Of China’s 56 officially recognized ethnic minorities, 26 of them reside in this region. But the number of unrecognized people groups in this area are well into the hundreds. We spent many years traveling and ministering among unreached peoples in this area. Just to get to their area would take 24 hour by bus. The rough roads, strong Buddhist presence and governmental persecution made it even more difficult to see the gospel take root. But we knew the heart of God longed for these people to come to know him, and so we persevered until 26 Tribes outreach center was established in 2009. Many methods of outreach have been utilized during the years of ministry here, specifically helping underprivileged children, serving Buddhist monks, manual field labor alongside local farmers, evangelism, discipleship and life of life care. Through the faithful holistic care of our local missionaries, we are seeing many more come to know the Lord.
We desire to plant thriving Christian churches among multiple people groups surrounding the 26 Tribes outreach center. Through the concerted efforts of indigenous missionaries and local Chinese churches, our heart is to inspire people to adopt unreached people groups, and commit to a focused vision of seeing the name of Jesus established among them. We host discipleship and leadership training with a heart to create Great Commission Christians.
A church for young working class out-of-state Chinese and local ethnic people groups has been established in the city where 26 Tribes outreach center resides. The church is now able to financially sustain most of their financial needs, and they are now also giving to help pioneer other outreaches. Buddhist monks in the city are a ministry target and are being served both spiritually and physically. Many monks have been given a chance to hear the good news of salvation for the very first time. Surrounding villages are being impacted with weekly visits from our local missionaries who minister to children and families. Many of them are now part of church gatherings.
There still exists a need for prayer against the strong Buddhist presence and ancestral worship. There are a number of young people who are willing to serve in ministry, but because of the poverty among their own families, they are forced to continue working secular jobs to sustain family needs. Poverty in the villages is a real struggle, and so many young and middle aged people leave the village for the city, leaving grandparents and young children behind. Please pray for more harvesters in this area. Every month we need $700 to help sustain our local missionaries’ living expenses and outreach center rent.