Fear and hope collide as the final United States troops leave Afghanistan, ending the longest war in U.S. history.
The State Department said Sunday that there are up to 250 Americans still in Afghanistan who have indicated they are trying to get out, in addition to roughly 280 others who have yet to decide whether they want to leave the country or intend to stay.
The Islamic State fired rockets at U.S. troops yesterday amid hurried evacuation flights. Local believers say Islamic State fighters battle alongside the Taliban, “ignoring their differences until all infidels are caught, tortured, and killed.” More about that here. The Taliban blamed ISIS-K for suicide bombings last week at the Kabul airport. The attacks killed more than 100 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops.
Afghan Christians are hiding for now, but they want to stay and reach their neighbors for Christ – despite the increased risk.
“Believers on the ground are running for their lives. They’re literally running into the mountains and the hills,” Reza* of Global Catalytic Ministries says. Follow GCM on Facebook for the latest updates.
“It’s kind of ironic; the places where the Taliban was hiding all these years, they’ve come out, and now the believers are going to those places.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Fast and pray for miracles for those GCM is trying to save.
- Pray God would blind the Taliban so leaders can operate without detection. It will take Divine Providence and true miracles.
- Ask the Lord to protect women and children abducted by the Taliban. Pray for their freedom.
- Pray Afghan Christians fleeing to the hills will find refuge, and access to daily life essentials like food and water.