On April 14, President Biden announced that the United States would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, ending a 20-year armed conflict in the country. At this point, around 90 percent of all U.S. troops have exited from Afghanistan.
Since President Biden’s announcement, Taliban forces have launched many offensives and retaken many cities and villages around the country. They’ve taken over 100 districts, and at this point claim control of 90 percent of Afghanistan’s border. Many observers believe the Taliban will continue their advance, retaking the capital city and fully rule the country as they did before the U.S. invasion in 2001.
This insurgency represents a devastating reality for the small number of believers there. Afghanistan is already a brutal place for the Church. Followers of Jesus are under constant risk, and the danger they face is very real.
The most important thing we can do right now is pray. Please, lift up your family enduring constant danger and trauma in Afghanistan.
- Pray for an end to the violence. Pray no more civilians would be injured or killed from airstrikes or attacks from either Afghanistan’s government, Taliban forces or other Islamic extremist groups.
- Pray for the financial situation. Many Afghans (including Afghan Christians) live under hard economic realities. Ask God to help people to be able to find ways to live, eat and flourish.
- Pray for Afghan refugees and those who want to flee. Many families are in refugee camps, are fleeing their homes or are thinking about fleeing. Pray for the Lord to grant them His protection, wisdom, shelter and provision.
- Pray for the believers who have remained in Afghanistan. There must be so much fear and trepidation among followers of Christ who are secretly living their faith within their homes in this country, especially after the Taliban takeover. Pray for the Holy Spirit to strengthen these secret believers in their inner being. Pray the peace of God would rule in their hearts.
- Pray for the Taliban. Ask God to turn their hearts to Him, that they might see the hope and love of Jesus.
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