A massive earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit three eastern provinces in Afghanistan Tuesday night, injuring hundreds and killing at least 1,000 people. The death toll continues to rise as search and rescue efforts access new territory.
“Because it (the earthquake) happened in the middle of the night, people were in their homes and, unfortunately, many of those homes then collapsed,” The Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton says.
“Some families have completely vanished,” Muhammad Amin Hafiza, the head of information and culture in the hard-hit Paktika province, told CBS News.
The quake is a significant test for Taliban leaders. “The Taliban wanted to be in charge of the whole country. What do they do in a situation like this, where the people are desperate for help and assistance?” Nettleton says.
The terrorists don’t exactly have the best track record regarding servant leadership. “We have seen in the last year the economy of Afghanistan has gone downhill; it is in shambles,” Nettleton says.
“The Taliban are fighters; they’re not governors. They don’t have the training for those kinds of jobs.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray Christian responders can shine the light of Jesus as they help earthquake survivors.
- Ask the Lord to provide aid groups with the resources and funding they need.