Children in Christian families in Central Asia* grow up knowing that their parents might be arrested or imprisoned at any time for their faith. They need encouragement.
In addition, most of the countries in this region prohibit the teaching of religion to children so, in partnership with local Christians, Open Doors organises secret children’s camps. That way, they can learn about Jesus in a fun and safe environment.
Sometimes, children from Muslim families can be found there, too. At one camp, there were a number of Muslim children who seemed intent on challenging everything, claiming themselves as followers of ‘the true religion Islam’. But, to the surprise of everyone, at the end of the week, they all made a commitment to follow Christ – something that would have been very difficult to do in normal circumstances. Can you imagine what might have greeted them on their return? Young people like these run the risk of rejection from their families – and even abuse. They need encouragement, too.
That’s why we’ve launched the Central Asia Children’s Drawing Campaign. It’s a campaign for children in Central Asia to receive encouragement from children in this country.
So, if you have children in your family or church, ask them to send a drawing to Christian children in Central Asia to encourage them to keep following Jesus. These pictures will then be safely shared with children and youth in Central Asia at their summer camps, Sunday services, or with families at training events – in a way that won’t draw unwanted attention.
It will remind children of the persecuted church that they are remembered by a worldwide family of faith, hope and love.
Guidelines for children
• No letters, please – drawings only
• Do not mention Open Doors in the drawings
• You can provide your first name, but don’t add anything else - do not provide your address
• Do not send money or make offers of help.
Please send all of your drawings together in one envelope to Open Doors UK & Ireland, PO Box 6, Witney OX29 6WG.
Please note that this campaign will end on 31 December 2019.
*Where is Central Asia?
Central Asia is a vast region including the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Some would also include Afghanistan, parts of Russia, and Azerbaijan. To find out more, order our family-friendly World Watch Map, or the whole World Watch List Church Pack, and find a children’s activity session based on this drawing campaign inside.