Category Archives: China

China and the Ladakhi

I found out there is a place there where it hardly ever snows even though it is in the mountains! At Sunday School, our teacher told us about a place high in the Himalayan mountains where there is actually a desert. There’s a place, between India and China, where it doesn’t rain much at all, and they only get three inches of snow a year or less! There’s a group of people who live there called the Ladakhi. And when they need water to water their crops, they actually hope for the sun to shine and melt some of the glaciers all around them. I can’t imagine being surrounded by ice and snow but living in a desert. I always thought deserts were hot and dry. But this desert is cold and dry!

A long time ago, a major trading route called the Silk Road went through the area the Ladakhi live in. Missionaries came, and the people had lots of opportunities to learn about Jesus. But, today, there aren’t many Ladakhi who believe in Jesus. Our teacher reminded us of the place in John where Jesus said He is the Living Water. I think that’s something people living in a desert would want to know more about.

“Dear God, please help the Ladakhi people believe in You. Show them how, just like they need the water to feed their crops so they can live, they need You and Your life in their hearts so they can really live, now and forever. Please help them understand. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

PS-Do you like this picture? I do. This picture is from a range of mountains that neighbor the Himalayans, called the Karakoram Range. Like the land of the Ladakhi, it has high peaks, steep sides, and huge glaciers.

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Modern Witnesses: Zafar and Zhang


*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.

This morning, our Sunday School teacher told us about four men who are in prison because of their faith in Jesus. Their names are Zafar Bhatti, Zhang Huamei, Naser Zamen-Dezfuli, and Gao Zhisheng.

Zafar Bhatti is from Pakistan. He was arrested in July 2012 because someone accused him of sending text messages that insulted the religion of most of the people in Pakistan. He has been in prison more than 400 days.

Zhang Huamei is from China. He and four other ministers were arrested in 2009. A mob of people—including police—had attacked members of a Christian church. When Zhang Huamei and the four other ministers tried to go to Beijing to protest the attack on the other Christians, they were arrested. Zhang is still in jail today. He has been in jail more than 1,300 days.

Naser Zamen-Dezfuli is from Iran. He was a pastor at a church in Ahvaz and was arrested when his congregation met for a church service in December, 2011. In February, 2012, he was allowed out on temporary bail, but in October, he was arrested again. He was sentenced to a year in jail and has been there more than 100 days.

Gao Zhisheng is also from China. He has been arrested and put in jail so many times no one knows exactly how many days he has been in prison. He is a Christian, and he has fought for the rights of Christians in China. He has been treated terribly in prison, and his family doesn’t even know where he is all of the time.

These four men, and so many men and women like them, are suffering because they love Jesus and they want the whole world to know that Jesus died on the cross to pay for the mistakes each of us makes. They want them to know that He came back to life again three days later. So many people saw Him—even people who didn’t believe in Him!

We talked again this morning about Hebrews 12:1. It says that we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses.” (KJV) It is talking about people who are brave and do the right thing for God, even when it is terribly hard. They keep trusting Him to take care of them. They make mistakes, and they get sad and scared and want to give up. But they hang in there and they live their lives for God. And in the end, they know they will live with Him forever in Heaven.

“Dear God, please help me to be brave and live for You, no matter what happens. Help me trust You to make things work out right in the end, even if things right now seem awful. Help everyone who is suffering because of their belief in You, and please help their families who miss them. Please help Zafar Bhatti, Zhang Huamei, Naser Zamen-Dezfuli, and Gao Zhisheng to stay strong. Please keep them safe and bring them home to their families soon. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

For a printable version of today’s story, click here.

If you’d like to send a letter to Zafar Bhatti, Zhang Huamei, Naser Zamen-Dezfuli, and Gao Zhisheng to let them know you are praying for them, ask a parent if they can help you do that on

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Modern Witnesses: Xinjiang


*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I told you what our teacher taught us in Sunday School about the Uyghur people of China? Many of them live in a region called Xinjiang in northwest China. (You say that word like “SHIN-jyang.”) There is another group of Christians who live in Xinjiang who are Han Chinese.

Because of things that have happened in the history of the Xinjiang region, many of the Uyghur people don’t trust the Han Chinese people. They don’t want to get to know them or become their friends. They think the Han Chinese are only interested in controlling the land of Xinjiang.

This makes life for Han Chinese in Xinjiang who are Christians very hard. They know that Jesus loves every person, whether Uyghur, Han Chinese, or any other ethnicity. But when they try to tell the Uyghurs about Him, most Uyghurs won’t listen.

Can you imagine what it would feel like to have people not trust you or want to be your friend just because of what family or group of people you are from? That must make the Han Chinese Christians feel awful.

