As the new Taliban government tightens its grip on Afghanistan, people there plainly see the darkness of Islam and they’re running toward the light of the Gospel.
“As Job says … ‘When a man is in a heap on the ground, he stretches out his hand to God,’ so it’s in the midst of the desperation that souls are hungry, and so it’s a moment of opportunity,” Joel Richardson, with Global Catalytic Ministries (GCM), said. Richardson says history proves that oppressive Islamic governance leads to revival in the Church.
Source: CBN News
“Iran has the fastest growing church in the world. Seven years after the ISIS blitzkrieg, there’s a revival in northern Syria … the establishment of Islamic government provides ripe soil for the church to grow,” Richardson explained.
The church in Afghanistan is determined to do the same.
“They’re still actively meeting, studying the Scriptures together and sharing the Gospel. We actually have a report from one of our leaders who has been sharing the Gospel with Taliban members that came into their village and they’ve actually been engaging in Bible studies and prayer,” said Richardson.
One Afghan Christian recently reported back to GCM: “There is pain and joy right now. God hasn’t left. There is no need to fear what the Taliban is doing, yes, bad things may happen to us, but God will do something and glorify his name.”
Richardson worries this could be the calm before the storm, but he says Christians there have submitted themselves to the will of God, come what may.
“They’ve given their future, their fate, over to the will of God, knowing that it could result in martyrdom. They understand that very, very clearly, yet they’re pushing forward regardless,” he said.
The biggest prayer request right now is for divine protection. One Christian recently referenced Luke 4:29-30, saying, “They got up, drove (Jesus) out of town, and took him to the brow of the hill, on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.”
To be hidden from those who seek to do them harm, as they continue to go out and make disciples of men. That is the wish of the Afghan Church.
Let us pray.
Ask the Lord for His divine protection for His children in Afghanistan. Pray for His courage.
Pray the church will be led by the Lord as He provides opportunities for them to meet together and to share their faith with others, even their persecutors.
Praise God that His Holy Spirit is at work in this nation. Join with the church in Afghanistan and around the world in praying that the Lord will be honoured and glorified in this nation.