Warning of growing threat to Christians in Afghanistan
"Christians living and working in Afghanistan face the added risk of being accused of proselytism, in addition to practicing their own faith privately and in community."
08/13/2010 Afghanistan (Inspire Magazine)-Release International, which serves persecuted Christians worldwide, is warning of a growing threat to Christians working in Afghanistan, following the recent murder of 10 aid workers. Release is also calling for prayer for Christian relief workers in that country.
Release CEO Andy Dipper, who worked in Afghanistan during the rise of the Taliban, believes the latest attack on workers for the International Assistance Mission highlights a growing danger to Christian relief workers – and also to Afghans who have embraced the Christian faith.
He warns: "Christians living and working in Afghanistan face the added risk of being accused of proselytism, in addition to practising their own faith privately and in community."
The Afghan government recognises only one church, the Community Christian Church of Kabul. Other gatherings of Christian believers exist but most meet in homes. The danger to Afghan Christians and foreign Christians who are serving their nation is increasing.
Release is calling for prayer for Christians working in Afghanistan. Says Andy Dipper: "Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who live and serve in Afghanistan. Pray for protection, pray for assurance and pray for opportunity to continue to love and serve those around them."
Through its international network of missions Release supports Christians imprisoned for their faith and their families in 30 nations. It supports church workers, pastors and their families, and provides training, Bibles, Christian literature and broadcasts. Release is a member of the UK organisations Global Connections and the Evangelical Alliance.
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