By Kipp Jones August 17, 2021 at 11:49am
Pastors across Afghanistan are asking for urgent prayers after they spent two weeks watching the country fall into the hands of Islamist terrorists.
Josh Manley, a pastor of RAK Evangelical Church in the United Arab Emirates, said numerous church leaders across the country have reached out to him in recent days. He released an urgent call for prayer Monday in a blog post for the Christian ministry group 9Marks.
“As Taliban forces have swallowed up Afghanistan and even now the capital city of Kabul, pastors in the country have been emailing and messaging me over the last few days, even hours, anxious for prayer,” Manley wrote.
“Pastoring just a short flight away in the United Arab Emirates, I’ve had the opportunity to build partnerships with these men over the last decade. One house church leader sent me a picture of the small room he was hiding in with his family.”
Manley said the Afghan pastor he was in contact with wrote to him, “This is where I am living. We are hidden right now in different areas.”
The situation is dire for Christians across the country after several officials and veterans have asserted the Biden administration botched the exit from Afghanistan this month after 20 years of U.S. combat operations and occupation.
“We can’t go out like normal. It’s dangerous. We moved to one of my friend’s houses, but it’s not safe at all,” one pastor wrote. Manley noted that several pastors have said the Taliban has already contacted them and warned it will come for them.
Christians preaching God’s word across the country also shared their circumstances with Manley, who asked for prayers for them.
“We need to pray that our sovereign God would physically protect our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan. Boldly go to the throne of the universe and plead with our God to restrain evil and confuse the plans of evildoers,” Manley wrote. “Pray also for physical provision.”
One person preaching the gospel in Afghanistan asked Manley to relay a request for prayer “for financial issues because no one can take out money from the bank and ATM’s are empty.”
“Pray for me to be strong in my faith. It is really hard to stay here,” another church leader wrote to him.
Mindy Belz at WORLD Magazine shared on Twitter over the weekend what she has heard from those who are certain to face the wrath of the Taliban.
“A person who works with house church networks in Afghanistan reports its leaders received letters last night from the #Taliban warning them that they know where they are and what they are doing. The leaders say they aren’t going anywhere. So it begins,” Belz tweeted. (Click Here)
After one pastor said he would bring up the issue to his congregation, and asked for specific quotes from letters, Belz replied, “One letter I’ve confirmed, to a leader now in hiding. ‘We know where you are and what you are doing’ is a rough translation & threatened to come after him.”
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