Even though Afghanis are renowned for their passionate natures and generous hospitality, there are only 1,000 to 3,000 believers currently in Afghanistan. The translated New Testament has been well-received in urban areas, however distribution into the countryside remains difficult and illegal in tribal-controlled areas, which is about two-thirds of the country! Christian radio messages are available in the urban areas, but are constantly at risk of being shut down. The democratically elected government in Kabul has agreed to uphold the International Charter of Human Rights and guarantee religious freedom, but most people still cling tightly to tribal leadership and customs that prohibit evangelism and disown and banish anyone who converts to Christianity. All of these factors have led to Afghanistan being one of the least reached nations in the world with eighty four percent of Afghanis never having heard the life-giving gospel of Christ.
Yet Jesus reminds us that “with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26). God relentlessly pursues the people of Afghanistan with His unfailing love. We must do the same! In prayer, let us stand against the powers of darkness for the sake of those God loves and pursues each day.