Sabtu, 12 Agustus 2017

Hui in China

Hui in China
Numbering over 10 million, the Hui are the largest and most widespread of China's Muslim nationalities, and are widely scattered throughout the country. Their ancestors are largely Arabs, Persians, and Mongols. One of the worst cases of genocide in history occurred between 1855 and 1873 when one million Hui people were massacred. They may be the largest people group in the world without a single known Christian fellowship group, although there are a few scattered believers.
Ministry Obstacles
The Hui have a long history of strong commitment to Islam. In recent years an increasing number of Hui have traveled to Mecca for the annual Haj pilgrimage.
Outreach Ideas
Perhaps the many Han Chinese believers in Jesus will desire to reach out to the Hui people. Pray to this end.
Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few Hui followers of Jesus will desire to find each other in order to fellowship. Pray the Spirit of Christ will protect their faith and send teachers and other helpers.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray the needy Hui people to increasingly be aware of their need for forgiveness of sin, and that Isa (Jesus) has been provided as a sin offering. Pray they will hunger to find out more about this Man, and that this hunger will be satisfied.
Scripture Focus
"You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation." Revelation 5:9

 

People Name: Hui
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 13,446,000
World Population: 13,687,000
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

Ersu in China

Ersu in China
The Ersu believe they will be reincarnated when they die and will come back to the earth as a person in a higher social position if they have lived a virtuous life. They will come back as an animal if they lived a wicked life. This belief results in the Ersu having little motivation to help the afflicted among them, as suffering is considered the consequence of a person's bad karma. The Ersu are officially part of the Tibetan nationality.
Ministry Obstacles
The Ersu may fear disturbing community harmony if they become followers of Christ.
Outreach Ideas
Christian workers need to build good relationships with the Ersu community, earning the right to share the Good News about Christ.
Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be no followers of Christ among the Ersu at present, but pray for those that will soon emerge. Pray they will be zealous to know and serve the Lord, and will be properly instructed in the faith.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Ersu community will increasingly become aware of their need for a savior, and that many will be given faith to believe in Jesus and his finished work on the cross.
Scripture Focus
"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples." Psalm 96:3

 

People Name: Ersu
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 43,000
World Population: 43,000
Language: Ersu
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Questionable Need
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

Kulango, Bouna in Côte d'Ivoire

Kulango, Bouna in Côte d'Ivoire
The Kulango live in a very hot region with only one annual rainy season. They sometimes suffer from dry spells, which makes farming quite difficult. While most of the Kulango continue living as farmers, many of the young people have migrated southward in search of work in the cities. Throughout the centuries, Dyula Muslim traders have come into the Kulango region with the intention of converting the locals to Islam. However, the Kulango have resisted. The majority continue to practice their traditional ethnic religions. The male head of each extended family is responsible for offering sacrifices to the ancestral spirits.
Ministry Obstacles
There are few Christian resources available in the language of the Kulango people. Pray for the soon development of such resources, and for workers to take them to the people.
Outreach Ideas
Pray that Christians from nearby Ghana will develop a desire to take the Gospel message across the border to the Kulango.
Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the small number of Christian believers among the Kulango will experience unity and fellowship around the truth of scripture. Pray for an accurate understanding of how to please God in every way.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray for adequate rainfall to allow farm crops to flourish, and for employment opportunities for the younger people.
Scripture Focus
"The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them." Isaiah 9:2

 

People Name: Kulango, Bouna
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
10/40 Window: No
Population: 241,000
World Population: 272,000
Language: Kulango, Bouna
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

