Afghanistan (MNN) — After the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, a caravan of over 100 Afghan Christians left their homes to move to Pakistan. Bruce Allen of FMI says they have reached their destination safely. “They have the challenge of resettling. We have six partners who are helping with their resettlement. So even though it’s a good place for them to get to, having 15 families to resettle is an enormous task.”
Pray these Christians would be able to get jobs, and that their children, both boys and girls, would have educational opportunities. In Afghanistan, the Taliban has a history of limiting education, especially for girls and women. Since the takeover, they have already cracked down on coeducation. Read more here.
Pakistan might not seem like the best place for Christians. Religious minorities often receive mistreatment in different parts of the country. But Allen says, “It is their neighbor. And life can be fairly similar for them there because the tribes are the same. You have Dari tribes and Pashto tribes in both places. So languages are the same and the customs can be the same in those tribes. Really, the resettle there can be fairly good.”
A second convoy
Meanwhile, Allen says another convoy of Afghan Christians will be moving to Pakistan soon. “One of our partners has been going back and forth into Afghanistan over the years and making disciples there. He’s helping another set of about 100 Christians evacuate. This one has 16 families. So the work is not finished yet, even as we celebrate the success of the arrival of the first convoy into Pakistan.”
You can help this second convoy. Visit FMI’s website to give directly to these Christians.
And ask God to give wisdom to the leaders of this convoy. Allen says, “I was really impressed during my visit a few weeks ago with even what was happening in our partners’ lives leading up to this historic moment. They’re prepared to be handling it.”
Header photo courtesy of FMI.