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Kazak, Qinghai of China
In 1936 a group of 10,000 Kazaks left northern Xinjiang and migrated south to Qinghai. Beset there by Mongol nomads, the Kazaks moved further south in 1939, only to be caught and massacred by a local warlord. Of 10,000 Kazaks, they say all but 700 perished. Today they have recovered to become a commune of about 2,000 semi-nomads.
They reside in a remote area of western China.
Although they claim to be Muslims, the Qinghai Kazaks are essentially animists. They also engage in ancestor worship. They are surrounded by Tibetan Buddhists on every side but have stubbornly refused to embrace their religion. They may be open to the message of Jesus' love and forgiveness - many resources are available in their language.
Pray for those believers that will someday emerge. Pray they will grow in knowledge, and that Godly teachers will help them.
Today the Kazaks of Qinghai are a completely untouched group and have no knowledge whatsoever of Christ or the gospel. Pray that the Lord will work mightily to make his salvation known to these people.
"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'" Isaiah 52:7