From Fear to Faith in Afghanistan
With good reason, UNICEF recently designated Afghanistan as the worst place to be born. That country has the highest infant mortality rate, and life is filled with misery from birth to death. One merely survives. People endure a government that has recently massacred people in Panjshir, Andarab, and Balkhab. Everyone is expected to put their faith in the Islamic religious system, which offers no hope.
Fortunately, there are ways to get the gospel into Afghanistan, but it involves creativity. Though missionaries are absent, there are other ways to give Afghans the gospel of hope. Most have cell phones or computers, which opens the way for Facebook and Instagram. SAT-7 PARS has just started a new live program using these social media platforms. It is in Dari, Afghanistan’s trade language, spoken by most of the population. Every show features an interview with a different guest from Afghanistan. He or she will talk about current events from a biblical perspective. This kind of program is essential in a place where even house churches are dangerous to attend and one’s family members regularly report Christian believers to merciless authorities.
Isaiah 48:22 tells us there is no peace for the wicked. But for those who cling to the Lord, there is peace and protection. We need to claim this verse for Afghanistan as we begin a new year.
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