The Dongxiang region is a desolate, arid place with a moon-like landscape. Other Muslims in China do not consider the Dongxiang to be a part of the Islamic faith because of their involvement in drug and prostitution rackets. Not long after the Dongxiang first arrived in China, they were converted to Islam. By 1949, when the Communists took over China, there was one mosque for every 30 Dongxiang homes and one paid Muslim worker for every nine families. The majority of Dongxiang belong to the Old Sect, which emphasizes worshiping at the tombs of Muslim saints. "The remainder belongs to the New Sect, a fundamentalist and reformist group." There were numerous brutal wars between the two Dongxiang sects in the last century.
No scripture is reported as available in the language of the Dongxiang, but Gospel recordings are available.
Perhaps Han Chinese Christians will be led to pray much for the Dongxiang people. Pray the Lord will lead them to do this, and not give up.
There has never been a single known church or Christian among the Dongxiang. The nearest church to the Dongxiang is a Han Chinese fellowship in Linxia. The Christians there, however, believe "it is impossible to reach the Dongxiang."
Please pray the Lord will soften the hearts of the Dongxiang toward the person of Jesus Christ. Only God's Spirit will be able to overcome generations of resistance to the God who loves them.
"Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations." Luke 24:46-47