Christians Are Urged Not to Forget Their Brothers and Sisters in Afghanistan Under Taliban Rule

Christians Are Urged Not to Forget Their Brothers and Sisters in Afghanistan Under Taliban Rule
Taliban patrolling in Kabul city. Kabul, Afghanistan, September 11, 2021. Photo by Oriane Zerah/Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images)

NASHVILLE (BP) – While the Taliban’s reemergence in Afghanistan brings concern for its Christian population, the situation isn’t as grim as it could be.

Stories of Christians being targeted by the Taliban over the last month have grown, largely on social media. But those reports remain difficult to substantiate, Voice of the Martyrs spokesman Todd Nettleton said.

It’s important to continue to pray for those enduring persecution, he said, but also for Christians to take note of the current place for the Afghanistan church.

“We’ve heard reports of the Taliban looking for Christian materials on cell phones,” he said. “Those are difficult to independently verify, but we do know the Taliban doesn’t want the Christian church to spread.

“There is a lot to pray over. Many Christians have fled the country, but many others have chosen to stay. Right now, Voice of the Martyrs is working to help equip them and keep them safe. That’s the focus of our work.”

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Source: Baptist Press

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