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Said Musa released!

After intense diplomatic pressure, authorities have released Said Musa, 46, a convert from Islam to Christianity who was imprisoned in May 2010 on charges of apostasy (for more information, click here). The date of Said's release was not clear at last report, but it is known that he left the country on February 21. Said wrote a series of letters from his prison cell. In the last letter, dated February 13, he revealed that representatives of embassies in Kabul visited him and offered him asylum. He was later taken to another room where three Afghan officials tried to convince him to recant his faith, promising him that he would be released within 24 hours if he complied. Said, however, stood firm in his faith. "I told them I cannot [follow] Islam," he wrote in his letter. "I am Jesus Christ's servant. They pushed me much and much. I refused their demands." Details of Said's release remained confidential in order to protect him and his family, who reportedly still remain in danger.

Praise the Lord for Said's release! Pray the Lord will swiftly reconnect him with his family. Pray that he and his family will continue to look to Christ as their provider, guardian and Saviour.

You can find out more about the sufferings of Christians in Afghanistan at the Afghanistan Country Report.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC works with ministry partners to provide Afghan Christians with evangelistic and discipleship radio broadcasts to equip followers of Jesus to present the Gospel in a specialized, culturally relevant, and context-sensitive way. VOMC is also helping our ministry partners to translate scripture into the Dari language.

Project Funds: Underground Church, Relief & Development, Bible

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
37,466,414 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity
Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek and others

Religions (%)
Islam (99.7), Christianity and other (0.3)

Government type
Taliban takeover August 2021

Leader
President (vacant)

Legal system
Mixed legal system of civil, customary, and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Afghanistan

Pray for the protection of these Afghan believers, and for the consistency of their witness, as God continues to build His church according to Matthew 16:18 ("the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it"). In addition to protecting them from physical danger and harm, ask God to insulate these minority Christians from the spiritual oppression surrounding them. May these dedicated followers of Christ mature spiritually and grow in both faith and number.

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