Do you know that the rate at which Christians are persecuted is increasing on daily basis? Have you ever give it a thought that Christians are spending their energy on things that edifies not?
As the rate of persecution increases in the Church in Turkey, Deaf Christians have not relent in contending for the faith.
Despite continued efforts to squash free speech in Turkey.
This rising persecution isn’t stopping Deaf Christians.
“They’re actually used to persecution in one sense or another,” shares DOOR International’s President and CEO, Rob Myers. “Many of them have grown up in conditions where they’re considered a curse…they are marginalized or disenfranchised.
“Once they find their identity in Christ and they find their identity in who God’s made them to be, they can be fearless witnesses for Him”
Because Deaf people are ostracized in Turkey’s society, reliable population statistics are hard to come by. However, DOOR estimates the number of Deaf in Turkey to be somewhere around 800,000.
A tiny group of Deaf Christians within that 800,000 are doing “amazing” things, Myers shares.
“It’s like Peter and John, who stood before the leaders and the leaders saw their faith and saw the boldness they had. They could see these people had been with Jesus,” he explains, referring to Acts 4 .
“That same thing is happening with these Deaf believers who are taking a stand for their faith. Others are seeing that and wanting to know more, wanting to know who this Jesus is that they’ve given their lives to.”
According to a partnering organization*, Deaf people are beginning to believe in Christ because of the bold faith Deaf Christians are displaying. “They’re also winning hearing people to Christ who see that boldness,” Myers adds.
It’s a little unusual, he notes. In general, hearing people assume that Deaf people aren’t capable of sharing the Gospel. Not only are Deaf believers sharing their faith, they’re living out the words of Ephesians 6:13: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm .”
Door international has a vision to bring God’s Word and biblical Christian fellowship to Deaf communities worldwide…https://www.mnnonline.org/mission_groups/door-international/
The Church of God is marching on and the gate of hell will not prevail over it!