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Scriptures: Numbers 13:1–2, 17–26

Memory verse: Numbers 13:2, 26
"Send some men to explore the land...They came back...they reported to them and the whole assembly."


We learned in an earlier study that God directs the movement of migrants. Migrants are people who move from place to place in an effort to find work or better their position in life. Today's study deals with the subject of "research" and the value that God places on this methodology as a tool to be used in fulfilling His purposes.

Research has shown that the migrants are here in Africa. Africa's population is increasing rapidly. According to U.N. estimates, Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050, from 1.1 billion people today to 2.3 billion.

Migrants are on the move to and from cities. Researchers project that between 2010 and 2025, some African cities will account for up to 85% of the continent's population. Some migrants become residents, but many who are unable to achieve their goals return to the village. Thus, there is a constant move between rural areas and cities.

Ask: Do you know anyone who has come to the city and stayed? Anyone who has gone to the city and has now returned to the village? (Allow responses.)

Locating migrants is important. If we do not know where they are staying, who they are and what their needs are, it is impossible to share the love of Jesus with them. Research is necessary in order to gain an understanding of migrants and how we can respond to their spiritual and physical needs.

Hearing God's Word

The Lord used the method of research to prepare the children of Israel to enter the Promised Land following their deliverance from Egypt. (Ask a student to read Numbers 13:1–2.)

Research Assignment

Research must be intentional. It must have a purpose. The researchers need to be assigned, given a specific task and report back on what they found. The Lord instructed Moses to send some men—one leader from each of the 12 tribes of Israel. Their purpose was to explore the land of Canaan that was to be the future homeland of Israel.

Research Objective

The objective of the 12 researchers being sent into the land of Canaan was to bring back enough information to present a clear understanding of the blessings and challenges awaiting Israel. (Ask a student to read Numbers 13: 17–20.)

Ask: What is the most important question Moses gave the researchers? Why? (Allow responses.)

The questions were very specific. They were to gather information that would fully describe the people and the land. Day by day as they passed through new territory and encountered people along the way, they were to systematically ask the same questions.

Research Courage

Moses said to the 12 researchers, "Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land" (Numbers 13:20). Basically Moses was saying to the men, "Do not be afraid. Even bring back some tangible evidence to support your words." It takes courage to meet people, ask the right questions, develop a good relationship and have them share with you what is valuable to them.

Research Takes Time

A casual observance of people and the land can be achieved in a limited amount of time. Gathering detailed information is time-consuming. It may require several conversations with one person or eating a few of their meals in order to sample the quality of their food. Only after enjoying the people, by spending time with them, can a researcher paint the full picture. Gathering data in the land of Canaan took 40 days (Numbers 13:25).

Research Report

Research that is gathered and compiled is of little value unless it is shared. It is extremely important to report back to a person, group or the public. The 12 Israeli researchers upon their return reported immediately to Moses and gave a public hearing. (Ask a student to read Numbers 13:26.)

Accepting God's Word

Good, God-ordained research was necessary in order for Israel to move forward into their future inheritance of the Promise Land. Research is good for you and for our class to move out and touch the lives of migrants living among us.

Today's study introduces the Hui tribe of China. Many of them are living here in Africa. We will be praying for them over the next four weeks. It will please the Lord for us to do some research among the Chinese and other migrants in our schools and communities.

The migrants may be foreigners or students furthering their education or government teachers or those seeking employment or those displaced by war–persecution-drought-resettlement or villagers visiting their relatives.

Ask: Do you know of migrants in your school or community? (Allow responses.)


Ask each student to interview one migrant this week and bring back a report to share with the class. Ask the migrant the following questions:
1. What is your name?
2. Where is your family home?
3. Do you have brothers and sisters? Do you have pictures of them?
4. Are you enjoying your stay in our community?
5. Do you believe in God?
6. May I share my spiritual pilgrimage with you?

Pray every day for the migrant you contacted. Be ready to present a brief report about the person to our class next week so we can join together in prayer for them.

Meet the Hui


China 12,487,000


Islam: 96%               
Born-Again Believers: Few

The Hui are a Muslim people group now considered to be indigenous to China. Their history dates back to the seventh century when, during the Tang Dynasty, Arab and Persian traders travelled the Silk Road routes and established a presence in China.

The Hui have assimilated into Chinese society and lost many original ethnic distinctives.  Only their clothing, diet and religion give them a unique identity. During a recent meeting, a Hui leader indicated that his people are extremely proud to be Muslims and find their cultural identity in the fact that they are Islamic.

The Hui enjoy many privileges that characterize China's ethnic minorities. They receive government subsidies for more expensive foods, such as beef and lamb, and couples are allowed to have more than one child. Their population has increased through migration, intermarriage, and adoption. Hui families often adopt Han children, raise them as Muslims, and accept them as Hui. The government has subsidized the reconstruction of mosques and has given permission for Islamic literature to be published and sold in Hui communities. In 1989, China's first Muslim university opened in Xian.


A strong sense of Muslim identity makes the Hui difficult to reach with the gospel. Han Christians consider the Hui to be so resistant to the gospel that it is not worth the effort to evangelize them. Therefore, although the Hui live in 2,310 of the 2,369 counties and municipalities of China – meaning they are close neighbours to Han Christians – they are culturally and socially without access to the gospel.


We must seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit for a way to contextualize the message of Christ, maintaining all of the essential belief systems of the Christian faith while establishing a cultural and social identity for the Hui. We need modern-day apostles who will join a team of 14 dedicated messengers preparing to cross cultural and linguistic barriers to declare the message of Jesus.

“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul (Hui team) for the work (reach the Hui) to which I have called them" (Acts 13:2). God the Father has reserved a place around His throne for the Hui. It is our responsibility to direct them to their promised position.

Pray for the Hui Tribe

1. Lord to prepare the Hui for harvest,
2. Lord to send workers to gather the Hui into His Kingdom,
3. Our class make themselves available to be those messengers.

Prayer Promise

"Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field"" (Matthew 9:38).

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Memory verse: Numbers 13:2, 26
"Send some men to explore the land...They came back...they reported to them and the whole assembly."

1. Migrants live here in my community.
2. I will find them and become their friend.
3. I will share my salvation story with them.

Pray for the Hui tribe.

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