World Watch List: 02
Leader: President Ashraf Ghani
Population: 38.1 million
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Islamic Republic
Source of Persecution: Islamic Oppression
Open Doors supports the persecuted believers in Afghanistan through:
- raises prayer support
Meet “Secret Afghan Believer”
‘‘How we survive daily only God knows. He knows because He has been kind to dwell with us. But we are tired of all the death around us.”
Persecution type: Clan oppression/Ethno-religious hostility/Islamic oppression
What does persecution look like in Afghanistan?
It is impossible to live openly as a Christian in Afghanistan. Leaving Islam is considered shameful, and Christian converts face dire consequences if their new faith is discovered. Either they have to flee the country or they will be killed.
Who is most vulnerable to persecution?
All Christians in Afghanistan are extremely vulnerable to persecution. Areas controlled by the Taliban are particularly oppressive, but there is no safe way to express any form of Christian faith in the country.
Pray for protection for the small percentage of Afghani believers. Pray that God would make “seeing eyes blind” and that anyone who might be looking for secret Afghan Christians would not discover them.
Pray that despite their isolation, Afghan believers would be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. Pray that they would find safe ways to access the Word of God and communicate with other believers.
Pray that God would be at work in the hearts of Islamic extremists – such as members of the Taliban and ISIS – that they would come to know the love of Jesus and that He would turn their lives around.
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