Afghan Christians are hiding but not silent

By November 10, 2021

Afghanistan (MNN) — Hunger and violence keep Afghanistan in the headlines. Nearly 23 million people face starvation, and winter is coming. Plus, targeted killings are common and chaos is routine. An Islamic State insurgency challenges Taliban rule.

Heart4Iran’s Prayer and Call Center offers the hope of Christ to traumatized Afghan people. “The trauma is fear,” Program Manager Nazanin Baghestani says.

“Fear is number one. What’s going to happen? Who’s going to knock [on] their door next? Are they going to rape them? Are they going to take their kids away?”

Listen to the full conversation about Heart4Iran’s trauma counseling program here.

Hidden Christians throughout Afghanistan turn to Heart4Iran for trauma counseling, prayers, and resources. “Mostly women call us and they just pour their hearts out, and we are here to listen to them,” Baghestani says.

“Sometimes, we have to talk to young girls and try to help them out because moms cannot help their children.”

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Men often avoid sharing their problems due to the region’s honor/shame culture, Baghestani explains. But right now in Afghanistan, “even men call us, they’re so frightened that they don’t have peace,” she says.

“They don’t know how to protect their wife and children. Fear has tormented [many]; some cannot sleep at night.”

Heart4Iran is preparing a huge outreach for Afghanistan, but they need your help to make it happen. If met, a $15,000 matching grant will provide 24/7 trauma counseling, a Virtual Church in the Dari language, and Bibles for the Afghan refugees in Iran.

Give online here to help Afghan Christians through Heart4Iran.

Use the prompts listed alongside this report to pray for believers in Afghanistan. Pray for Afghans finding Christ for the very first time, like the ones described in this Heart4Iran Facebook post:

One of our phone counselors informed us that there are three new believers from Afghanistan: A man called in sharing that he and two friends were excited to read the Gospel for the first time after viewing our satellite network, and decided to give their hearts to Christ at that moment! One of these men is a professor, teaching 500 students, and is incredibly fearful of being found out. His friend called us to request a Bible for the three of them to share, and desperately asked for prayers during this tragic time.



Header image courtesy of Heart4Iran.