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Pray that the Lord will draw Taliban members to Himself.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has stated that Christians and other religious minorities in Afghanistan face "dire consequences, including death, if discovered by the Taliban" for openly expressing their beliefs. Since most Afghan Christians are converts from Islam, all Christians are considered "apostates" by the Taliban – a crime that is punishable by death.

Reports coming out of the country describe Taliban members going door-to-door looking for American allies, former government workers, human rights activists, and Christian converts. After receiving threatening phone calls, some Christians have turned their phones off and moved to undisclosed locations.

The USCIRF report concludes: "While religious freedom conditions in the country were poor under the previous government, these conditions have already worsened and have become dire under the Taliban, and are likely to continue to deteriorate." To view the report (PDF download), click here.

In September, VOM Canada's Greg Musselman interviewed John Weaver, a longtime humanitarian relief worker in Afghanistan, about the challenges facing the country's Christians. To watch the interview, go to this page. More recently, Greg spoke with the Christian worker again on 100 Huntley Street. To view their televised conversation, visit this page.

Prayerfully uphold the people of Afghanistan as they reside under the repressive regime, asking the Lord to help them walk through this fearful time. Pray that the country's Christians will be given the courage to stand strong in their faith, seizing opportunities to reach out to those around them with the Gospel of Christ. May the believers who have fled Afghanistan in search of safety find ways to keep in touch with family members and friends who are still residing within the country.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC works with ministry partners to provide Afghan Christians with evangelistic and discipleship radio broadcasts to equip followers of Jesus to present the Gospel in a specialized, culturally relevant, and context-sensitive way.

Project Funds: Underground Church, Relief & Development

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
36,643,815 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity
Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek and others

Religions (%)
Islam (99.7), Christianity and other (0.3)

Government type
Presidential Islamic republic

Leader
President Ashraf Ghani (2014)

Legal system
Mixed legal system of civil, customary, and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Afghanistan

Pray for the protection of these Afghan believers, and for the consistency of their witness, as God continues to build His church according to Matthew 16:18 ("the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it"). In addition to protecting them from physical danger and harm, ask God to insulate these minority Christians from the spiritual oppression surrounding them. May these dedicated followers of Christ mature spiritually and grow in both faith and number.

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