The word "Uzbek" is most likely derived from two Turkic words to form the phrase "genuine man." The Mongol leader who developed this name unified the Uzbek people and converted them to Islam. The Uzbeks' Islamic faith permeates much of their lives. When the Chinese government ordered that all children be educated at Chinese schools, the Uzbeks refused to send their children to schools that taught atheism. The Uzbek are often considered the most devout Muslims and get most of their income from trade in their part of northwestern China.
Because the Uzbek are committed Muslims, they can become aggressive when challenged on their worldview. Therefore, sharing the gospel with them could potentially be physically dangerous.
Helping them with needed medical care can be a good way to gently bring the gospel in, pointing the Uzbeks to the perfect Physician. Muslims already understand that Jesus is a healer.
"Their offspring shall be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are an offspring the LORD has blessed." Isaiah 61:9
Pray that those who live near today’s people group will want their spiritual blessings after they submit to the Lord Almighty.
Pray that Uzbek followers of Christ would stand firm in an environment that is unwelcoming to anything except Islam. Pray that these believers would be discerning in determining the most effective method of evangelism. Pray that the Uzbeks would turn away from dogmatic Islam and open their hearts to the true prophet, priest and king, the one who desires nothing but a repentant and contrite heart. Pray that their hearts would be softened and for a movement to Christ this decade.
|People Name||Northern Uzbeks|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|