Shattering a Very Long Silence

need in AsiaKalem lived as a beggar and, tragically, a leprosy patient. His life as an outcast was filled with poverty and discrimination, but that changed when he met Pastor Paritosh.

Paritosh serves the Lord as a Gospel for Asia-supported missionary in South Asia. Eager to touch as many lives as he could, Paritosh decided to meet the lepers who lived near his village. He found 60 families affected by the disease and began reaching out to them one at a time.

When he met Kalem, he was filled with compassion and started talking to the man—but he got no response. Paritosh found that Kalem not only suffered from leprosy, but he was also mute. The 37-year-old man had never spoken a word in his life.

Paritosh started praying regularly for Kalem. After about a month, miraculously, the leprosy patient began communicating slowly. The Lord was mercifully healing him.

As Kalem’s relationship with Christ grew, so did his ability to speak. Kalem saw that Jesus was someone who cared for those considered the very least. This love was then tangibly demonstrated to Kalem when he received the gift of a weight scale from Pastor Paritosh. This gift enables him to earn his own money in the marketplace as people pay to weigh themselves or their purchases.

Today, Kalem rejoices with new hope thanks to the love of Christ and the compassion of His servants.

Learn more about Gospel for Asia’s Leprosy Ministry

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Ms Popi Makgobi (SPN)

    Jesus performs the unfathomable, it might seem surprising though; but the mute wouldn’t speak unless they have been prayed for, coz Jesus touches through prayer & supplication.
    Let His name be praised forever & ever to eternity! Halelluja!

  2. Ellen

    I work for a company that will double the donation that employees contribute to charities. My company requires a tax number in order to qualify. I requested this information previously, but no one replied to my e-mail. Could you please tell me how I can obtain this info in order to double my donation. I have donated in the past, but was unable to double that amount via company contributions, because I did not have your tax number. Please advise. Thank you for your reply.

    Ellen Wold-Grover

  3. GFA

    THANKS for asking! Many companies match donations to Gospel for Asia. Our tax ID# is 73-1099096.

    Check with your HR department to see how far back they’ll match your donations. Some match donations given up to a year prior to the match request.

    For more information, or to see what other companies match donations to GFA, see or email

    God bless you!

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