The Uyghurs

The Uyghurs are a Turkic people who originally lived in Siberia as nomads. For centuries, the Uyghurs were an important link between China and the rest of the world. They lived along the Silk Road and worked as caravan drivers transporting Chinese goods.

Today, it is estimated that around 8.6 million Uyghurs are located in Xinjiang, northwestern China, and in Central Asia significant Uyghur minority communities are found in Kazakhstan (250,000), Kyrgyzstan (150,000) and Uzbekistan (50,000). Islam has been the dominant religion of the Uyghurs since the tenth century.

Serving the Chinese Diaspora

Chinese speakers and churches are scattered all around the world and Jason* and Jane* Lee have taken on the challenge of reaching them. Today they and their co-workers serve in twenty countries through TEE Movers for Chinese Church (TMCC).

When Pastor Jason Lee was expelled from China in 2012, he and his wife relocated to Taipei. There they began translating SEAN courses from the simplified Chinese characters used in China into the traditional characters used in countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and the USA. This meant the TEE materials could be used in many more countries and areas. Suddenly the Lees and the courses were in demand!

Sharing TEE in the Philippines

There have been exciting developments in the use of TEE in a number of places in the Philippines recently. One of these is the opportunity that Bethany Fellowship in Cauayan, Isabela Province, has had to share their experience with churches of other denominations.

Bethany Fellowship has been using TEE for around thirty years. They use Ilokano language translations of basic, practical and foundational training courses for workers and leaders developed by Study by Extension for All Nations (SEAN).

Nepali Diaspora in the UK

An estimated 80,000 Nepalis live in the UK, and their (relatively) high rate of immigration makes them one of the fastest-growing ethnic minority groups in the nation.

A recent study shows that Nepalis in the UK follow a variety of religions and, as in Nepal, many people practise a mix of religions. In the study, 42% follow Hinduism, then Buddhists make up 29%, and only 2.2% of those surveyed are Christians. Even in the UK, Nepalis risk ostracism from family and community if they decide to follow Jesus.

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