“Even if there is peace with the Taliban, the Islamic State is still active in Afghanistan and they are still willing to carry out these kinds of attacks,” Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton says, citing a February peace deal between the U.S. and Taliban representatives.
Politics add another layer of complexity. Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah both claim to be Afghanistan’s president, even though Ghani was deemed the election winner in February. U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo announced the end of $1 billion in aid payments to Afghanistan on Monday, with another $1 billion cut scheduled for 2021.
Afghanistan may seem hopeless, but, “God is at work,” Nettleton says.
“Twenty years ago, we talked about just a handful of Christian believers in the whole country, and today we talk about believers in every single province.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Praise God for the spiritual harvest underway in Afghanistan! Continue praying for the Spirit to move in this war-torn nation.
- Pray political leaders will encounter the Gospel and be radically transformed by Jesus. Pray their salvation leads to positive nationwide changes.
- Ask the Lord to protect Afghan believers, and pray for perseverance despite suffering.
- Pray for the spread of the Gospel via radio, TV, social media and Bible translation