April 27, 2022

A Bridge to Reconciliation

Uyghurs who have been able to flee China and escape efforts to round up and “re-educate” them have ended up in North American cities including Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

Having faced the largest arbitrary detention of religious and ethnic minorities since World War II, they are understandably cautious about discussing religion.

Who will reach out to the world’s migrant Uyghurs? For people of Han Chinese descent, that could be difficult. There’s a long history of animosity between Uyghur and Han people, making it hard for some Han missionaries to reach out in love.

“I feared how my Uyghur friends would treat me,” said one Han missionary. “Jesus began preparing me for that moment ever since He called me to love Uyghurs and show them how there are Han people who are different and willing to be their friends because of the redeeming power of the Gospel and sacrifice of Christ. By God’s grace, I didn’t cancel our meeting but prayed for strength to know how to handle the situation.”

She visited her Uyghur friend Sabriye, hugged her, and begged her forgiveness.

“Please forgive my people,” she said. “I am sorry for what has happened.”

Sabriye was touched by seeing a Han follower of Jesus cross the desert of division between their people groups. Through humble confession, this friendship has deepened, testifying to the power of forgiveness.

Christians in North America who aren’t burdened by these past associations have an opportunity to stand in the gap and take up the call to love our Uyghur neighbors (Micah 6:8).

Pray that more believers will reach out to Uyghurs with the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19).

  • Pray for Uyghurs like Sabriye to follow Christ.
  • Pray for an end to the genocide unfolding in the Uyghur homeland. Pray for every re-education camp to be closed and for an end to the purposeful cultural annihilation.
  • Pray for the Han Chinese churches across North America to serve as agents of reconciliation, healing, and redemption.

 

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