Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pray for Persecuted Church: Afghanistan

[The Voice of the Martyrs prayer calendar] Afghanistan remains mired in chaos as the U.S. prepares to decrease troop numbers from the ‘surge’ initiated by President Obama in late 2009. Attempts to negotiate with the Taliban have been fruitless, and relations between President Karzai (previous president) and members of parliament remain tense. The Taliban insurgency remains problematic, with political assassinations in July and an attack on the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul June 2011. Out of 76 people groups in the country, 70 are unreached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Restricted Nation
Muslim 99.8%, Christian 0.01%
Head of State
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani (Updated)

Converting from Islam to any religion is a crime, and proselytizing is illegal. There are no formal churches in the country. It is believed that several hundred Afghans now follow Christ. Christians experience intense persecution from family members and neighbors. Shoaib Assadullah was arrested in 2009 after giving a New Testament to a man who later reported him to authorities. The arrested Christian refused to recant his faith, despite promises of freedom if he would. Another Afghan Christian, Said Musa, was arrested after video depicting Christian baptisms was aired on national TV. Following international campaigns on their behalf, both men were eventually released.

Pray that believers will find creative and safe ways to worship and fellowship.

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