Afghanistan 2001

At the turn of the 20th century saw a seeding of the word of God in countries around the world and over the next 100 years resulted in explosion of God’s presence in people’s hearts. From China to Africa to South America. And yet the most resistant territories remained under the grip of the Islamic world view. Most of these nations exist to the latitudinal-longitudinal region known as the 10/40 window where major penetration with the gospel has been historically difficult. That is until now. Since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, prayer efforts and covered missionary activity has been targeted on South Arabia, Iraq and Egypt. And by 2001 Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership in direct response to the advances of the Holy Spirit in other countries had become the world’s most hostile government toward the gospel. This regime was without a doubt the most oppressive in the world. Determined to keep the gospel out, extreme laws were enforced to prevent citizens from even the fundamental experiences and privileges taken for granted around the world. Persecution, execution – synonymous with anybody even discussing Christianity. Families were forced to watch the hanging of Christian converts. They were so common placed that the government sponsored murders with the main attraction in local sports arenas. Darkness intended to keep this region from the light. But the beginning of the end of the Talibans started when two Christians, Americans Heather Mercer and Dana Curry, were in prison for sharing the gospel. Over a threat of execution believers worldwide began to pray for their safety and for the success of their mission. And then in the middle of all of this it happened, the unthinkable: 9/ 11. The world watched as 3,000 Americans lost their lives in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania and a nation was awoken to the reality of evil. "They are fellow citizens, a way of life, our very freedom came under attack, under a series of deliberate deadly terrorist attack." Immediately the military of the United States responded and this mangled the power of the Taliban regime within the matter of months. While the Taliban was devastated the church saw something even more insidious losing its grip and immediately responded to the open door in the war for souls. Large refugee populations were given food, blankets, medical assistance and shelter plus Gospel material from missionary outreaches like that of Franklin Graham Samaritan’s Purse. Campus Crusade International cooperating with churches in neighboring Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan began airdrops with audio caste versions of the Jesus video in 49 languages of Afghanistan reaching the 70 people groups in that country. The 32 new churches recently established in nearby Kirgyzstan made primarily of formal Muslims, were already in position sending missionaries into the Afghan refugee population. Missionaries from as far away as Sweden and Norway came to help as well. Christian radio, like "Gospel for Asia", began to broadcast across the country from neighboring regions without any hindrance. Iran and Afghanistan are now receiving evangelistic television satellite programming. The seeds are being planted. The prayers are plying the ground of peoples’ hearts and the Spirit of God is on the move. Attacks against Christians are on the rise of the Afghanistan and Pakistan. But the Lord would not be denying the hearts He seeks. In 1990 out of 6,000 people groups around the world, 1,300 have been reached with the Gospel. By 2000 that number jumped exponentially to 4,600 with the remaining 1,400 people groups primarily in the Middle East and Asia Minor. Afghanistan was once a nation with 48,000 mosques and not a single church. Times were changing and praying fellowships are on the radar screen. In a prison cell, abandoned by their capturers, Heather Mercer and Dana Curry were rescued. And they soon learned of their role. In a worldwide prayer event they’ve shot the power of darkness and open the jail cells over the hearts and minds of the people whom they so desperately wanted to reach with Christ’s love. Who would have believed that in one moment that millions of Afghans would be exposed to the gospel of Christ in refugee camps just over the border in Pakistan? Darkness intended to keep this region from the light of the gospel and instead it’s being seeded and now is becoming a platform for the move of God’s Holy Spirit to the rest of the region. Meanwhile, this scenario is repeating himself all over Afghanistan. A small group of former Afghan refugee secretly gathered in their homes to pray, to seek the Lord and to talk about this wonderful Jesus they have heard about for the very first time. In the stillness they pray and unbeknownst to the rest of the village an invisible ally is beginning to pour Himself into the equation. It’s happening all over Afghanistan right now. You’re watching the events unfold, that haven’t been realized in 6,000 years. It’s the hand of God writing history. That is His story, right before our eyes. Sing to the Lord a new song for He has done marvelous things. His right hand and His holy arm is that works salvation. The Lord’s made his salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations.

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***