Do you know someone who is deaf? If so, you’re likely aware of the challenges that this can bring. Thankfully, there is often a lot of support from the societies in which we live to help those who are deaf.
But in parts of Central Asia, this is not always the case, because being deaf carries a stigma that brings isolation and rejection, including trouble finding work. This adds to their suffering. In fact, some interpretations of Islam believe that deaf people cannot go to heaven.
Amazingly, the deaf community is home to one of the fastest growing group of believers in Central Asia, helped by Open Doors local partners who work among the community to show how treasured they are by God. This includes training in skills such as computing, make-up and how to repair mobile phones, as well as support for children, including road safety help because of the dangers facing deaf people near roads (this is what is being taught to the young girl in the below video).
The community also provides support to withstand persecution, because those who come to know Jesus from a Muslim background can face hostility from their families and communities.
We’d love to particularly encourage the young people who are involved in this community by inviting you to write to them! They’d love to hear from you and be reminded that, amidst the rejection they can face because of their deafness and faith, their global church family is thinking about and praying for them.
Send your drawings, cards or letters to us at:
PO Box 6
And we'll do the rest!
Please note this campaign ends 31 December 2023. Since we are restricted in the amount of letters we can send to the community, we may have to close the campaign early.
Your support helps persecuted Christians continue to courageously follow Jesus.
Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.