I’m going to pray today that God would help the Han Chinese Christians keep loving the Uyghur people and sharing the Good News about Jesus with their neighbors. And I’m going to pray for the Uyghur people, too. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, please help every person living in Xinjiang to know You and love You. Help the Han Chinese Christians to keep loving their Uyghur neighbors and showing them how much You love them, even when their neighbors don’t always understand. Help the Uyghur people to hear about how much You love them. Help them to listen to Uyghur Christians and Han Chinese Christians and join the one big family of believers that You are making. Thank You that in Your family it doesn’t matter where a person is from or what their ethnicity is. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you’d like a printable copy of today’s story, click here.

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Modern Witnesses: Uyghur

China map

*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.

Today in Sunday School we learned about a group of people who live in China and a few of its neighboring countries. They are the Uyghur people, and only a few of them believe in Jesus. The first thing our teacher taught us about the Uyghurs is how to saw their name. People in different parts of the world say it differently, but the way she said it was “WEE-gur.”

The Uyghur who live in China live mostly in the Xinjiang region in northwest China. (You say that word like “SHIN-jyang.”) The land has many high mountains and a huge desert called the Taklamakan Desert. Many of the Uyghur people grow things like grapes, melons, and other fruits by bringing the water from the mountains down through pipes into the desert.

There used to be many Uyghur Christians in Xinjiang, but a man named Abdullah Khan came in 1933, forced the missionaries to leave, and killed an awful lot of Uyghur Christians.

It is still very dangerous to be a Christian Uyghur in China. You could lose your job if someone finds out about your faith. Your family might throw you out or say terrible things about you. Christian Uyghurs who are old enough to marry and have families have another problem. Because there are so few Christians among them, and they want to marry someone who shares their faith in God, sometimes there isn’t anyone around to meet and marry. Families are ashamed if they have a son or daughter who doesn’t get married, so this can cause even bigger problems for the Christians and their families.

Being a Christian Uyghur can mean something even worse. It can mean being put in jail. The government doesn’t want any of the Uyghurs to be Christian, and they really don’t want anyone preaching to them or telling them about Jesus. In 2008, a man named Alimujiang Yimiti was arrested and charged with telling Uyghurs about Jesus. He has been in prison almost 2,000 days. He misses his wife and his two boys very much. He has been sentenced to serve 15 years in jail. His wife used to be allowed to visit him once a month, but recently the prison officials changed their minds and said she can only see him once every three months.

I can’t imagine how hard it would be to only see my family a few times a year. There are ways we can help Alimujiang, his family, and the other Uyghur Christians in China. We can pray for them every day. And, with a parent’s permission, you could send Alimujiang a letter. The letters encourage Christian prisoners and tell them that people have not forgotten them, that there are people praying for them. You can read more about how to send a letter here.

If you want to learn even more about the Uyghurs, our teacher gave us all a book full of stories and activities to do. She said I could tell you where to find it so you could learn more, too. The book is free from Kids of Courage, part of the Voice of the Martyrs, here.

“Dear God, please help the Uyghurs who believe in Jesus to follow you no matter what. Help them not to feel alone or forgotten. Please take care of Alimujiang and his family. Please let him get to go home to be with them soon. And please help the people in Xinjiang, and all over China, who don’t know You yet to hear how much You love them and trust You as their Savior. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you’d like a printable copy of today’s story, click here.

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The A Che People of China

This morning, our Sunday School teacher taught us about a group of people called the A Che. The A Che people live mostly in southwest China, and they have very little contact with Christians. In fact, no one knows if there are any A Che people who believe in Jesus Christ. There are no Bibles in their language, and they cannot speak or read Chinese. They live in some very hard-to-reach places, far from anyone who could tell them about God’s love.

They believe in many different gods. They believe they used to be close to their gods but that their ability to communicate with them has been broken and they can no longer enter heaven.

Someone needs to tell the A Che about the one true God who made them. The A Che need to understand that our relationship with God has been broken because of our sin. Can you imagine how excited some of the A Che would be to learn that God made a way to fix our broken relationship with him?

Will you pray with me for the A Che?

“Dear God, please help the A Che people to hear the most wonderful news, that you sent Jesus to pay for our mistakes. Help them understand that because of Jesus, our relationship with God can be made right again. Help them know that God wants them to live with him forever, just the way he always intended. Thank you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

China-Dai Lu

Today, our teacher told us about the Water Throwing Festival.  I’d never heard of such a thing.  Because of an old legend, the Dai Lu people in China have a festival at the beginning of every year called the Water Throwing Festival.  They splash water on each other in order to try to wash away their sins.  Then, during the new year, they do as many good things as they can so they won’t be punished after they die.

Most of them don’t know that water can’t wash away our sins.  Only Jesus’ death and His resurrection can save us.  He washes us clean from all the wrong we have done.  And He helps us do good things because we love Him, not because we’re afraid of being punished.

“Dear God, please help the Dai Lu people.  Please help them learn that water can’t take away their sins—only You can.  Please help them learn about Jesus’ death and resurrection, and help them to trust You to take them to Heaven after they die and not be afraid.  Thank You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”