A little smaller than Texas.
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 4:30 p.m. in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is a land with no church buildings. Christians meet secretly in small house churches.
After terrorists bombed buildings in the U.S. in 2001, the U.S. led a “war on terrorism.” As part of that fight, the U.S. got rid of the radical Muslim “Taliban” government of Afghanistan and helped the country set up a different government. This brought new hope, but Afghanistan still does not have freedom of religion.
More than 95 percent of the people in Afghanistan are Muslims. Radical Muslim Taliban soldiers ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. Under Taliban rule, music, television, games, and videos were against the law. Any Muslim who became a Christian could be executed. Even without the Taliban, Afghanistan is still a very Muslim nation, with about 48,000 mosques. (A mosque is a Muslim place of worship.) Some Afghans learn about Jesus through radio programs that are broadcast from other countries. Muslims who decide to follow Christ risk persecution from their own families and other Muslims.
If someone in Afghanistan says they are a follower of Jesus, they risk serious persecution. Family members and neighbors may attack them. The police and government officials do not stop people from persecuting Christians.
Radical Muslims do not want missionaries and Christians workers who share their faith with Muslims to come to Afghanistan. They have kidnapped Christians who came to Afghanistan to help people.