Date:                         August 16, 2021

If you’re like me, you’re heartbroken over what’s happening in Afghanistan. Over the weekend, I watched in horror as fighters from the Taliban took the reins of the Presidential Palace and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. 

Our field is closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan and again is asking for urgent prayer for the country and the small group of secret believers there who follow Jesus in the country ranked No. 2 on Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List

“It’s a heartbreaking day for the citizens of Afghanistan and an even more dangerous time to be a Christian,” says Brother Samuel, Open Doors Field Director for Asia.

In the report below, he and our team of experts share what’s happening inside the country and again give us specific ways we can pray as the Taliban takes hold and begins to enforce their strict interpretation of Shariah (Islamic) law. 
Pray now
Samuel tells us that the vulnerability for secret believers in Afghanistan—our family— has increased tenfold. 

Will you stop and pray with us? While the situation is dark and devastating, as God’s people, we have been called to “look to the Lord and His strength” (1 Chron. 16:9).

Right now, more than ever, Afghanistan needs urgent prayer from the global Church. 

Lindy Lowry
Managing editor, Open Doors USA