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24 May 2017

Fearing the Jinn

Jenny was an English teacher at a high school in a small town in China where we were working to set up a summer English program. She was assigned to be our liaison with the school, which she was very happy about as it gave her a chance to practice her English.

Most people like Jenny who live in small towns like hers dream of one day getting to the provincial capital city. But Jenny yearned for more. She wanted to earn a Masters degree in Education from a large regional city – a rare opportunity for a Hui teacher from the countryside. While discussing her dream over dinner one night, we were interested to hear Jenny talk about the need to get home before it got dark outside. We asked her why.

She said, “After dark, the Jinn (spirits) come out.”

Fear of spirits is common among Muslim groups in China and other parts of Asia. Pray for Jenny and others like her to have freedom from fear.