As you attend your fellowship in person or online today, please keep BTJ in your prayers as we begin a new project tomorrow to assist with helping the poor and covertly sharing the Gospel message in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is facing a serious crisis and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problems. The United State military and US AID have brought in billions of dollars to rebuild roads, schools, clinics, etc, but little change has been made. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has spent hundred of millions of dollars of aid in the last few years and has barely made a dent in the problem. The European Union has made large contributions to help Afghanistan, but few things seem to really make a difference.
What if the problem in Afghanistan can’t be fixed through physical aid alone? What if something greater than merely food and water is needed to sustain life in this isolated mountain nation? In Matthew 4:4, “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
What if the true poverty in Afghanistan is not from the lack of bread, but from the lack of BREAD – the Word of God?
BTJ is starting a project in Afghanistan tomorrow that will provide assistance to the growing food crisis and will do it through local believers who are sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We need your prayers, because this is not safe. Afghanistan is considered to be the fourth most dangerous place in the world to a Christian. Afghanis are very tribal and rule in strong Islamic controlled clans. If a clan member or family member is known to convert to Christianity, they will be killed.
Many Afghanis are excited to learn about Jesus, but they know that new converts do not live for very long in Afghanistan. Churches are not allowed, the last one was destroyed in 2010. The Taliban still holds a lot of power and they make it their mission to target anyone who is preaching the Gospel.
This violence against Christians has led to spiritual poverty and the spiritual poverty is leading to physical poverty of the nation. Perhaps this is why billions of dollars in humanitarian aid doesn’t really change anything.
Pray for the safety of the Christians that are partnering with BTJ in Afghanistan and pray for the turning of the hearts towards Jesus.
If you would like to join BTJ to help with the new project in Afghanistan, you can do so by becoming a GateKeeper and clicking here.