A coalition of pastors and religious leaders is inviting Alaskans to come together in prayer for Americans and allies stranded in Afghanistan.
The two-day online prayer service is being hosted by Revive Alaska, a non-denominational group that aims to unite Alaska Christians in sharing and promoting the faith in Alaska.
“As I listen to the news surrounding the situation in Afghanistan, I am deeply disheartened and moved with compassion towards the Americans and allies left behind enemy lines,” said Pastor Prince Nwankudu, one of the leaders of Revive Alaska. “I am also deeply concerned about the fate of Afghan Christians, churches, missionaries, women and children under a Taliban regime.”
We can pray for those at risk of losing their lives at any moment if God does not Intervene!
American is ending it’s 20-year intervention in Afghanistan with a chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops which has resulted in a rapid and violent resurgence of the Taliban. The city of Kabul is mired in chaos and violence with Taliban forces refusing to let many Americans and U.S. allies enter the airport where they can be evacuated from the country. Americans have been told by the U.S. embassy in Kabul that the government cannot ensure their safe passage to the airport.
According to Open Doors, an international outreach that brings support and help to persecuted Christians around the world, the situation in Afghanistan is especially dire for Christians.
“These are uncertain times for Christians in Afghanistan,” An Aug. 20 article on Open Doors notes. “It’s absolutely dangerous. We don’t know what the next months will bring, what kind of implementation of Shariah law we will see, but we continue to ask you to intercede for our brothers and sisters. They are facing insurmountable adversity. We must pray without ceasing.”
According to Open Doors, Christian leaders and converts face particular danger with the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Some of the believers are known in their communities; people know that they converted from Islam to Christianity, and they are considered apostates and the penalty for that is death,” Open Door warned. “The Taliban are famous for carrying out that punishment.”
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Pastor Nwankudu said the developments in Afghanistan are “horrifying, particularly in a situation where it seems that, individually, we are each unable to render help due to the prevailing political and military landscape.”
He urged Alaskans to seek divine intervention.
“We can pray for the most vulnerable in the world right now!,” he said in an Aug. 20 statement. “We can pray for those at risk of losing their lives at any moment if God does not intervene!”
The two-day Zoom prayer will take place Aug. 21-22 at 7 p.m. daily.
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