|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Ashraf Ghani|
Afghanistan: Risking Everything For Jesus.
Afghanistan is a Muslim country. The Islamic State and the Taliban control over 40% of the country. The only local Christians are converts. New Christians are considered to be insane for leaving Islam. If they won’t recant, they may end up in a psychiatric hospital, be beaten or have their houses destroyed. Believers lose their lives if they follow Jesus openly.
Violence And Islamic Extremism.
Converting to Christianity brings shame to a Muslim family. They’ll do everything in their power to bring a new Christian back to Islam. This can involve violence. However some families witness the life-changing power of Christ. There have been cases where entire families become Christians and are forced to flee the country.
The influx of Islamic extremist groups has resulted in many deaths. In 2017, there were at least 8,000 casualties, according to the UN. They especially target Christian foreigners living and working in the country. Believers are forced to live out their faith in secret.
Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in Afghanistan by:
“We are not afraid but strong and hopeful. We know He will come again. That is why there is so much pain and suffering. That is why there is persecution. He is coming back and those who do not know Him need Him in their lives. For now, we – His followers – need to live with thankful, prayerful hearts.” – Afghan Brother
Pray for secret believers, that they will be encouraged to live out their faith and share the gospel, regardless of the cost.
Pray for God to help secret believers overcome their fear as the level of violence increases. Pray they know the comfort and peace of God.
Pray for the freedom to choose to follow Jesus.