Inspiring story of what it takes to be a Christian in Afghanistan today.

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Dear friend,   “It is dangerous to be a Christian here.”
This comment from a Christian radio listener living Afghanistan, one of the most ‘closed’ countries in the world.   You see, to be an Afghan is to be a Muslim. Religious and political leaders in this country vehemently oppose any interest in Christianity, which is often portrayed as the religion of infidels.     But, God is at work amongst the Afghan people through radio, TV, website and social media pages run by Release partners who are sharing the good news of Jesus and supporting new believers in their faith.   Abdul is one of them. And, this is his story.   Abdul’s journey of faith started by calling a Christian radio station.   Curiosity prompted Abdul to call a Christian radio station’s call-centre early last year.  The worker who took the call encouraged Abdul to find out more about Jesus by reading the Bible.   Sometime later he called again to say that he had got hold of a New Testament from a friend and through reading it God had been working in his life.    It was not long before Abdul got in touch, this time, to say that he had decided to follow Jesus.  In his next call he said, “Your radio programmes have changed my life, now I trust Jesus with all my heart.”   Over the coming weeks and months Abdul faced some tough challenges.   News that one of his friends had been killed, followed by the death of his sister from an illness, caused him deep distress.  During this time the radio station worker spent a lot of time listening to Abdul and praying with him over the phone.   Later in the year Abdul called again to ask advice about sharing his faith with a friend and how to handle a financial dispute with a brother. This gave our worker an opportunity to talk about several areas of discipleship including faith, forgiveness and how to handle money as a follower of Jesus.   Recently Abdul called to express his appreciation for the role radio plays in nurturing his faith.  “Life can be difficult, but God is always good.”   I thank God for believers like Abdul and for our Release ministry partner which is helping Afghans to hear the gospel and follow Jesus.
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