A believer from Afghanistan recently told us that her parents, still in Afghanistan, describe the country as “a prison” for women. Can you talk about the specific impact of the Taliban’s rule on women?
“In the morning, leaving home, people say goodbye to their parents and relatives because there is no certainty that they will return home and see their family again.” —Abdulla, Afghan refugee in Central Asia
“I have two nieces [still in Afghanistan]. They also have daughters. They can't go outside. If they come out, they will be caught and killed.” —Hadija, Afghan refugee in Central Asia
“It is very difficult to live in Afghanistan now. Women don't have any human rights there. [They] have been forced to wear the hijab [head coverings]. And if a woman refuses to wear the hijab, she will either be killed or severely beaten.” —Shafika, Afghan refugee in Central Asia
“We have lost our homeland. And I could never imagine that this would happen, and that it would end like this.” —Sitara, Afghan refugee in Central Asia
“Recently, a friend of mine from Facebook secretly filmed what was happening on his smartphone. The Taliban came, grabbed him, beat him badly and broke his phone.” —Abdulla, Afghan refugee in Central Asia
1. For security for all believers and seekers, for people to meet with Christ in dreams and visions, that Christ may direct them to a place of nurture and discipleship. Pray for our teams as they navigate minefields and dangerous parts of the country to reach our family in Christ.
2. For access to education and medical help: Apart from food and relief, the way out of an existence [where the church simply “survives”] is the access people can have to education and medical help.
3. For vision and prophesy in the church that will lead us to a thriving and growing church even in these circumstances.
4. For our team who continues to work under grave conditions. Pray for the men and women with their own families and children who are willing to put themselves at risk for the strengthening of the Church.
5. For the Taliban; that they too would come to know and have a personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
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