The people of Afghanistan are waking up to a new day with the Taliban in full control of the country following the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country.
The capital Kabul is full of refugees with scenes of chaos and panic at the airport. All land borders are closed and commercial flights from Kabul Airport are fully booked until the end of the month.
Banks have run out of money, making it impossible for Afghans to access or move money and food supplies are running out.
Underground Christians continue to connect online but cannot meet together. Internet service is functioning, but many have turned off their phones and moved to undisclosed locations.
Christians are among the most vulnerable segments of the population after the Taliban’s takeover of the country, as the gathering storm clouds appear particularly dark.
Most believers meet in homes and small, trusted fellowship circles. There are no local recognized churches.
The followers of Jesus in Afghanistan are under constant risk, and the danger they face is very real. Conversion from Islam is illegal and it continues to carry a high cost in the Afghan honor-and-shame culture.
Being a Muslim convert often means loss of family, inheritance, and a job. Conversion is seen as bringing shame on an entire family and destroying its social standing. The stigma plays to militant groups like the Taliban.
Even before the Taliban took over the country, the militants were targeting Christians. An Afghan Christian apparently received a letter on August 12 signed by Taliban militants threatening him and his family. “We know where you are and what you are doing,” it read.
Two years ago, at least 50 believers decided change their religious affiliation on their national identity cards that all Afghans are required to carry.
Government records now identify 30 of them as Christians. Now that the Taliban is in power, their vulnerability increases tenfold. It would be almost impossible to be a follower of Jesus in this country.
The most important thing we can do right now is pray.
Ask God to have mercy not only on His people, but also on this country as a whole.
The Taliban are expected to proclaim a new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan soon.
Please join us as we pray for Afghanistan, with one Spirit, one voice and as one Body in Christ!
Pray for miraculous divine intervention for:
- The remaining believers in the country to be given supernatural strength, faith and peace to endure / persevere and for safety, protection and provision.
- Newly displaced Afghan refugees who are desperately fleeing the new regime and expected to end up in many different parts of the world.
- The sick / infected / dying for access to vaccines and healthcare and for healing and recovery from COVID-19 and other illnesses and infirmities.
- Practical humanitarian aid to be able to enter the country and reach those most in need who have no access to food and basic necessities.
- The new Taliban government that they would have compassion on the people of Afghanistan and implement a peaceful and humane era of government against all expectations and for God to be the ultimate sovereign authority in the country and for His name and Church to be glorified against the odds.
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