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Mostafa found the answers he was looking for in God's Word.
Photo: Flickr / Jesus Solana

Mostafa Najafi, an Afghan convert to Christianity who fled his home country to seek asylum in the Netherlands, is facing the risk of deportation. After his immigration case was rejected, he was imprisoned for four months. Now, during his detainment in the immigration camp, he faces the possibility of deportation at any time. He also has received threats from hardline Muslims within the camp.

Mostafa, formerly a Muslim, became a Christian about nine months ago. "The first time I got a chance to read the Bible, I realized that I had found answers to many of the unanswered questions I had all my life," he shared.

His acceptance of Christ comes at great risk, as conversion from Islam is considered a crime punishable by death in his home country. When asked what happens to Christians who return to Afghanistan, Mostafa gave this troubling response: "Everyone is aware of the religious extremism in Afghanistan. Even my own father, when he found out that I had become a Christian, told me that 'killing you is my duty, it is my mandatory jihad.'"

Please join us in praying that Mostafa's case will be reviewed with great heartfelt concern and that, as a result, he will be permitted to stay in the Netherlands. Also raise in prayer the immigration officials, asking the Lord to help them recognize the very real dangers facing converts from Islam so they will serve as humanitarian rescuers by offering security to Mostafa and other believers like him. May God shield Mostafa from harm while in the immigration camp. Pray that his devotion to Jesus will lead others to the Christian faith.

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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