This year we will be strategically praying for four unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia approximately between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The 10/40 Window is often called “The Resistant Belt” and includes the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists.

Fall 2022
Pray for The Tujia People
East Asia 

Our fourth-quarter unreached people group is the Tujia people of China. “Tujia” means “original inhabitants,” and they are one of China’s officially recognized nationalities. The Tujia are almost ethnically indistinguishable from the Han Chinese. Of the almost 10 million Tujia people, only 170,000 are able to speak their native dialect because all students are taught in Mandarin Chinese after third grade.

Tujia communities have priests called Timo, who act as intermediaries between people and gods. The Timo carry the history, legends, and ancient rites and have the job of exorcising spirits and curing illnesses. The Tujia evoke the spirits of Fuxi and Nuwa, who were the first human beings according to Chinese legend. The ceremony includes supernatural feats such as climbing ladders of sharp knives and walking on hot coals or glass. Christian missionaries first entered Tujia areas with the gospel near the end of the nineteenth century and established a small number of churches, schools, and medical clinics among the Tujia. Today it is estimated that there are between 13,000 and 30,000 Tujia Christians, a tiny proportion for such a large group.

How Can We Pray for Them?

  • Pray that Tujia Christians will be strengthened in their faith so they can be good witnesses for Christ.
  • Pray for the Tujia community to be fully delivered from the influence of evil spirits and pray they will hunger to know the Holy Spirit of Christ.
  • Pray that Han Christians will share the gospel with the Tujia people and that fear of spirits will not inhibit Tujia from listening to the message of Christ.

What is An Unreached People Group?

A people group is defined as an ethno-linguistic group with a common self-identity that is shared by the various members. For strategic purposes it is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.

A people group is considered unreached (UPG) when there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage this people group with church planting. Technically speaking, the percentage of evangelical Christians in this people group is less than 2 percent. South Asia has the largest unreached people group population with 1.5 billion people who have little to no access to the gospel. Of the 11,741 people groups in the world (7.4 billion people), 7,024 are unreached (4.3 billion people).

Unreached people groups are unengaged (UUPG) when there is no church planting strategy, consistent with evangelical faith and practice, under way. Gathering believers and planting churches are the keys to establishing an effective and multiplying presence among these people groups. There are approximately 220 million people worldwide who are unreached and unengaged.

Please join us as we pray for unreached people groups each month. Pray that God will raise up laborers to take the gospel to these parts of the world. Pray for the truth of Christ to overcome the darkness.

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