In connection with the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, we will spend the 2 weeks surrounding November 1 & 8 praying for the 10 nations where Christians face the worst persecution. Check back each weekday from October 26 through November 6 for a post focusing our prayer on a particular nation, and consider making prayer for the persecuted church a regular part of your personal worship. “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)

#5 – Afghanistan

Flag_of_Afghanistan.svgGovernment: Islamic republic
Leader: President Ashraf Ghani & Abdullah Abdullah (Chief Executive)
Population: 32 million
Christians: unknown thousands (< 1%)
Persecution Level: Extreme
Persecution Source: Islamic extremism
Other Information: There are no public churches in Afghanistan, and any Christians are converts from Islam and subject to retribution from their families and even execution.

Prayer Points:

  • That the Afghan government will give freedom to worship to Christians and protect them from the Taliban
  • That the small group of Christians will stand strong in their faith and not return to Islam under pressure
  • That the constant instability and cycle of war over the last 30 years will end

Source: Open Doors; The Voice of the Martyrs