New hope for Waleed – could your church help more like him?
For one deaf boy growing up in the occupied Palestinian territory, the gift he received from a Christian Aid partner has changed his life ...
Choosing the right gift for a loved one can be tricky. Will they like it? Will it be appreciated? Or will it be a gift that is quickly forgotten? For one deaf boy growing up in the occupied Palestinian territory, the gift he received from a Christian Aid partner has gone on to transform his life.
In 2012, Christian Aid’s Christmas appeal focused on Waleed Badir, a Palestinian boy whose hearing difficulties made growing up in conflict in the West Bank (part of the occupied Palestinian territory) an even more isolating and frightening experience.
Waleed was helped by Christian Aid’s partner Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI).
PHRI works to raise awareness of the inequalities in accessing medical treatment experienced by people living under occupation. PHRI gave Waleed a hearing aid and he soon started to make progress.
This year, when Christian Aid visited Waleed again, it was clear that he has gained far more than his hearing. As his speech improves, he is finding it easier to make friends. His improved ability to differentiate between sounds and people’s voices has brought him closer to his family. This has transformed him into a confident, self-reliant boy who is getting on better at school and is able to help his dad after school in the family-run falafel shop.
This Christmas, Waleed and many others like him are enjoying a future filled with new hope. This is thanks to the committed support of churches in Britain and Ireland, which continues to make a difference year on year. Please take the opportunity this Christmas to give thanks and praise to God that his children will continue to grow in peace and courage.
Can you bring stories like Waleed’s to your church?
Would you like to receive stories like Waleed’s on a regular basis? Or be inspired by prayers and worship materials about Christian Aid’s work? The charity relies on a network of churches and supporters in the UK and Ireland to give, act and pray with them on behalf of the world’s poor. Church Contacts help their churches to support Christian Aid all year round.
Could you be Christian Aid’s contact in your church? Church Contacts receive e-mails every month and a folder of church resources four times a year, for Lent, Harvest, Christmas and Christian Aid Week. These include worship and prayer materials, campaign actions and fundraising tools. You can use as many or as few as you wish to get your church involved.