Central Asia

CENTRAL ASIA: Reaching Muslim Minorities in Restricted Nations

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” ~John 12:24

The Uyghur People
The Uyghurs are the second largest Muslim unreached minority people group in China (Hui people being the first), with 99% of their 12 million Turkic people comprising of Muslims, and less than 1% Hindu. Due to numerous devastations from extremists groups, the last 10 years have brought unprecedented worldwide media exposure for the Uyghurs. In 2013 alone, an attack at Kunming in March, a bombing in Shanghai in April, and an explosion of a railway in the capital of the Xinjiang province in May were all attributed to Uyghur separatists. The Xinjiang autonomous region in China has had a long history of discord between Chinese authorities and the indigenous ethnic Uyghur population.

Xinjiang province accounts for one-sixth of China’s area and half of its population is Uyghur, hence the significance to the Chinese authorities. For decades, Uyghurs, who are Turks by culture, have lacked a basic sense of belonging, and there has been a deficit of trust with the majority Han ethnic group. While Chinese officials work hard to promote ethnic unity and praise Uyghurs, irrepressible social media has displayed an “ugly face” of Uyghurs widespread enough to be seen by every Chinese citizen, making them the usually targets for criticism. Many people in China today typically equate Uyghur with terrorism, thus associating Uyghur terrorists with the entire Uyghur population. With this nationwide racism, the “ugly face” of Uyghurs online could be contributing to the Uyghur’s feelings of alienation which only further increases ethnic tensions.

Due to the sensitive nature of this project, further information is available upon request at info@jordanlewismissions.org.

The Missionary - From Darkness To Light
Petra is a young Uyghur MBB with a passion to reach the Turkic people of Asia. He came to the United States in obedience to the Lord in 2013, with a hunger to receive ministry and Bible Training. Walking in faith, not knowing whom he would stay with or where he would receive the Bible Training, he booked a six-month ticket. During this journey of faith, he met Pastor Ron who, along with many other King’s Park and Every Nation New York City leaders, ministered to and bonded with Petra over his six months in the USA.

Petra met Jesus in 2006 by reading a tract he was given at a summer camp. It was at that camp that Petra met John who gave his life to Christ 10 years prior at a Campus Harvest conference at King’s Park. John served as a volunteer campus minister in New York, and introduced Petra to Pastor Ron.

When Petra came to King’s Park in 2013, he was deeply hurt, dejected, and traumatized by an earlier imprisonment. Though brief, his time in prison was cruel. Being falsely accused, he was repeatedly tortured, and nearly died. After numerous hours of deep ministry, Jesus replaced his mistrust and fear with an undeniable wholeness. No less than a dozen King’s Park leaders prayed over Petra imparting faith, and prophetically confirming his apostolic calling. Petra has returned to his home country with plans of opening a business as both a way to serve and to reach his province with the Gospel.

Due to the sensitive nature of this project, further information is available upon request at info@jordanlewismissions.org.

Due to the sensitive nature of this project, further information is available upon request at info@jordanlewismissions.org.
Outside a home in Central Asia

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