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  • Leader: President Ashraf Ghani
  • Population: 34.2 million (Thousands of Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Country fact sheet

Tribal loyalty is the strongest and most important influence on people’s lives in Afghanistan.

Leaving the religion of the community is unthinkable. Converts who refuse to recant may end up in a psychiatric hospital, or be beaten up by neighbours and friends. Their houses and businesses may be destroyed. Depending on the family, they might even be killed. However, when families witness the life-changing power of Christ, it can be that the whole family converts. This must be kept absolutely secret.

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Please Pray 

  • For God to strengthen and encourage His followers so that they remain faithful, despite the pressure of family and friends
  • That the Lord of Hosts will protect the small number of Christian converts who are in hiding
  • For stability and peace in the country, and an openness to religions other than Islam.

How Open Doors helps

In cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, Open Doors supports the church in Afghanistan through:

  • Literacy training
  • Vocational projects
  • Emergency aid to victims of violent persecution
  • Women's ministry
  • Bible literacy
  • Pastor's training
  • Counselling and trauma therapy.


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