Ministry in Afghanistan grows in spite of instability.

By July 27, 2004

Afghanistan (MNN)–Taliban violence forced a one-month delay for Afghanistan’s presidential election, now slated for October.

That is the foremost thought as the deadline for candidates to register to run in Afghanistan’s presidential election passed yesterday. The elections have since been re-scheduled for October 9th.

Rising tensions have left their mark on humanitarian aid efforts. International security forces have stepped up patrols in trouble areas like Kabul.

While some humanitarian aid groups withdrew from areas feeling guerilla attacks, others re-doubled their efforts. In spite of that, International Aid has a team in Kabul working at their clinic. I-A’s Myles Fish explains, “The clinic that we started there almost two years ago, continues to function quite well, continues to serve 80-to-100 patients everyday.”

The clinic serves as not only a point of service, but also a focus for a growing outreach. Miles says they’re now looking to the future. “The team that’s there right now is exploring what additional opportunities there might be for us to expand our ministry We’re quite optimistic about what opportunities are that the Lord is providing for us there in Afghanistan.”

Fish says their teams have strong indications that in post-Taliban Afghanistan, the church is growing. “It is not an easy place, perhaps that means it’s the most important place for the message of Christ to be shared. But, the indications we have are that the message of Christ is indeed spreading and people are responding to it.”

Pray for the team’s safety as they return home next week.

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