Visa trouble could be problematic for foreign workers in Afghanistan

By June 6, 2013

Afghanistan (VOM/MNN) — The Government of Afghanistan is refusing to give or renew visas for a large number of foreign workers with several international organizations, according to the Voice of the Martyrs USA (VOM).

Their report notes new policies that are in the works to drastically reduce the number of foreign workers, although at present, these government employee accounts are unconfirmed.

If this happens it will have a huge negative impact on the work of these international organizations.   It has the potential of disrupting VOM work, too, though it would not necessarily be a direct connection.

In Afghanistan, converting from Islam to any other religion is a crime, and proselytizing is illegal. Christian converts face harsh punishments, including the death penalty.  At least several hundred Afghans now follow Christ, compared with only a few dozen believers 20 years ago.

However, Christians face intense persecution from family members and neighbors.  Many Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) who have been attacked have found temporary refuge in a VOM safe house.     These survivors need a respite from the daily oppression and continual danger of living as Christians in regions that are hostile to the Gospel; they need a safe place to be recharged and encouraged before returning to share Christ with their neighbors.

The need for shelter and rehabilitation is ongoing. Through this program, VOM also provides living expenses, vocational training and spiritual encouragement, including Christian literature, to those staying in the safe houses.   A VOM partner’s radio ministry broadcasts the Good News into the country in the local languages of Pashtun and Dari.

Will you join them in praying for a quick resolution to this issue?  Pray especially for the Technical Deputy Director of the Ministry of Economy, who is playing a key role in the refusals.

 

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