Christian workers report several encouraging developments in the difficult mission field of Afghanistan. Seven new believers formed a house church after being baptized recently, translators are working on three new Bible projects for minority languages, and followers of Christ are now present in every one of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. However, prayer is still greatly needed for Afghan believers, for the spread of the gospel in Afghanistan and for the estimated 40 million unreached Pashtun people worldwide. Pray for more laborers. Pray for the success of various media projects, such as films, radio, satellite TV and social media outreaches. And pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in thousands of Afghans and for more interactions with followers of Christ.
God at Work, More Laborers Needed
Recent Prayer Requests
Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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