The city of Lijiang currently has a population of 1.2 million
The main languages spoken in Lijiang, China are Naxi and Mandarin
The city of Lijiang is home to the Peoples Group known as the Naxi (pronounced 'Na-She')
Followers of Christ
Less than 1% of the population are Evangelical Christian
There is currently no Naxi translation of the Bible or New Testament
The Naxi are one of the world's least reached peoples for the Gospel
Sharing Hope in a World of Fear
Members of our Midway family have been working in Lijiang, China amongst the Naxi people for years. Their faithfulness to relentlessly love and pursue people with the Gospel is inspiring. Traditionally Naxi are farmers. Living in fear, they seek to appease “gods” in nature and ghosts of ancestors through various offerings and rituals, as well as bowing to the departed at their gravesite. Jesus is calling a people for Himself from the Naxi people in Lijiang. Pray that as they come to faith in Christ they will follow Him to make disciples.
Pray. Send. Go. The Five Cities.
Why Five Cities?
First, we looked at the desperate need the world has for the gospel, and that Jesus is worthy of worship from all peoples everywhere. The fact that people have never even heard the Good News is unacceptable to us, and we knew we had to do something more. We started looking at our strategic partners with the vision of a global impact in mind. We identified five cities that are strategically located around the globe that are full of people who need to hear the Good News, and who can join us in preaching the gospel to the nations.
Where are the cities?
Atlanta, GA; Havana, Cuba; Casablanca, Morocco; Prague, Czech Republic; and Lijiang, China. These five cities strategically place us among different cultures and people, and give us the chance to engage them with life changing news: Jesus is alive and forgiveness of sins and reconciliation to God has come.
What do I do to make a difference?
The responsibility to accomplish the mission is on each of us individually. Some should send, some should go, but all should pray. Our journey as a church to take the gospel to the ends of the earth is one that must be saturated with the prayers of God’s people. So as a LIFE Group, a family, a couple, an individual, join us. Pray for the cities, send workers, and go with us into the cities with the hope of the gospel!