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Advent Prayer - Afghanistan

Project(s): 01-901, 01-998

Country/Region: Afghanistan, Central Asia

Through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed. Genesis 22:18

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A Taliban tank in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan (Source: Carl Montgomery, Wikimedia Commons)

Choosing to give your life to Christ is a highly dangerous decision in Afghanistan. The government have threatened to use the death penalty against those who convert from Islam to Christianity, and sometimes the Taliban and other illegal armed groups gruesomely murder new believers. Early in 2011 a video was circulated showing the beheading of Abdul Latif by the Muslim Taliban in Herat Province. These dangers constantly hang over the estimated 1,000 to 3,000 Afghan Christians, all of them converts from Islam.

Even though the country’s 2004 constitution guarantees religious freedom, sharia is effectively the law of the land. Afghan jurists and government officials interpret a clause stating that “no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam” as superseding all other provisions.

Some rare good news from Afghanistan came this year when two Christians, Said Musa and Shoaib Assadullah, who were both in prison facing possible execution for apostasy, were released. Shoaib was arrested in October 2010 for giving a New Testament to another Afghan. Said was detained in May 2010 together with 19 other Christians following a broadcast showing Afghans being baptised. The programme elicited a storm of anti-Christian persecution; President Karzai stated that his government would track down converts. Many were soon released, but Said was detained in a Kabul prison for six months, where he was subjected to torture and abuse. Dozens of Afghan Christians fled the country following the crackdown. Barnabas Aid sent help to some of those who fled.

Ask the Lord to hide the few thousand Christians in Afghanistan under shadow of His wings (Psalm 17:8) and protect them from all violence and persecution. Give praise for the release of Said and Shoaib, and pray for Christians who fled the country following the May 2010 crackdown that they may find a safe refuge elsewhere; pray too for those left in Afghanistan and in danger of their lives. Pray that Afghan officials and jurists will start honouring the religious freedom provisions in the 2004 constitution and that more rights will be introduced for minorities. Pray for a complete turn-around in the attitude of the government and society towards Christians.

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