Afghanistan’s Secret Church: Part 2
In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here.
06/20/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – One night, God sent Jeremiah a vivid, Abrahamic dream. He said, “I want you to share your faith with others.” When he awoke, his mind swarmed with questions: How can I do this, God? I’ve barely had the opportunity to read the Bible. I’m the only believer in my providence. I’m alone.
God proved to Jeremiah that he wasn’t alone. Boldness to share the Gospel came with a group of local expat believers. He began attending house churches, evangelizing to other Muslims, and preaching the Word of God. Surrounded by other believers for the first time in his life, he realized that even if his biological family rejected him, he now had a new family.
The first time Jeremiah was sent to prison for his faith, he covered his face in shame. His father never fasted until Jeremiah went to prison, but he did so to publicly wash his hands of his son. His mother was a nervous wreck. She sat by the telephone every day, waiting to hear the expected news of her son’s death. She wept on the phone when she heard his voice say, “They let me go.”
Today, Jeremiah partners with ICC to lead a rigorous training mission for pastors in Afghanistan. Jeremiah knows of at least 20-25 groups of Christians who desperately need leadership. He estimates that there are at least 10,000 underground believers in Afghanistan.
Spearheading an underground Christian ministry in Afghanistan is not easy. Government spies constantly try to infiltrate house churches. Jeremiah knows Afghan Christians who only worship and fellowship in the safety of a moving vehicle. But the Lord is moving in Afghanistan, drawing many into his fold. Every church in Afghanistan welcomes new converts monthly, including politicians and high-ranking citizens.
His family still doesn’t want to talk about Christianity. His father says, “You have forgotten your identity, your ethnicity.”
He says, “Paul had a strong commitment to his churches. He didn’t abandon those relationships. The people you lead to the Lord, you baptize and disciple, you are committed to them.”
His new relationship with God only strengthened his love for his family and his community. He still considers himself to be a true Afghan citizen. His commitment to ministering to lost Muslims in Afghanistan has kept him tethered to the country, even choosing to raise his own family there. Resilient in his calling, Jeremiah will never leave a stone unturned for the Gospel in Afghanistan.
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