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Standing Up for Jesus in Afghanistan

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length and clarity. Photo: Afghan girl with a children’s Bible)

“I will share my own story of when I accepted Jesus,” said Javed, a Christian from Afghanistan. [Read about Christians in Afghanistan here.]

“We were in a neighboring country where we accepted the Lord. Then we went back to Afghanistan with our children.

“The children were small. We went to my parents’ house, and my father asked my son to say [the Muslim creed].”

(Note: Muslims are required to perform five duties called “The Five Pillars.” The first pillar is reciting the Muslim creed, which says, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger.”)

Javed continued, “But instead of saying what the Muslims say, my son said, ‘There is no God but God, and Jesus is the Spirit of God.’

“My brother and my dad, they were so upset. They started fighting with me and they broke my ribs. They kicked us out of their house. Anyway, this is what I experienced.

“But as a follower of Jesus, we never give up. We never stop loving them. Although I thought I had forgiven my father, there was still pain. Slowly I started praying for him again. The next time when I went to Afghanistan [20 years after I had accepted Jesus], everybody was happy to see me. My dad said, ‘My son, I have missed you so much.’ He hugged and kissed me.

“As a follower of Jesus, you have to continue praying for and loving them, even when they reject you. I can’t prepare somebody for persecution, but I can tell them that Jesus wants us to love and forgive.

“Jesus has victory. He is risen. Let’s remember that.”

(Learn more in the books Learning About Islam and Bold Believers in Afghanistan, available in the Downloads section.)