs are imprisoned in Chinese "re-education" camps.
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 and to the Bible. Pray the Lord will start a movement of Uyghur families experiencing God's blessing. Pray that the millions of Uyghurs who have been detained and placed in internment camps would be treated as ones made in God's image. Pray that Uyghur believers would be strengthened in the Lord as they suffer.
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14