Responding to the Crisis in Afghanistan

Responding to the Crisis in Afghanistan

My heart is heavy, as I watch the images and videos from Afghanistan and hear updates from Church leaders with knowledge of the situation. There are deep concerns over the take-over of Afghanistan by the Taliban, who in the past have been known for the persecution of religious minorities, suppression of women, drug trade, and human trafficking. This is a pressing moment. Churches and believers must stand in the gap and pray for the country, especially for Afghan Christians, those who are vulnerable, and those who have already fled or are trying to flee abroad.

I am presently in Germany and have been meeting with Bishop Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance. We’ve reflected together on the unfolding situation, and he has shared some wise insight. 

“We are very concerned about the recent developments in Afghanistan and the dire prospects for all of those who do not fit within the Taliban’s view of a society. Women, who will be among those who have most to lose, will likely again be prevented from enjoying basic rights, including tertiary education, professional careers, and even freedom to move around on their own. What is less reported is the plight of religious minorities, including Christians, who have suffered severe oppression during the past twenty years and who are now at even greater risk,” Schirrmacher noted. 

In addition to the oppression of religious minorities and the restrictions on women that are already being felt in many of the regions that fell to the Taliban in recent days, the country will likely again see a significant increase in illicit trade and slavery. Unfortunately, the Taliban is willing to finance their efforts through many illegal and immoral activities such as the drug trade and child sex trafficking. 

As believers, our hearts ache for the vulnerable in Afghanistan–Christians and religious minorities, women and children, and all of those fleeing the violence and chaos. I invite you to join me in prayer for the most vulnerable. As we include our brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s ask God to project and comfort them and that even more people would come to know the life-changing story of Jesus, leading to revival. 

Right now, Afghans are going through a dark time in their history, as their sense of security is being stripped away, but there is hope for the nation. Pray that God will strategically position righteous leaders and organizations in the country to bring about long-lasting transformation.

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Rob Hoskins is the president of OneHope. Since taking leadership of OneHope in 2004, he has continued to advance the vision of God’s Word. Every Child. by partnering with local churches to help reach more than 2 BILLION children and youth worldwide with a contextualized presentation of God’s Word.

7 thoughts on “Responding to the Crisis in Afghanistan

  1. Thank you for this report. Indeed it is difficult to see these images from 1000s of miles away with very limited ways to respond. Prayer is certainly the primary avenue and perhaps the most powerful way all Christ followers can engage. Additionally, connecting with a refugee resettlement organization such as World Relief or Exodus World Services, churches and Chirst followers can bring hope and love personally to arriving refugees from Afghanistan and other countries experiencing crises.

    On our knees-

  2. In the first place, I would love to extend my sincere sympathy for the Afghan christians and religious leaders who are recently experiencing severe persecution and humiliation due to what is happening in the country, the take-over by Taliban forces!

    Farmost, I wish to join you and invite more other prayer warriors to stand on our feet and plead God for Afghanistan ongoing situation. Thank you for sharing, God Bless #ROB HOSKINS and the whole team of OneHope.

  3. Thank you so much, my dear brother for your prayers to our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan, I know that if we join hands together in prayers then our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan will be safe. Let’s pray, Mighty and evalasting father in the name of Jesus Christ I do commit all our Christian brothers and sisters in Afghanistan into your able hands, I do cover them by the blood of Jesus Christ, I declare your divine protection upon their lives, I surrender powerless every demonic attack against the people of God.Holy father I believe you are well able to take care of your people in Jesus name I pray and believe amen.

  4. Bob, we stand together as a ministry, church and people of God crying out to our God for the Afghan people and also our brothers and sisters who are still there.
    Fraternal Embrace in Christ.

  5. Hello Sir
    Thanks for the information regarding Afghanistan and their plight. It is very disturbing and heart breaking when you consider that such acts and behaviors are still prevailing in some places in this modern and civilized world.
    What is the UN doing? Are these things outside their scope of operations? Or their responsibilities are overwhelming them?
    Thanks be to God that we believers ( Christians) can discern that Satan is behind all these evil occurrences. He knows his time is too short. Job’s story gives us a clue of what he can do behind the scenes.
    Thanks for the invitation to join you in prayer Sir. In addition to your prayer points I humbly wish to add prayers for supernatural interventions by the Lord and holy angels to calm and overturn the situation. God bless you richly Sir.
    Best regards

    Emmanuel Obudai

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