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International Day of the Bible

The Bible tells about King Josiah, who re-discovered the words of God. He read the words to all the people of the land to turn their hearts back to God. (See 2 Kings 22-23.)

International Bible Week is celebrated during the week of Thanksgiving in the United States. This year, the International Day of the Bible will be observed on November 24. People will read passages of the Bible aloud in public.

Ask a mature Christian to help you discover a story or passage in the Bible that is new to you. Read the passage aloud.

As you learn more about the Bible, remember Christians in the following countries who could be persecuted if they read the Bible aloud in public. (The list is not a complete list.)

  • North Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Somalia
  • Eritrea
  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • Syria
  • Uzbekistan
  • Qatar

New Ideas for Afghans

Afghanistan
Girls skateboarding in Afghanistan

“Girls don’t go out and play!” an Afghan girl a told a visitor from the United States. Traditionally girls and women in Afghanistan have not had the opportunity to learn new activities outside their homes. Some strict Muslims in Afghanistan do not approve of girls even going to school.

A group of people from other countries started skateboarding classes in Afghanistan. Girls are welcome. Students can take other classes besides skateboarding. “[It’s] not just about skateboarding. It’s about giving people life skills and hope for the future,” said a spokesman for the group.

More Hope
The Bible talks of an even “better hope” that brings us closer to God. (See Hebrews 7:20.) Christians are bringing that hope to those in Afghanistan, too.

Christians in Afghanistan are telling others about their hope in Christ. Christian websites and radio broadcasts from outside the country are teaching people that not all Afghans are Muslims; some Afghans follow Jesus. This is a new idea to some viewers and listeners.

The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians who want to reach Muslims with the gospel. Learn more here.

To learn more about Christians in Afghanistan, enter “Afghanistan” in the search box, or Download Bold Believers in Afghanistan free from the Download section.

Photo credit: RhianonB / Wikipedia


A Good Advertisement

Afghanistan
A Muslim woman in Afghanistan

TV programs in Afghanistan are complaining about Christianity and Christians. The anti-Christian programs warn that many Muslims in Afghanistan are becoming Christians. On one program, a Muslim leader told the address of a Christian website.

Afghans are discovering new facts from the anti-Christian programs.

  • They are learning that not all Afghans are Muslims; some of them follow Jesus. Some viewers did not know that.
  • They are learning that there are Christian websites in their own language.

The programs are turning out to be a good advertisement for Christianity!


New TV Shows in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Afghanistan

New TV shows are causing disagreements in some Muslim countries.

Very strict Muslims in Afghanistan do not approve of music, movies, or TV. They are trying to stop a new reality talent show, Afghanistan’s Got Talent from airing on TV in Afghanistan. The show is scheduled to start this month.

“I am going to start a jihad* against those kinds of shows and programs on our television channels,” said one Afghan leader.

In Pakistan, a new cartoon show, Burka Avenger, features a superhero who wears a burka when she fights crime. (A burka is a tent-like robe that covers the body and face, or everything but the eyes.)

The Burka Avenger fights against evil using books and pens as weapons. In one episode, she fights villains who try to close schools.

In real life in Pakistan, strict Muslims in some areas have closed schools and try to keep girls from getting an education.

(Sources include Mohabat News)

Muslims in some countries do not agree with the rules of stricter Muslims. Some of them are looking the Christianity for answers. If they decide to follow Jesus, they will face persecution from Muslims who do not yet know him.

* Not all Muslims agree on the meaning of “jihad.” In this case, it is clear that the leader will work against the TV program based on his Muslim beliefs.


Bold Believers in Afghanistan

Bold Believers in Afghanistan

Very few countries have lower life expectancies than Afghanistan (women: 51 years; men: 48 years). Most Afghans have short, harsh lives and many never learn the truth about Jesus.

But bold Christian believers are working to change things! Afghans are hearing the good news of Jesus while living in other countries as refugees, or from Christian radio programs broadcast from outside of Afghanistan. After giving their lives to Christ, the new Christians look for ways to share the truth with other Afghans.

Read more about Afghanistan’s courageous Christians in Bold Believers in Afghanistan, available for free download in the Downloads section of this website.

The color photos, true stories, activities games, recipes, and country facts in the book can help you learn about past and current believers in a country that is often in the news.