Ani of China

Approximately 5,000 people belonging to the Ani tribe live in one small area of southwest China. Today the Ani are being rapidly assimilated into the Han Chinese culture and language. Although they mostly ignore him, the Ani believe in a Creator. Today, most practice simple ancestor worship and believe in spirits that can cause disease if ceremonies are not held to placate them. Catholic and Protestant mission work in Kaiyuan County prior to 1949 failed to impact the Ani people. Although Catholic work began in the late 1800s, the first Protestant missionary in Kaiyuan was an American who came in 1914. Five years after he came, he had won only eight people to Christ. Today there are no known believers among the Ani people.

Ministry Obstacles
Scripture is not reported as available in the primary language of the Ani.

Outreach Ideas
Perhaps some Han Chinese believers near the Ani will be led to take the Gospel of Christ to them. Pray they will be well prepared for this, and will be obedient.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Although there are no known followers of Jesus today among the Ani, please pray for those the Lord will call to himself. They will need prayer support.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Lord is even now preparing the hearts of the Ani to receive the Gospel when it comes to them. If they don't have an interest in the Gospel, it may be meaningless to them.

Scripture Focus
"Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see." Matthew 22:9




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