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Uygur Maze

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The Uygur child in this maze needs help finding the way home from the garden. Print the maze and see if you can help.

Uygur Calligraphy

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Calligraphy is a respected art among the Uygurs. Print these Uygur phrases in calligraphy and see if you can copy them. Uygur is written from right to left instead of left to right like English.

Differences Between Uygurs and Han Chinese People

Han Chinese
People Uygurs are a mostly-Muslim people group living mainly in northwest China in the Xinjiang region. They speak the Uygur language. They have different ancestors than Han Chinese people. The Han Chinese are the main people group in China. They speak Chinese.
Uygur Lands Some Uygurs would like Xinjiang to break away from China. China’s government has sent many Han Chinese people to live in Xinjiang. They believe the region will not break away from China if more Han Chinese people live there.
Food Uygur Muslims do not eat pork. Bread is the Uygurs’ main food. Han Chinese eat pork and have different favorite foods then Uygurs. Rice is their main food..
Predjudice Many Uygurs think of Han Chinese people as enemies. Some Han Chinese people do not like or trust Uygurs.
How Many Gods? Uygur Muslims worship Allah. Traditional Chinese religions teach about many gods. Communism, the form of government in China, teaches that belief in God is not important. More and more Han Chinese people are becoming Christians.
Eternity Muslims believe in a Judgment Day when Allah decides whether or not to let them into paradise. They believe the decision is based on Allah’s will and on how many good deeds the Muslim has done. Traditional Chinese religions do not teach about a final judgment. Communist teachings say there is not eternal life. (Read John 3:16 to see what the Bible says.)

Sun-Hee and Su-Ah

Sun-Hee and Su-Ah
Sun-Hee and Su-Ah

Sun-Hee and Su-Ah are Mr. Choi’s daughters. Mr. Choi is a South Korean Christian who helps North Koreans who have fled from the bad conditions in their homeland. He and his family used to live in China.

Chinese officials put him in prison because he helped North Koreans who had escaped to China. (Read more about his time in prison in the story “North Korea and China: In Prison for Doing Good.”) Sun-Hee and Su-Ah tell more about their lives below.

When we lived in China, I had a good time with my family going to church and traveling together. Our own driver picked me up from school every day. My mother and father tried to buy everything I wanted.

My father always told me that there were many people who really need help. He encouraged me to help the poor. He was arrested by the government of China because he helped poor North Koreans and shared the gospel with them.

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In Prison for Doing Good

North Korea

“The most evil feeling in the world is hate. … Christ alone can help us overcome these feelings. With his help, we are able to forgive and love.” — Mr. Choi, a Korean Christian who went to prison for helping refugees from North Korea

Mr. Choi is a Christian from South Korea. He, his wife, and his two daughters lived in China, where Mr. Choi was a missionary.

In China, he met North Koreans who had escaped from miserable conditions in their country. People in North Korea have little freedom, and many are very poor. “I wanted to minister to them,” Mr. Choi said.

Mr. Choi began talking with North Koreans as he helped them with their problems. “As we did things together, I led by Christ’s example,” he said. “I wanted to see them gain independence as Christians so they would be strong if they ever found themselves back in North Korea.”

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