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Pray to Avert the Food Crisis in Afghanistan

Pray to Avert the Food Crisis in Afghanistan

When the Taliban regained control over Afghanistan a year ago, there was much apprehension. But the Taliban left some room for hope when they promised to establish a modern form of Islamic rule. As the months progressed, much was revealed. 

One year later, the Taliban has instituted a government founded on a fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic Law. Music and foreign tv and movies shows were banned. Men were required to grow beards and can only visit public parks on males-only-days so that they do not look at women. Women are barred from secondary education and required to be covered from head to toe with only a screen covering the eyes on their headpieces serving as windows. There are random door to door searches and checkpoints throughout the city.

Afghanistan has found itself politically and economically isolated, with its Central Bank unable to access its foreign currency reserves or even process international transactions. Millions were unemployed overnight after the closure of businesses, embassies, and organizations as foreigners were forced out a year ago. Prices of basic commodities have increased by 50%. 

The economic collapse has led to a greater crisis in the form of mass hunger. According to the UN, 95% of their population are going hungry. An Afghan humanitarian official was quoted as saying, “People have nothing to eat. You may not imagine it but children are starving. The situation is dire, especially if you go to the villages. This is unbelievable in 2022.”

Ironically, the country is now at relative peace. The public executions that were staple during the Taliba’s rule in the ’90s have not resumed. There are no more US targeted airstrikes, suicide bomber attacks, or roadside bombs. The decades-long insurgency is over.

Another source of hope is that Afghans students who were able to leave the country and are enrolled in the universities of Central Asia are being reached and discipled by our Every Nation churches in the region. The faith goal of our missionaries is that these Afghans would be gripped with a passion to return home to disciple their nation.

One perspective is that the Taliban takeover is an inevitable phase in Afghanistan’s centuries old pursuit towards self-determination regularly interrupted by foreign intervention. Let us pray that Taliban’s Sharia based rule will expose the lies and the depravity of terrorism. Let us hope that it will create a hunger in the souls of the Afghan people for the one true God who rules in righteousness, peace, and joy.

Prayer Points

  1. Let us lift up the Afghan people who are suffering the most. Pray for an end to the food crisis. Ask God for sufficient supply, a bountiful harvest, and for the economic and political factors affecting it to be resolved.
  2. Pray for a genuine spiritual hunger for the people. Let us intercede that all of this suffering will open the hearts of the people to the gospel and be drawn to the grace and mercies of God. Pray for local Christians still in Afghanistan to resume worship services and for indigenous church plants.
  3. Hold the ropes for the Afghan students being discipled at our churches in Central Asia. Pray for a harvest and for a vision and passion to return to their nation as pastors and church planters.

Every Nation is a global family of churches and campus ministries, of which Victory is a founding member.

We are called to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). This is the reason we value world missions as a church and persistently pray for the nations every month.

To learn more about this situation, you can check the news and resources in the links below.

Pray for Afghanistan

Pray for Afghanistan

As of Tuesday last week, after twenty years of American and international intervention capped by a chaotic and tragic exit, Afghanistan reverted fully to Taliban control. In a little over a week in August, the Taliban dismantled two decades and USD 83-billion worth of rebuilding efforts. There is plenty of blame to go around spanning four US administrations, the Afghan government, and the Afghanistan army, military contractors, etc. But the biggest victims, as always, are the Afghan people themselves.

While the Afghan army was heavily criticized by US President Biden for not putting up a fight, in truth, the Afghans are a warrior people whose courage is beyond question, earning the nickname “graveyard of the empires.” The problem was that they could not bring themselves to fight for a Western installed, corrupt, and failed government whose President left in a huff. 

The dilemma facing the international community is whether to shun or recognize a Taliban government. As of this writing, Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada is set to be proclaimed as the supreme leader of an Islamist Afghan government. Akhundzada is the Taliban’s religious leader who oversaw the implementation of Sharia law during the Taliban’s first rule from 1996 to 2001. 

Domestically, the big question is whether the Taliban know how to actually govern a country. There is a looming food, electricity, inflation, and COVID crisis. A spark of hope is the ongoing armed resistance led by the former Vice President allied with Ahmad Massoud Jr., the son of a national mujahideen hero in the Panjshir province. Again, it will be the ordinary Afghans who will suffer.    

Every Nation (EN) started a work in Kabul in 2003 just before the US declared victory over the Taliban. By the grace of God, all our EN missionaries and local disciples have been out of the country years before this crisis. The sad news is that their families are still trapped in Kabul. While we were able to source international contacts who were in a position to airlift some of them out, the situation quickly devolved to where they couldn’t even get to the airport as all the roads were controlled by the Taliban. In their words, it was “impossible.” And even if you could get to the airport, rival IS-K suicide bombers began targeting departing Afghans. Everything seemed to turn from bad to worse. 

As of this writing, for all practical purposes, they are still stranded in Kabul, fearing retaliation from the Taliban who are going house to house. Despite the Taliban’s repeated assurance of no retribution against Christians and those who helped the American forces, on the ground reports reveal that they are hunting these people down.

Romans 5:20 says where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. Even as the darkness of a fundamentalist theocracy begins to cover Afghanistan, there is a thriving underground community of believers. They may be the size of a mustard seed now, but it will someday grow to become the biggest tree in the garden.

PRAYER POINTS

  1. Let us stand in faith with our Christian Afghan brothers and sisters. Ask God for supernatural protection, courage, and faith in the face of extreme persecution. May God open doors for Christian witness among other Afghans.
  2. Pray for Afghans and internationals who still need to get out to be able to depart safely. Pray for wisdom, favor, discernment, and protection.
  3. Lift the Taliban up in prayer. May there be a visitation from God upon them from the top leaders to rank soldiers. Intercede for the Holy Spirit to convict their hearts. May they honor their word not to retaliate against Christians and locals who helped the allied troops.
  4. Pray against the spirit of fundamentalism and terrorism in the land. Pray that Afghanistan does not revert to a safe haven for international religious terrorists. Ask God to expose the evil forces who will attempt to do so.

Every Nation is a global family of churches and campus ministries, of which Victory is a founding member.

We are called to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). This is the reason we value world missions as a church and persistently pray for the nations every month.

To learn more about the situation in Afghanistan, you can check the news and resources in the links below.