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Xinjiang is an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China. It is a large, sparsely populated area which takes up about one sixth of the country's territory. Xinjiang borders the Tibet Autonomous Region to the south, Qinghai and Gansu provinces to the southeast, and Mongolia to the east.

"Xinjiang" or "Ice Jecen" in Manchu, literally means "New Frontier", a name given during the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China. It is home to a number of Turkic ethnic groups, the largest of which are the Uyghurs. The region is often referred to as Chinese Turkestan or East Turkestan.

Mildred Cable

1878 ~ 1952

Founded a girls school to train Chinese women to be evangelists and leaders.

Affiliation: China Inland Mission  |  Other Locales:

Emil Fischbacher

1903 ~ 1933

English medical missionary who devoted his life to the minority peoples of Xinjiang.

Affiliation: China Inland Mission

Evangeline and Francesca French

1869 ~ 1961

Courageous women missionary pioneers in central Asia.

Affiliation: China Inland Mission  |  Other Locales:

Bento de Goes

1562 ~ 1607

First Jesuit missionary to cross Asia en route to China.

Affiliation: Society of Jesus

George W. Hunter

1861 ~ 1946

China Inland Mission missionary in Turkestan.

Affiliation: China Inland Mission  |  Other Locales:

Percy Cunningham Mather

1884 ~ 1933

Missionary pioneer of the China Inland Mission in Central Asia; linguist and translator.

Affiliation: China Inland Mission  |  Other Locales:

Otto F. Schoerner

1906 ~ 2008

American medical missionary, who served in Xinjiang and Gansu for 20 years; President of the Borden Memorial Hospital, Lanzhou, Gansu.

Affiliation: China Inland Mission  |  Other Locales:

Zhao Maijia

1919 ~ 2007

Pioneer of the “Back to Jerusalem” movement.

Affiliation: Gospel Mission Group

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