The Tibetan name for Shanyan means "rough terrain". The people live in a very remote district of China, requiring travel by foot or horseback. Reports indicate they defied imperial rule for over 200 years by relying on their dangerous terrain, and were finally brought under Chinese rule in 1910. They are completely unreached by the Gospel, posing one of the greatest challenges of any Buddhist group in the world.
The Shanyan people have little basis for understanding a creator God who knows and loves them personally. Also, their remote location is an especially difficult barrier.
Sustained, focused prayer is needed for these difficult to reach people. Pray the Lord will prepare their hearts to understand and receive, and pray for dedicated Chinese believers to carry the message to them.
Even though the Gospel message is completely unknown to these people, pray for the followers of Christ that will soon be found among them. Pray the Lord will help them become devoted disciples, firmly planted on the truth of Scripture, and growing in the faith.
Pray for the Shanyan community to be able to cope with the rapidly changing conditions of the 21st century. Pray they will make schooling a priority for the children.
"That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no one else." 1 Kings 8:60