At this time last year, Taliban forces were advancing steadily on Kabul, Afghanistan, after gaining territory all summer. Thousands of people were on the move, including Afghan Christians.
“Hundreds of Afghan Christians fled Afghanistan to Pakistan, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. They don’t have much freedom in those countries, and the future is also unknown,” Voice of the Martyrs Canada partner Shoaib Ebadi says.
Today, believers who stayed behind face constant turmoil. “They are under daily threat; they live in danger,” Ebadi says.
“Fighting is ongoing, and we hear every day, ‘They (the Taliban) are attacking, they are killing civilians.’”
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CALL TO ACTION
- Please intercede on behalf of the many believers remaining in Afghanistan, asking that they be given the strength, help and hope that’s required to endure each new day.
- As these faithful followers of Christ endeavor to live honorably for Him in this extremely dangerous nation, and raise their children accordingly, may their every decision be based on His wisdom and guidance.
- For those who have fled the country, forced to leave behind beloved family and friends, pray that they will find places of refuge where they can serve as vibrant witnesses of the Gospel.
- Pray for God’s ongoing ministry to the oppressed people of Afghanistan, so that – even in the midst of intense persecution – many more will have their spiritual eyes opened to reality of the Risen Savior and willingly accept Him into their hearts.