Afganistan

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“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”
— Mother Teresa

In the Kingdom of Heaven, we live according to the law of love. As believers, we seek to serve one another humbly in love regardless of race, social status, or gender. But the kingdoms of this world do not operate by the same framework. One such country is Afghanistan, which is said to specifically be one of the worst places in the world to be born a woman. This look into some of the darker points of Afghanistan is not meant to be a criticism of the nation, but is rather intended as a means of raising awareness and prayer.

Bacha Posh is a tradition in Afghanistan that literally means “dressed up as a boy”. It is an ancient tradition followed when a woman has not bore a male child. They parents will choose a female child, often from birth, and present her to the world as a boy. She is then used to work and to help provide income for her family. She has the liberty to move about town as a boy would and thus can more safely run errands and go to school free from the sexual harassment most girls face. The true gender of the child is hidden to all except immediate family until the child reaches puberty. At which time the true gender of the girl is revealed and she is prepared to find a husband. The emotional and psychological harm that takes place to these children is a real danger of this practice- which is focused on helping the family not the child.

Afghanistan is number two on the world watch list as the most dangerous places to live as a Christian. Much of the danger however is not solely related to hatred for Christians. Afghanistan is a violent place for anyone who lives there. Whether you are Muslim or Christian, man, woman or child. The country is volatile due to the war raging within its own structures.

In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual. You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody. You are part of something bigger than yourself.
— Khaled Hosseini

We pray for Afghanistan not only for God's protection of Christians, but also for His protection of the people of Afghanistan. These are a noble and proud people, created in the image of God and their lives are worth saving. They understand more than most people in the West what it means to be “more than an individual, what it means to be part of something bigger”. As believers we are more than individual Christian people, we are part of the world wide Church. We need more Afghan brothers and sister in the faith partly because we have so much that we need to learn from them. Join us in prayer for the people of Afghanistan those who are part of the world wide Church, and those who will be.


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