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The overwhelming evidence of human rights abuses by the Chinese government in Xinjiang, China, has become widely known. The target is the region’s more than 13 million Muslim-majority Turkic Uyghur and Kazakh ethnic minorities. News reports describe the suffering of more than a million Uyghur Muslims held in prison-like political indoctrination concentration camps. For those not detained, life is lived under ever-present, high-tech surveillance.

What is less appreciated is that those affected include our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. The number of Muslim-background believers among the Turkic minorities of Xinjiang may be small, but God has been building his church. This minority of a minority in the midst of such severe testing needs our prayers to be a beacon of light and hope.

Ways to pray:

  1. Praise God for his unstoppable, saving grace that is moving in the midst of persecuted Uyghur and Kazakh minorities
  2. For God’s transcending, inscrutable peace to guard the minds of Christians when they are tempted to believe that the state is omnipotent and omniscient
  3. For the Bible in Uyghur, either in digital or print form, to be freely accessible in Xinjiang

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6–7

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