Denise Godwin says these stories have been in high demand in Pakistan and Afghanistan recently. “We heard from partners in the region that in Pakistan, so many people are reaching out and asking for information about Christianity because of the increase in persecution from the Taliban there. So we are so excited to be able to release The Women of the Bible in the Pashtun language and get those in a form that they’re able to share in that country.”
The Taliban has seized most of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul, in the wake of the U.S. military departure. As the group moved into one remote district, they ordered the locals to provide a list of the young girls. The Taliban said they would force them to marry young fighters.
This disturbing practice could be an Old Testament story, Godwin says. “I mean, Ruth is a refugee. She’s in the Bible, she’s fleeing famine in her own land going to live among people she doesn’t know. And so these stories have a lot to say and still resonate with people today. And we have a lot of creative ways through apps and online platforms to reach people who are seeking.”
How to pray
Pray for the Christians in Pakistan and Afghanistan, following up with women who have questions about Jesus. Godwin says they, “Are talking to people one on one on chats in WhatsApp and Telegram. And it’s so important that they hear the Holy Spirit as they talk to these people to know which ones are safe to meet with and which ones are in process of finding Christ. Pray they would have the words to help people find Jesus in the midst of their turmoil.”
Ask God to bring change to Afghanistan and Pakistan, lifting up women and thwarting the power of the Taliban.
The header image shows a member of the Taliban beating a woman in 2001. (Photo courtesy of RAWA, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)