Pray for Our World: Afghanistan

I’m very excited about getting to the individual countries as I pray around the world.  I’ve looked at each region of the world and gained an appreciation for their culture, progress and issues.  Now I begin to look more individually, to appreciate each person and their culture for who they are and who God made them to be.

Starting in alphabetical order in my Operation World book, the first country is Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in Asia.  The majority of the people are Iranian.  There is an overall literacy rate of 28%, and only 15% for women.  The people have been shattered by decades of war and ongoing conflicts.  Yet they are a rich country in natural resources of gas and minerals.  Surprisingly though, one-third of their GDP is from opium production.  There is virtually no freedom of religion, even for other interpretations of Islam outside of the strict Wahhabist Islam.  In a population of over 29 million, there are less than 15,000 Christians, and most of them are foreign residents.

Afghanistan is one of the least reached countries in the world. There is not a single church building.  Drugs are their biggest crisis.  In Biblical times, the area of Afghanistan was part of Persia, and we know that they will also play a part in the End Times.  God is moving in this part of the world.  We now have the internet, Christian radio and satellite TV, and mobile phones in which to present the Bible and the Jesus film in their own language.  I happened to look at the country stats on my blog, and I have had one visitor from Afghanistan.  It all starts with one, and we can all be that one.  My goal is to flood the internet with as much good news as I can, in hopes that it will reach those who are seeking the truth and want to hear.  Please pray for these dear people that they will be freed from their bondage and will be able to enjoy many of the freedoms the rest of us are lucky enough to have, only because of where we were born.

Pray for Our World – Region of Asia

I remember stepping off the plane in Bangkok a few years ago.  I had never been to this far-reaching and culturally different region of the world called Asia and did not know what to expect.  What I did know was that it was less than one percent Christian and held the majority of the world’s most ancient civilizations, a stark difference to my American Southeast culture.  But I’ll never forget the young Thai girl I met in one of the shops.  She had a framed picture of Jesus on one of her store shelves, and the store was noticeably lacking of any of the numerous Buddhist statues you would see in any other shop.  She had the most beautiful smile, and beamed with radiance when she proudly told me in broken English, “I am Christian.”  Later that night in my Sheraton hotel, where the locals treated us like celebrities because they thought we were rich, I found a Gideon’s Bible tucked away in the desk drawer of my hotel room.

God is everywhere, and God loves the people of Asia.  It is God’s plan for all the world to know Him, and to know about His Son Jesus that he sent to this region of the world 2000 years ago.  Asia spans a wide geographic area from the Middle East in Western Asia to China, India and Japan in central Asia, to Southeastern Asia of Philippines and Indonesia.  Asia is where the birth of the church started with Peter and Paul, and it is where the End Times is prophesied to take place.  The last 100 years have shown a remarkable resurgence of Christians in the area, increasing by over 150 million. Lands that were previously cut off from Christianity have been opening up, and there is an increase in Muslims responding to the Gospel.  There are many stories of Jesus appearing to Muslims in dreams and visions, which is the only way Muslims believe God can talk to you.  God is meeting them where they are.

It is in the individual acts of the missionaries that have gone before us, the Gideons, your prayer and donations to missions, Satellite tv, and internet Gospel, that has continued what Peter and Paul started in this area of the world.  It has given this one young Thai girl and many others the hope of a Savior and has shown them the Light of the World. 

I have many people in this city. – God


“Don’t be afraid, but keep on speaking and don’t be silent.  For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” – The Lord said to Paul in a night vision. (Acts 18:9-10)
What if Paul had not listened, or had not traveled as much as he did?

God’s people are everywhere.  His angels are everywhere.  Jesus is not limited to our earthly space or rules.  Jesus is living, always with us in our hearts and souls, and he extends his Saving Grace to everyone who sincerely asks.

Tomorrow I will be boarding a plane to Asia.  I am excited to get to see some of God’s people from the other side of the world.  Although it’s a business trip, I am sure I will come back with a new appreciation for God, for all of His people, and for God’s plan for the world to know Him and His Son.  And I’m sure I’ll have a few more stories to tell too.

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