Hamas Calls for ‘Day of Rage’ Over Temple Mount Situation

Hamas Calls for ‘Day of Rage’ Over Temple Mount Situation

Analyst weighs in on risks and highlights
By Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net)
temple mount smallerJERUSALEM, ISRAEL (ANS – July 30, 2017) -- The Islamist terror militia Hamas declared itself scandalized Wednesday (July 26) following a decision by the EU Court of Justice to keep it on a terrorist blacklist, calling for a “day of rage” to occur Friday, July 28 to protest against the “injustice” of the decision.
A Hamas statement also pointed out the installation of cameras on the Temple Mount by Israeli security forces as an example of the gratuitous “oppression.”
Hamas said Palestinians “needed to rise up and demonstrate their unwillingness to be subjected to,” according to a news article from the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, written and compiled by Aaron Hecht (https://int.icej.org).
The statement by a senior Hamas official also appeared to take credit for an Israeli decision to remove the metal detectors which had previously been installed at the entrances to the Temple Mount, saying “The steadfastness of the residents of Jerusalem surprised the occupation with their determination and sacrifice.”
He added a demand for the Arab and Moslem governments of the world to “use all diplomatic tools against Israel to dissuade them from continuing to harass al-Aksa Mosque.”
PLO spokesman Osama Qawasmeh announced this week that a meeting of the leadership of Palestinian organizations had resulted in a unanimous vote to not pray inside the Al-Aksa Mosque “until the situation will return to how it was before July 14, and Israel will remove all obstacles and reopen all of the [Temple Mount’s] gates without any conditions or restrictions.”
He added that the PA had exhorted Moslems to “stand by the Jerusalemites in the coming days and pray in the street and not in the mosques.”
PLO Executive Committee member Wassal Abu Yusef told Ma’an News Agency: “The leadership stressed the continuation of regular activity, support for Jerusalemites in all possible ways and even the escalation of popular resistance in the aim of restoring the situation in east Jerusalem to pre-July 14 conditions, by the removal of all obstacles set by Israel.”
In a video, posted to the ICEJ website, Ambassador Dore Gold, an Israeli diplomat who has served in various positions under several Israeli governments, offers his analysis of the Temple Mount Situation here https://youtu.be/oMcdpSEcAik .
Ambassador Gold is the current President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and was an advisor to the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his first term in office. In May 2015, Netanyahu named him Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Gold said that it’s extremely important to remember where the current crisis about metal detectors on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem came from.
“As you recall, it all started when guns were smuggled onto the temple Mount and actually used against two Israeli officers -- Sathawi and Shnan -- both of whom were killed as a result of these illegal firearms that were brought into a holy site.  This should not have come as a surprise.”
Gold said that we have been witnessing, over the last two decades, that holy sites across the Middle East have lost their traditional immunity.
“There has been a tangible escalation of attacks on holy sites across the Middle East and South Asia. Everyone remembers at the time of 9/11 an attack by the Taliban against 2,000-year-old Buddhist statues in the Bamyan Valley of Afghanistan that were dynamited.
“Closer to home, we also recall that there were attacks in areas controlled by the Palestinians such as Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus and perhaps, more notably, the attack by a joint Hamas-Fatah cell against the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where clergy were taken hostage and many religious icons were stolen.”
Gold said that what hasn’t been sufficiently noted is that in this period of increasing attacks on holy sites mosques have also become a fair target for Islamic extremists. Even this past year Saudi Arabia foiled a Suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest site for Muslims around the world.
“A year ago there was another attack on The Prophet’s Mosque in Medina where four Saudi Arabian security officials were killed. And everyone’s been talking about Mosul lately because of the victory over ISIS (Islamic State). But recall that this year the 800-year-old Nuri Mosque was attacked by that organization and destroyed. 
“So not only have churches been attacked, not only have religious sites of the Jews been attacked and Buddhists, but even Mosques have been attacked -- whether they are Sunni or Shiite.”
miAmbassadorDoreGold07 30 2017Gold went on to say that given this wave of attacks, all governments around the Middle East feel the necessity to put in place security measures that will prevent Jihadi organizations from carrying out their plans.
“Take Saudi Arabia -- the caretaker of the grand Mosque in Mecca -- where it has put in place a system of 5,000 security cameras and an elaborate command center where the entire mosque area can be monitored.  The use of electronic systems to counter the efforts to attack holy sites is well established.  And Israel of course had to find a method that would be relevant for deterring and preventing attacks against the holy sites in Jerusalem, and in particular the Temple Mount.”
Gold stated that it’s clear that the problem on the Temple Mount over the last two weeks had nothing to do with metal detectors.
“Anything Israel would try to put in place would produce a very strong reaction for reasons that have nothing to do with electronics and preventing terror. What has been motivating many young Palestinians, who are outside of the temple Mount area protesting, has been a complete falsehood spread by certain organizations in the Middle East to the effect that it’s Israel’s intention to destroy the Al-Aqsaa Mosque. This myth was originally begun by the infamous Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammad Amin al-Husayni  back in 1929.”
He said it has stayed with Muslim extremists since that time and every 4 or 5 years returns in greater force.
“Now, who has been behind spreading this falsehood?  You actually have to go to (an) Israeli Arab town…where you’ll find an individual…who has been convening over the last decade large rallies with huge posters asserting that Al-Aqsa is in danger,” Gold said.
Beyond Israel, Gold said, “there’s Yusuf al-Qaradawi the spiritual head of the Muslim Brotherhood, who sits in Qatar no less, who has been asserting that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in greater danger than ever before. Young people hear these stories and are convinced that if they don’t take active measures, then their cherished mosque is at risk.”
He said the main theme of the incitement over the last two weeks is that the metal detectors were introduced to the Temple Mount in order to desecrate a religious holy site.
“The exact opposite is true. The metal detectors were put in place to protect a holy site. A holy site for Jews, for Muslims, and for Christians,” Gold said.
“So even if you solve other problems of what kind of sensors you want to put in place to prevent terrorists from coming up on the Temple Mount, even if you remove the metal detectors, you’re going to be left with the incitement that is the principal cause of the violence to begin with.”
Gold concluded: “This is why, when the issue of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is discussed at the UN in Washington, London, or Paris, if the issue of religious incitement is not explicitly addressed, then the seeds will still be left in place for the next round of violence ahead.”
Tensions on the Temple Mount seemed to have calmed over the weekend, and Israel has removed the security procedures it put in place after the two policemen were killed on July 14. Authorities are now giving access only to men over 50.
Photo captions: 1) The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 2) Ambassador Dore Gold. 3) Michael Ireland.
Michael Ireland useAbout the Writer: Michael Ireland is a volunteer internet journalist serving as Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as an Ordained Minister, and an award-winning local cable-TV program host/producer who has served with ASSIST Ministries and written for ANS since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. You may follow Michael on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Ireland-Media-Missionary-234951783610/ and on Twitter at @Michael_ASSIST.  Please consider helping Michael cover his expenses in bringing news of the Persecuted Church, by logging-on to: https://actintl.givingfuel.com/ireland-michael
** You may republish this or any of or ANS stories with attribution to the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net). Please also tell your friends and colleagues that they can get a complimentary subscription to ANS by going to the website and signing up there.

