The Dongxiang live in Northern Asia and number about 623,000; their name is pronounced “dong-shee-ung”. The Dongxiang people were originally known as Mongolian Huihui. The Dongxiang follow Islam with the majority belonging to an Old Sect of Islam which worships at the graves of Muslim saints. Those belonging to the New Sect are seen as reformers and fundamentalists. However, because the Dongxiang are involved in drugs and prostitution, they are considered outsiders by other Muslims. They live in an arid and desolate region and are isolated from the majority of Northern Asia due to geographical and language barriers.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
There aren’t any known believers among the Dongxiang of Northern Asia. While there have been efforts to share the gospel among the Dongxiang none have come to faith in Jesus. Pray for workers who are willing to sow seeds as they live among the Donxiang and learn the Donxgiang language.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
There is a church in a nearby province but the believers of this church have said that they believe “it is impossible to reach the Dong Xiang”. Pray for faith to be increased among these believers and for efforts that have taken place in prior years to be fruitful.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please take a few minutes to pray for the following:
- Considerable violence exists between the Old and New Sects of Dongxiang Muslims. Pray for peace among this unreached people in their struggle to find an identity both inwardly and in relation to the rest of the country.
- Pray that the Dongxiang, who are almost completely isolated from the gospel, would encounter a contextualized witness of God’s grace and mercy.
- Pray that the church would be planted among the Dongxiang so that this group of outsiders would find a place of belonging in the Father.