SUPPORT THE FUTURE CHURCH IN SOUTH ASIA BY WRITING A LETTER
While the future may appear daunting for pastoral students in South Asia, you can stand with them by writing a letter of encouragement. These leaders of the future church face constant oppression caused by long-standing blasphemy laws which make it difficult to do anything that could be perceived as challenging traditional Islamic authority.
Believers in many countries in South Asia are a small minority, and as a result, are generally treated like second-class citizens. Although blasphemy laws in some of these countries technically make it illegal to insult any and all religions, some Muslim groups use the laws to justify harassing Christians for holding beliefs contrary to Islam. As a result, Christians are regularly subject to violence and harassment as radicalized mobs incite violence against non-Muslims and Muslims alike who don’t line up with a strict interpretation of Islam.
Please join us in supporting the future church in South Asia as Paul instructs us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Your letter may be just the breath of life that these brothers are needing.
Scripture reference is taken from the New International Version.
*Representative names and photos are sometimes used to protect identity.
- Write in simple English and keep your letter brief.
- Be encouraging and include 1-2 Bible verses.
- Show sensitivity; please don’t dwell on their plight or share about the blessings of life in your country.
- Do not mention Open Doors in your letters.
- You may provide your name, but do not provide your full address.
- Do not criticize a country’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system, or political leaders.
- Do not make proposals to help.
If you would like to participate in more opportunities like this, you can regularly participate in writing letters to persecuted Christians in many countries by bookmarking and revisiting our letter writing page.