July Focus: Peoples of East Asia
Who They Are
The Least Reached Peoples of East Asia are a complex bloc of peoples that follow their ethnic religions and have resisted the influences of Islam, Buddhism and Christianity. Most of these peoples are in China. Although the gospel is spreading rapidly in China, there are certain subgroups among the Chinese that are more resistant to the gospel. China is more like a continent than a country. In the past, there were over 2,000 mutually unintelligible Chinese languages! Some of these historic differences are still significant barriers to the spread of the gospel.
There are also many non-Chinese peoples in China and S.E. Asia that follow their traditional religion, honoring (and fearing) their ancestors and appeasing spirits to maintain harmony and good fortune. There are about 200 such related peoples in China and SE Asia. Also included with this bloc of Asian peoples are the three million Parsees of Iran, Afghanistan and India. These groups follow the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism. There are no known believers among them.
What God Is Doing
Though there are significant cultural differences between the Chinese believers and the minority peoples of China, many missionaries from the house-church movement are beginning to reach out to them. Among the North Korean refugees in China, a significant revival is beginning, resulting in thousands coming to Christ.
How To Pray
-Ask the Lord for many more Chinese house-church missionaries to be sent out to the unreached tribes in China and SE Asia.
-Pray for the governments of China, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and North Korea, which are opposed to Christianity.
|January||East African Muslims||100,000,000|
|February||West African Muslims||120,000,000|
|March||North African Muslims||100,000,000|
|June||SE Asian Muslims||200,000,000|
|July||East Asian Peoples||100,000,000|
|September||South Asian Muslims||400,000,000|
|October||Central Asian Muslims||150,000,000|