Chrame in China

Chrame in China
The Chrame are a member of the Tibetan nationality, but feel they have little in common with the Tibetans. All Chrame adhere to Tibetan Buddhism. It forms a major part of their ethnic and cultural identity. The Chrame inwardly long for the restoration of their kingdom and their former prestige among the other peoples of the area. The Chrame are one of the most unreached people groups in China. There has never been a single known Chrame church or Christian believer.
Ministry Obstacles
No Christian presence or history among the Chrame provides little point of reference for Christian witness.
Outreach Ideas
Christians need to establish relationships with this people group, building bridges of friendship.
Pray for the followers of Christ
Even though there are no followers of Jesus presently among the Chrame, pray for those that will one day soon come forth. Pray they will have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Chrame will increasingly feel their need for forgiveness of sin, and will seek a Savior.
Scripture Focus
"And those who lead many to righteousness [will shine] like the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:3

 

People Name: Chrame
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 49,000
World Population: 49,000
Language: Pumi, Northern
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

Amdo, Rongba in China

Amdo, Rongba in China
There are two main branches of Tibetan peoples in Tibet, the Amdo and the Kham, with many subgroups. Today, Tibetan society has two basic levels: the family and the social classes (commoners, clergy, and nobility). Polyandry (a woman who has several husbands) is socially accepted and very common. The only exception is among the Amdo, who are usually monogamous. The ability to endure harsh conditions has made the Tibetans one of the most rugged peoples in the world.
Ministry Obstacles
Tibet is a difficult area to enter. Conditions are harsh, and access is limited.
Outreach Ideas
Much sustained and focused prayer is needed for the Tibetans. Pray the Lord will give these people hungry hearts to seek him.
Pray for the followers of Christ
There are only a few followers of Christ among the Amdo Buddhists, and they need our prayers. Pray their faith will be protected and nourished, and that they will become mature in the faith. Pray the Lord will help them to be faithful witnesses for himself.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the hardy Amdo to live in peace with the Chinese authorities, and to be able to properly care for their families.
Scripture Focus
"Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth." Psalm 67:4

 

People Name: Amdo, Rongba
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 158,000
World Population: 158,000
Language: Tibetan, Amdo
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

You May Be Their Only Advocate

Worth Every Step


Chances are, you’re a believer today because someone fought for your faith. Maybe you can picture a specific face — the person who spent long nights praying for you. They cared enough to advocate for your relationship with God when you were still a long way off.
But what if things were different? What if you hadn't known anyone who would fight for your faith?
For millions of people around the world, this is reality. They are far from God, and they don't know a single person who can help them close the distance. They may not even know one believer.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
$50 Reaches 150 Families
When you give, you mobilize a passionate force of believers who will go to great lengths to reach the lost. Your gift sends missionaries directly to people’s homes with a personal message of Good News.
Do you remember that initial shock of joy when you first met God, and you realized your life would never be the same? Today, you can pave the way for people around the world to experience that same joy.
Would you become an advocate for the lost to know Jesus?