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anonymous AFGHANISTAN: CHRISTIANS WHO ARE PERSECUTED IN AFGHANISTAN! June 16, 2008 10:51 AM

By NOOR KHAN, Associated Press Writer Mon Jun 16, 10:40 AM ET

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Hundreds of Taliban fighters took over several villages in southern Afghanistan on Monday just outside the region's largest city, and NATO and Afghan forces were redeploying to meet the threat, officials said.

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anonymous  June 16, 2008 10:53 AM

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anonymous OPINION! June 16, 2008 11:02 AM

AFGHANISTAN IS A VERY DANGEROUS COUNTRY. YOU HAVE THE TALIBAN, WHO WANT TO TAKE OVER AFGHANISTAN, DRUG DEALERS, SEX TRADE AND GANGS, WHICH IS NOT SURPRISING CONSIDERING THAT THE COUNTRY IS POVERTY STRICKEN AND WAR TORN.
I'M SURE THAT THERE ARE CHRISTIAN'S THERE, BUT INSPITE OF THE FACT THAT THE TALIBAN WERE ORIGINALLY DEFEATED THEY ARE NOT GIVING UP AND FIERCE FIGHTING IS STILL TAKING PLACE.
NOT ONLY THAT BUT THE TALIBAN HAVE A TENDENCY TO TAKE HOSTAGES! FOR INSTANCE,[THE KOREAN CHRISTIANS WHO WANTED TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY POVERTY AND WAR, WHO WERE KIDNAPPED AND SOME SHOT.]
BUT MANY LOYALIST WILL KILL CHRISTIANS TO THIS DAY. IN FACT IT IS SO DANGEROUS IN AFGHANISTAN THAT I CAN NOT FIND ANY NEWS ABOUT CHRISTIANS THERE. PROBABLY BECAUSE IT'S NOT SAFE TO REVEAL THEIR PRESENCE THERE. THEY TRULY MUST STAY HIDDEN IN CHRIST; HOWEVER, IF I DO FIND ANY NEWS THAT IS NOT TOO SPECIFIC, I WILL GIVE YOU THIS NEWS.
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anonymous  June 16, 2008 11:37 AM

Numbers: The number of native Christians in Afghanistan is, apparently, somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000. The best estimate appears to be around 3,000, although this number is based on somewhat dated information.

Denominational flavors: No data exist. Under the conditions now existing in Afghanistan, in which churches are not allowed to meet, this information is probably irrelevant. The last officially-tolerated formal church meeting in Afghanistan occurred in Kabul in 1976. Everything that is happening is happening underground.

History: There is no real Christian tradition in this Islamic country. The tiny Afghan Church was planted almost entirely by the informal witness of believing Western diplomats between 1850 and 1976. There have been no formally-appointed Christian missionaries in Afghanistan in modern times. At the height of Assyrian missionary activity 1100 years ago, there were missionaries in all of the cities along the Silk Road, but their flocks in the Afghan cities were always small and did not survive the intervening centuries.

Locations: The native Christians in Afghanistan are, apparently, all located in the main cities, particularly Kabul. Persons who convert to Christianity in the countryside do not survive.

Persecution: Persecution of Christians is intense. During the Taliban regime, persecution was accomplished both formally, by law, and informally, by tribes and families. Since the overthrow of the Taliban, though the legal system no longer imposes criminal sentences on Christians, it also does not interfere when a Christian’s family or tribe murders him for apostasy from Islam. The situation for native Christians in Afghanistan has not been much better under American occupation or the new elected (but firmly Islamic) regime than it was under Taliban rule. Foreign aid workers who are Christian are, however, somewhat more free to operate than they were under the Taliban.

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 February 10, 2010 2:40 PM

Dear friend of the persecuted, #6 Afghanistan

Farzam* was living out his faith the best that he could. Unable to share the gospel openly, he prayed for God to show him how he could be an example to his family and neighbors while keeping his faith a secret. Farzam felt alone in his faith and was encouraged only by the inner presence of Christ…and then came the call. An Afghan pastor living in another country had heard of Farzam and wanted to visit. In the ensuing weeks this pastor linked Farzam with three other men who began meeting together to study and pray. No longer living in isolation…Farzam now had fellowship with his brothers in Christ.

Pray for Farzam and his Christian brothers, for their safety and courage to remain faithful to Christ. Pray that they would bring the light of the gospel to their family and friends who continue to live in spiritual darkness.

With few Christians, life in Afghanistan is dangerous for those who decide to serve Christ. Rejection by neighbors and family can be even more threatening than persecution from the government. Bibles and other Christian study materials are difficult to find. God is using technology such as radio broadcasts and mp3 players with the Dari New Testament to reach the Afghan people. One brother proudly shows his mp3 player and proclaims, “This is my Bible; this is my teacher.”

Give thanks for the radio broadcasts and for the Bibles and mp3 players that have come to Afghanistan. Pray that they would be used to open the eyes of Afghanis to the truth and power of the gospel and to increase Christ’s church in Afghanistan. “In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.” Isaiah 29:18 

*Farzam uses a pseudonym to protect his identity.


Sincerely,

Open Doors USA

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