Sep 23, 2010

Praying for the Persecuted in Afghanistan

"The constitution in Afghanistan states 'no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of Islam.' Most Christians are secret believers unable even to own a Bible. If exposed, Christians face fierce reprisals from family, community and the Taliban, including expulsion from their homes, verbal and physical abuse, intimidation, beatings, loss of employment, imprisonment and even death. There is no visible Church; yet the Church continues to grow."  -OpenDoorsUSA.org

This summer a firestorm of controversy erupted when an Afghan television station broadcast several citizens performing baptisms.  Riots broke out in several cities calling for the execution of those believers.  The call to execute anyone practicing christianity came from the top of the Afghan government.  While Muslims continue to assert that Islam is a religion of peace and community, their actions do not communicate that belief.

Despite the horrible conditions portrayed about converts, many persecuted christians continue to only ask for prayer to get them through their circumstances.  Would you pray this week for those who have no religious freedoms?  Pray also that our government would apply more pressure to Muslim countries to allow freedom of religion, and certainly to condemn their practice of executing converts.

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2 comments:

Nickie said...

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Teri Lynne Underwood said...

Cherie, I so appreciate you doing this. What an important prayer need that is so often neglected.

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